Pride Parade {free hat knitting pattern}

Pride Parade free hat knitting pattern

I grew up in a small town not really knowing any gay people or maybe I did but I didn't know it. When I got my first real job I made friends and I liked who I liked. I didn't know that my boss was gay and I really didn't care. She was great at her job and taught me a lot about design. After weeks on the job I asked a passing question about her "husband" and all of my coworkers had a good belly-laugh at my expense.

That moment was a pivotal learning experience in my life about how I live and love. I learned that I really, deep-down, don't care if you live your life differently than I do; if I like you, I like you and that's that. Everyone is different and they are taking a path through life just like I am. I want everyone to have the same opportunities to enjoy each day and that's why I designed this hat. We are all equal. It's that simple. So this is a simple hat with stripes. I sized it from baby to adult so you can make one for anyone and everyone you love. 

Pride Parade Hat

Ewe Ewe Yarns Pattern #133
Designed by Heather Walpole

Sizes: Baby (Kid, Adult Small, Adult Large)
Measurements: 15 (16¾, 18½, 20½)" circumference; Stretches to fit 18 (21, 22, 24)" head size; 4¾ (5½, 6½, 7½)" high.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Wooly Worsted, 95 yards to 50g.
Color A: 1 skein or approx 26 yds, 14g (80 Indigo)
Color B: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g (78 Sapphire)
Color C: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g(50 Pistachio)
Color D: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g (30 Saffron)
Color E: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g (25 Orange Peel)
Color F: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g (20 Red Poppy)

Note: Yarn amounts are based on the weight of Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn and may vary with other yarns. Amount shown is to create the largest size hat.

Needles: US 8 (5 mm) 16" circular knitting needles; US 8 (5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles.

Supplies: Stitch marker, yarn needle.

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows to 4" stockinette stitch.


With Color A, cast on 68 (76, 84, 92) sts, place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist cast on sts.

Round 1: *K2, P2; rep from * around. 
Work as for Round 1 for 4 (5, 6, 7) rounds total.

Next round: Knit.
Change to Color B and knit 5 (6, 7, 8) rounds.
Change to Color C and knit 5 (6, 7, 8) rounds.
Change to Color D and knit 5 (6, 7, 8) rounds.
Change to Color E and knit 5 (6, 7, 8) rounds.
Change to Color F and knit 3 (4, 5, 6) rounds.

Decrease as follows changing to double-pointed needles as needed to prevent stretching the fabric. 

Round 1: *K2, k2tog; rep from * around. 51 (57, 63, 69) sts.
Round 2: Knit around. 
Round 3: *K1, k2tog; rep from * around. 34 (38, 42, 46) sts.
Round 4: Knit around.
Round 5: K2tog around. 17 (19, 21, 23) sts.
Round 6: Knit around.
Round 7: K2tog around to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 9 (10, 11, 12) sts.
Round 8: K2tog around to the last 3 (0, 3, 0) sts, k2tog, k1. 5 (5, 6, 6) sts remaining.

Cut yarn leaving a 6" tail. Thread tail through remaining sts. Pull tight to close hole and secure on the inside. Weave in all yarn ends. Block hat using steam or wet-blocking to set the stitches. Love!

Stitch glossary:
K – knit
K2tog – knit two stitches together
P – purl
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
st(s) – stitch(es)
If 0 is shown for a stitch count for the hat size being followed, disregard that instruction.

Ravelry Roundup: Lots of Love to Give

My Ewe Ewe Heart Heart free knitting pattern has been around since I first started designing free patterns for worsted weight yarn. With a heart in my logo it seemed only natural that I have a few knitted hearts in Wooly Worsted yarn laying around my studio. I love to make these with leftover yarn odds and ends and it looks like you do, too! 

Check out these great projects that use the heart in so many creative ways!

Free knitting pattern ideas

These are all great ideas from the projects section of the Ewe Ewe Heart Heart pattern on Ravelry. I love how creative people get! Attach some hearts to ribbon or string to make a bookmark or an adorable shop window display.

Knitted hearts by kadairh

Knitted hearts by kadairh

Knit hearts for a window display by maxfun

Knit hearts for a window display by maxfun

Embellish the stuffed hearts with letters and give them as personal valentines. What a special little note!

Knitted heart notes by prettyjess82

Knitted heart notes by prettyjess82

Make a heart as a pretty wedding charm for a special bride. Or spell out how much you love someone and use that heart!

Wedding charm by hello354

Wedding charm by hello354

Knit heart love message by playswithyarn3

Knit heart love message by playswithyarn3

Whatever way you want to show your love the Ewe Ewe Heart Heart is a great token.

Knit hearts for pride by tornangel012

Knit hearts for pride by tornangel012

See more ideas for this heart pattern on Ravelry. Download the pattern for the Ewe Ewe Heart Heart here.

TNNA: Wholesale Yarn Trade Show

It was that time again! Twice a year I head to market to promote Ewe Ewe Yarns to yarn stores around the world. The National Needlearts Association hosts a semi-annual trade show where yarn companies, pattern designers, and notions creators can exhibit their products and yarn stores come to shop and buy in bulk for their upcoming season.

Heather Walpole of Ewe Ewe Yarns

Hello! That's me, Heather, and Ewe Ewe is my yarn company. For the weekend of the TNNA show I get to introduce our merino wool yarn to wholesale customers. We only sell in bulk at this trade show. 

Ewe Ewe has three weights of merino yarn; a sport called Ewe So Sporty, a worsted called Wooly Worsted, and new this year is our thickest called Baa Baa Bulky. All three yarns come in the same palette of bright, modern colors. All the colors work together to create a bold, bright, happy statement in a yarn shop. 

There's also a FULL pattern line to go along with the yarns. I work with designers but I also design a lot of these patterns myself. Look at all this cute stuff!

Ewe Ewe Yarns trade show booth

Ewe Ewe Yarns trade show booth

If you're looking for our yarns take a look at our Where to Buy page >

Looking to learn more about Ewe Ewe Yarns for your store? See the wholesale info page or email us today!

Wainscot Scarf {free knitting pattern}

Wainscot Scarf FREE knitting pattern

Need a great, easy scarf pattern? This is it! The Wainscot Scarf is a simple stitch pattern that you work the same for every row. It's timeless design is perfect as a man's scarf and for a stylish woman.

This free scarf knitting pattern uses two balls of Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn and knits into a soft, scrumptious piece. It's great for you or to give as a gift!

Wainscot Scarf free knitting pattern

Wainscot Scarf {free knitting pattern}


Ewe Ewe Yarns Pattern #132
Designed by Pauline Walpole
Measurements: 7" wide x 68” long
Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Baa Baa Bulky, 132 yards; 2 skeins (50 Pistachio) 

Needles: US 10.5 (6.5 mm) knitting needles
Supplies: Yarn needle
Gauge: 14 sts and 20 rows to 4" stockinette stitch.


Cast on 20 sts.

Row 1: *K3, p1; rep from * across.

Work as for Row 1 until piece measures 68" or desired length.

Weave in all yarn ends. Block headband using steam or
wet-blocking to set the stitches. Love!

Note! This pattern is the same on the front and back and can be made wider or narrower than the suggested size simply by using a different stitch count. Any variation can be made by casting on a multiple of 4 sts. Example: Narrower scarf, CO 12. Wider scarf: CO 28. 

View this pattern on Ravelry >

Ewe Ewe Event: Yarnover Truck @ Bagby Beer in Oceanside

I'll be hanging out at an event with the Yarnover Truck on January 28! The truck will be at Bagby Beer Company in Oceanside, CA from 1-5 pm. Woohoo!

The Yarnover Truck is the first yarn store on wheels and this little mobile treasure travels all over Southern California. I'm so excited to have them come to my favorite local brewery and spend the day with them. We'll have lots of samples, a few sips of beer, and tons of laughs. 

The details:


Where: Bagby Beer Company
  601 S Coast Highway
  Oceanside, CA 92054
When: Saturday, January 28, 2017; 1 to 5 pm.
Who: Yarnover Truck and Heather Walpole
What: A trunk show, meet-and-greet, knitting fun!

Questions? Email me.

2-Hour Pussy Cat Hat {free knitting pattern}

Pussy Cat Hat

I've had a ton of requests for a hat pattern using Ewe Ewe yarns for the Pussy Hat Project. This is a political movement and while you may or may not support it this is a cute hat that you can make in pink or any other color. It's up to you!

Politics aside, I am happy that more and more people are learning to knit just to make these hats. Let's support new knitters and get them casting on whatever the case! Here is our free hat knitting pattern and as the name suggests – it's quick to make!

Pussy Hat Project knitting pattern

2-Hour Pussy Cat Hat

Ewe Ewe Yarns Pattern #131
Designed by Heather Walpole

Measurements: 8-9" high, 17" around; stretches to fit 23-24" head
Yarn: Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky, 132 yards; 1 skein (10 Berry).
Needles: US 15 (10 mm) 16" circular knitting needles
Supplies: Stitch marker, darning needle
Gauge: 8 sts to 4" in stockinette stitch

Notes: The yarn is held double throughout the hat by being pulled from the outside and inside of the skein. This hat uses the entire ball for an adult size hat.


With yarn held doubled, cast on 42 stitches, place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist cast-on stitches.
Round 1: *K1, P1, rep from * around.
Repeat Row 1 for 9 rounds more.

Round 11: Knit around.
Continue to work as for Round 11 until hat measures 8-9" from the beginning or until there is about 1½ yards of yarn left.

Bind off.

Pull the remaining yarn through the last stitch, lay the hat flat and sew a seam across the top to close the hat. This will form the finished kitty cat ears.

Wear you new hat with pride!

Find this pattern on Ravelry >

2016 Recap: 15 NEW Knitting + Crochet Patterns!

2016 Recap of Knitting Patterns

I like the New Year because it's a good time to look back and see what you've accomplished. Maybe there's a little, maybe there's a lot, maybe it will help you focus for what you want the New Year to bring!

To me, 2016 felt like a rollercoaster. My best friend moved away, my mom was diagnosed with cancer, again, my dog died and I got a super gross spider bite that has left a huge scar! Those are just the lowlights that I can remember off the top of my head. But I am a happy person and a positive thinker and I find that I can't help but be happy when I look at Ewe Ewe! I love when Ewe Ewe looks like the fun and happiness we all need so each yarn color has a purpose and each pattern is pretty, quirky or just plain silly.

This year we added 15 new patterns for Ewe So Sporty and Wooly Worsted yarns. There is a little bit of everything from a baby blanket to cozy socks, scarves and cowls, and a whole bunch of fun hats. We have guest designs from Sarah Jo Burch who once worked at Vogue Knitting and the clever stylings of Amber Darling with her hilarious message hats.

Here's the big list of what was new new at Ewe Ewe in 2016!

  1. BUZZ OFF Beanie in Wooly Worsted yarn.
  2. Serenity Slouch Socks in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  3. Wild Fiber brioche cowl in Wooly Worsted yarn.
  4. Frontside Flip hat in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  5. Nectar Scarf in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  6. Rush lace cowl in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  7. Knit Hard banner free pattern in Wooly Worsted yarn.
  8. Head to the Sleigh! hat in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  9. Bohemian Grove crochet fringed cowl in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  10. Stacks children's sweater in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  11. Hatstraction in Wooly Worsted yarn.
  12. Bibbidi Bobbidi Blanket in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  13. Turkey Says What? hat in Wooly Worsted yarn.
  14. Me and the Tree Scarf Set in Wooly Worsted yarn.
  15. Positive Vibes hat in Wooly Worsted yarn.

Use code: BESTOF2016 to get 25% OFF these and any Ewe Ewe patterns on or Ravelry through 1/7/17.

And this long list doesn't even include our exiting and hugely successful Baa Baa Bulky yarn and pattern range that debuted this year! 

Wooly Worsted yarn heart

I want to say thank you for being a part of the joy that Ewe Ewe is about. It may seem like there's a team here but there really isn't. It's me, Heather, back here typing, planning, photographing, shipping orders and posting messages. That's all! This business is as small as a small business can be and I really do appreciate you stopping by to see what's new. Hello!

I hope you have a happy and healthy 2017 and that knitting will continue to bring you endless hours of delight and relaxation. Cheers to a bright New Year!

Top 10 Most Popular Knitting + Crochet Patterns in 2016

It's the end of 2016 and here's what were the most popular knitting and crochet patterns this year. There's a whole range of techniques and styles and there's a lot to choose from!

Top baby blanket knitting patterns: 

Both the Buttercup Baby Blanket and the Peek A Blue Blanket are easy knitting patterns for blankets that show off a few stitches in a sampler style. They both features Ewe Ewe's Ewe So Sporty washable merino yarn.

Favorite scarf and shawl knitting patterns:

The Nectar Scarf has a simple bias knit design that uses three colors in a unique set of colors in constantly changing stripes. The Double Deco is a much larger and more generous shawl that meshes four colors to create a modern wrap using Ewe So Sporty yarn.

Top worsted-weight crochet patterns:

We love crochet around here! The Wearever Wrap is the best-seller once again and our newer Show Off Shrug is turning heads, too. Made in Wooly Worsted yarn, these two shoulder-warmers will hug you in style.

Top hat knitting patterns:

A good, basic beanie never goes out of style. That's why the Family of Hats which has a hat for everyone made our best-seller list yet again! The Sand & Sea hat is also at the top of the charts because of it's simple but fun-to-knit Fair Isle patterning.

Top mitts to keep your fingers warm:

Mittens are the best. My hands are always cold and I have to say, the Miss Match Mittens are my favorite thing to grab when I walk the dog this time of year. And, I've also been known to sit at my desk wearing the Techie Twosome (which may be how they got their name!) :) 

Get the patterns!

We hope you enjoyed Ewe Ewe's Best Of 2016 knitting and crochet patterns. Use code BESTOF2016 to get 25% OFF these patterns either here on or Ravelry through 1/7/17.

Candy Cane Cowl Knitting Pattern

There's nothing like a little holiday cheer to warm you up. Make the Candy Cane Cowl in Baa Baa Bulky yarn! This sweet little project is a quick knit.

Designed by Cait St. George for Cream City Yarn, she says, "A little cowl full of holiday cheer! Inspired by my favorite candy this easy colorwork pattern knits up quick in bulky yarn and is perfect if you’re looking to give stranded knitting a try."

Get the Candy Cane Cowl pattern on Ravelry >

See Baa Baa Bulky yarn >

Visit Cream City Yarn in Brookfield, WI or their online shop >

Knit a Baby Beard!

What's cuter than a little kid in a hand-knit beard? Not much!

You can knit this adorable little Santa beard for a baby or kid in your life. Better yet, knit them for all the kiddos and take the cutest Christmas card on Earth! 

The Baby Beard knitting pattern is available on Ravelry for just $2 and comes in two sizes, baby and toddler. Knit using Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn, this beard is soft and washable and one skein makes two baby-sized beards! Those twins are gonna win at Christmas.

Get a kit! The Baby Beard is designed by our friends at PostStitch and you can get a complete kit that comes with the pattern and one ball of Wooly Worsted yarn packed in a sweet holiday bag. The Baby Beard Kit is available at for $12. Fun! 

Get the Baby Beard pattern >

Get the Baby Beard Kit >