Columnar Jointing, 2nd Edition.

I’m reworking the Columnar Jointing hat and cowl, because frankly I’ve been using a much better method of setting up the transitions for this style of hat in all the related designs since this one originally went out. The original design works, but the improved version is so much better and smoother I’m feeling a lot of mortification about releasing the new .PDF just because it is so daft by comparison. I overcomplicated a thing in a pretty remarkable way; this way is better; mea culpa.

Anyway, this way is just so much better that as much as I hate advertising that I didn’t do it the best possible way the first time, I’m doing a new edition of the pattern; if you liked the hat, you’ll like this one better, and I’d highly encourage you to download the new version if you have the old one.


  • An additional hat size. (It’s a size small, intended for preteen kids. However, you do have to watch the brim edge on this design to make sure it’s not tight, so if you’re in doubt as to which size to make, size up. It’s better to have a hat with a folding brim than a hat that’s too tight and unpleasant for a kid, and s/m will also work for a lot of kids’ sizes.)
  • New instructions for picking up stitches. It’s a very small change, but it makes the project flow a lot better. If you’ve done Columnar Jointing and Strandlines, or the Trinity Lace hat, you’ll know right away what’s changed to bring the first design up to an improved level.
  • A stockinette gauge for reference! I have a lot of trouble imagining that anyone will do a stockinette swatch for a hat, since I walk around with Elizabeth Zimmermann’s  idea that hats are basically almost swatch-sized in my head, but if you know your stockinette gauge in a given yarn to begin with, it might be helpful.


Today’s been a day of writing a lot of things and then apparently closing the most vitally important tab, the one full of all the stuff I was writing. RIP, Ravelry pattern page notes. RIP, little new design.

(Seriously, if I get this done at all this evening, it’s going to be, well, this evening, and so it’ll be awfully late as patterns go.)

The Kemmerer Cowl.

So at some point, I intend to switch over from my little amateur free blog to this Actual Website(tm), but it seems like I keep updating the to-be-abandoned blog instead of this one, because I don’t want to lose the (very small) momentum of that one, and no one is really reading this yet. Which is freeing, but also freeing from the incentive to try to build up the blog part of the site so people will have something to read. There’s something deep about that, man. Freedom and freedom from reward.

Anyway, I managed to get a second pattern published in January! This means I’m slightly behind schedule in terms of my indie design goals for this year, but it also means I’m not unrecoverably lagging. And I’m really pleased with this cowl design, although also honesty surprised at how popular it’s been in the forty hours it’s been available.


The Kemmerer Cowl is the latest design, available as an instant .PDF download via Ravelry! It combines simple garter stitch with an interesting seaming technique. It’s a good way to show off a fancy hand-dyed yarn (and it knits up in one skein, so you can even use those extravagant one-skein-dyelots), and makes a very wearable finished piece. DSC_0086.jpeg
It can be purchased via Ravelry as an instant .PDF download, and it’s 15% off through February 14th.