cyclone and typhoon

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wow, what a week it has been; thank you everyone for your enthusiastic response to the release of our winterwood shawl kit—it caused quite a little stir in our store, selling out in just a few short hours (seriously—thank you). many of you noticed and commented on the cute hat that sarah styled the outfit with. so many in fact, that is was clear what the next pattern release should be—nothing other than cyclone.

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didn’t recognize it exactly? that could be because we knit the gray sample in our stone soup fingering yarn; the design first appeared in FIFC 2012 as the november project, knit in fleur de fiber aries oceanus in the very popular abalone colorway. that version was modeled above by our dear friends at AVFKW, adrienne and kristine.

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cyclone is a soft, slouchy tam with an asymmetrical brim that can be worn in any position. a fiber blend containing both springy wool and something silky will make it drape nicely without losing its body or warmth.

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the garter stitch brim provides a cozy layer and stability around the ears, while the sides and top are worked in a swirl of openwork patterning that encourages drape and shape. it’s just what you need to solve the problem of those annoying bad hair days; just tuck it all inside and go.

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it’s funny, sometimes at wool shows i see one floating above the crowd; it’s a very eye-catching piece.

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now, no hat exists as an island—a beautiful hat just begs for some matching or coordinating accessories. with the leftover yarn from any size of this tam, you can knit these cut (and surprisingly warm) typhoon cuffs (pattern sold separately).

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our gray version captured so much attention the other day that nicole put together a kit that includes your choice of stone soup fingering yarn in any shade OR our ghillie sock in cream, plus the two patterns, cyclone and typhoon.

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while many of us are tucked in at home watching the blizzard rage outside, it’s not too early to be thinking of spring accessories and these will fit the bill perfectly, with a nice weight to keep the chill off, but a little openwork for ventilation on sunny days. plus, it’s an entertaining knit for the long winter nights that are left to go.

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for those lucky enough to live in more temperate conditions year round, accessories like these are just plain fun—convertible and comfortable, they go with everything.

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shown above, the large tam (left) and the medium tam (right) in fleur de fiber aries oceanus, colorway abalone

shown below, the medium tam knit in bare naked wools stone soup fingering yarn, color slate.

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the pattern includes instructions for three sizes to fit older children and adults alike. OH! and nan is wearing it here with the rain on a hot tin roof cowl (largest size), which our friend phoebe knit up for us in all four shades of stone soup fingering yarn

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to purchase patterns or view complete pattern information, please click here to visit the cyclone page or here to visit the typhoon page in the knitspot pattern shop. or purchase the pattern in our ravelry pattern shop.

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cyclone and typhoon are also included in the FIFC 2012 eBook collection—14 terrific accessory patterns, each one multi-sized and suitable for gifting or keeping; many will have universal appeal for women, men, and children alike. purchase the eBook collection from the knitspot club website or in our ravelry pattern shop (it takes a few seconds to view).

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another fun thing to do—click here and here to view the project pages for cyclone and typhoon. see more examples of knit by club members and photographed on a variety of people and in alternate yarns. or better yet, join us in our swingin’ FIFC clubhouse or knitspot mothership for a KAL!

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speaking of club knits, we put heart and soul into creating wonderful packages with which to surprise our members each month. at the moment, signups are underway for our 2014 bare naked knitspot club—a celebration of the under-discovered side of the fiber world in all its natural, undyed glory.

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we scour the globe to find interesting yarns and the fiber story behind them, beautifully photographed and fully researched. each yarn selection is paired with a design that shows its character off to best advantage and sometimes we throw in a cool goodie for fun.

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our partners are all small business owners who care deeply about their role in putting farm fresh fiber products into knitters hands.

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all of this delivered right to your door, six times per year—what could be better? if that sounds fun to you, come join the flock!

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6 Responses to “cyclone and typhoon”

  1. Jo Morgan says:

    Youhave been a busy blogger this week. Stay warm ( like that would be a problem with all that beautiful wool around ).

  2. Alhbooks says:

    Yum…I need to go back and knit another one of these in an alternate yarn now. I wear my Abalone one all the time!

  3. josiekitten says:

    I find it amazing how just knitting something in a different yarn makes a project look totally different. I love this hat in the Stone Soup, it looks so cosy.

  4. Anne Marie says:

    I love the picture of Nan smiling. She looks like she has just had a wonderful relaxing vacation.
    Happy New Year!

  5. Anna says:

    You’ve seen me at a show wearing that! It’s my favorite hat, hands down. I love that it’s pretty much a three seasons hat.

  6. Kim says:

    Can’t WAIT to see what you’ve got cooked up for the Bare Naked Club this go-round! I think with it going every two months I have great hope of getting things finished on time!