July 26, 2010 § 2 Comments
Irina Lawrence isn’t your typical music and English class loving 14-year old.
An aspiring novelist, avid spinner, knitter and occasional weaver, Irina he has been active in her 4H fiber arts club for three years and has received many awards for her work. Additionally, she raises and shows Satin Angora rabbits in order to spin their fiber and raises and shows rare breed North American Wensleydale sheep. Assisting her mother, Jeri Robinson Lawrence at fiber festivals and her Pennsylvania shop Flying Fibers regularly, it’s a fair assessment to say Irina has grown up around the fiber arts.
This past year Irina joined her mother’s “sheep to shawl” team as a spinner as the only non-adult. Competing in the Pennsylvania Farm Show 2010 Sheep to Shawl competition, Irina was the youngest participant in 30 years! The team won the spinner’s award with her help and received 2nd place overall in the competition. Talk about a great mother/daughter team!
Irina caught our attention after she designed a child’s hat using our Bambino Taffy in cocoa. A simple yet cute design using seed stitch and stockinette with a rolled brim, it’s been dubbed the “Chocolat Chaud Toddler Hat” (that’s “Hot Chocolate Toddler Hat” for all you non-French speakers out there.) She says her favorite things to knit are hats because they can be simple or intricate and are quick to knit. She also likes knitting lace shawls because they offer a challenge.
Irina was kind enough to let us publish her hat pattern free for you lucky blog readers!
Size: Finished circumference 15.7 cm
Yarn: Be Sweet Bambino Taffy in cocoa
Needles: US size 6 (4.0mm) 16” circulars
Other Materials: Stitch marker
• CO 78 sts, join in round being careful not to twist sts and place marker to distinguish the beginning of the round
• Knit 5 rows
• Begin seed st, continue for 1.2″
• Next section: Knit in stockinette st until work measures 5.5″
• Decrease 10 sts evenly across row
• Next row: [k2, k2tog] repeat to end of row
• Knit 1 row
• Next row: [k1, k2tog] repeat to end of row
• Knit 1 row
• Next row: *k2tog to end of row, knit 1 row, k2tog to end of row.* Repeat from * until 16 sts remain
• Break yarn, weave through remaining sts and cinch shut, securing on WS
© 2010 Irina Lawrence
Her advice to young knitters is simple and honest… “Keep your mind open, knit often, and don’t let other people’s comments get to you.”