Sneak Preview!

Knitting the Child size Sample for the Castle Hat.

Knitting the Child size Sample for the Castle Hat.

Here is a sneak preview of my next pattern. I have been working on this design since November. It was a special request from my son, Jeff, for his girlfriend. They are both long- distance hikers and have through-hiked both the Appalachian Trail (known as the “AT”) and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Both of these trails are over 2,000 miles long! This Spring they start the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). At over 3,000 miles it is the longest of the three. Hikers who have through-hiked all three are known in the hiker world as “Triple Crowners”. While on the trails, each hiker goes by a trail name. My son’s is “Portrait” and his girlfriend’s is “Castle”. He requested a hat for her with a castle on it. I actually put three castles on the hat – one for each trail. It’s a triple crowner’s castle hat!

This has certainly been a challenge for me, but after several false starts I am really happy with it. This design is the first time I am using my new StitchMastery software for charting also. Doesn’t it make a nice chart? I still need to finish knitting up the child’s size sample, find some models, photograph them, finalize the written pattern and make it a pdf, have the pattern tech edited, have the pattern test knit, make a pattern page on Ravelry for it, and get it on the website here. Almost done!