Chilly Headband + Mitts Cable Knitting Pattern

Chilly Headband + Mitts  in Wooly Worsted yarn by Ewe Ewe

Chilly Headband + Mitts in Wooly Worsted yarn by Ewe Ewe

Oh, I love a good new project. The Chilly Headband + Mitts are here and they’re fabulous! Look at those amazing matching cables.

Chilly Headband + Mitts  designed by Makenzie Alvarez for Ewe Ewe Yarns

Chilly Headband + Mitts designed by Makenzie Alvarez for Ewe Ewe Yarns

Makenzie Alvarez of Hanks and Needles designed this beautiful set using Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted merino yarn. Makenzie is known for her cable knitting patterns and she brings those skills on this headband and wrist warmer set!

I checked in with Makenzie for a little Q&A and to dig a little deeper about her passion for making cable knit projects.

Designer Interview with Makenzie Alvarez of Hanks and Needles

Heather: How did you fall in love with cable knitting?

Makenzie: For me it was love at first cable! The added element of creating the cable and watching the elegant dance of stitches crossing knitwear in a beautiful yarn brings them to life; a process I am always inspired by and will never tire of.

Chilly Mitts  designed by Makenzie Alvarez

Chilly Mitts designed by Makenzie Alvarez

Heather: We can get such an amazing texture by moving the stitches around with a cable needle. Why did you choose Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn for the Chilly Headband + Mitts project?

Makenzie: When it comes to designing I am always hunting for yarns that have good stitch definition and that will enhance the cable work. The beautiful twist and color palette of the Ewe Ewe yarn lines has the best of both and it is a delight to knit with!

Heather: I agree! I love the way stitches pop in Wooly Worsted. I think it’s unbeatable (but then again, it is my yarn so I might be biased.)

Chilly Headband cable knitting pattern designed by Makenzie Alvarez of Hanks and Needles

Chilly Headband cable knitting pattern designed by Makenzie Alvarez of Hanks and Needles

Heather: What’s coming next at Hanks and Needles?

Makenzie: Many new things are happening this year. I am jumping in to garment design and adding a lot more accessory patterns including one that many fans have been requesting; my Viking Gloves in Ewe So Sporty yarn from Ewe Ewe.

Heather: I can’t wait to see those new gloves! We’ll have to get together and chat again about your inspiration for that pattern when it launches. Thanks for taking few minutes to chat with me today!

Keep up with Makenzie on her website, on her very active Instagram, and on Ravelry.

About the Chilly Headband + Mitts

Throw your hair up and slip on this soft merino cable headband. Keep your hands warm while your fingers are free with a matching pair of cozy mitts. The headband and mitts feature a bold, fun cable that really stand out when knit with Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted merino yarn.

Where do I get the Chilly Headband + Mitts knitting pattern?

Instructions for both the headband and mitts are included on the same pattern. You can download it at the locations below.

On Chilly Headband + Mitts PDF Knitting Pattern

On Ravelry: Chilly Headband + Mitts Knitting Pattern

How much yarn do I need for the Chilly Headband?

Headband: Size: 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide x 20" length (51 cm)
Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted, 95 yards, 1 skein, Wheat or color of your choice

How much yarn do I need for the Chilly Mitts?

Mitts: Sizes: Small (Large): 7.25 (7.75)" / 18.5 (19.5) cm circumference and 20" / 51 cm length
Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted, 95 yards, 2 skeins, Wheat or color of your choice

Where do I find Wooly Worsted yarn?

Right here on this website: Wooly Worsted merino yarn.

Find a Ewe Ewe Yarn Store near you: View stockists.

What color Wooly Worsted yarn should I choose?

Your favorite one! The Chilly Headband + Mitts sample was knit using Wooly Worsted in Wheat but the simple beauty of this design means any color will work perfectly. Choose one to match your coat or pick a bright one to stand out!

See all the yarn colors: Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted merino yarn and choose the one you love.

Wooly Worsted Merino Yarn
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Sarah Jo Burch {knitting designer interview}

I love to work with new designers for patterns here at Ewe Ewe. Sarah Jo and I met on Instagram and we hit it off. She has designed a huge range of garments – including the Refuge cowl which I went bonkers over – and I wanted to know more about her story and design philosophy. Read through her inspiring words and see her latest design in our yarn!

Tell us a little about yourself.
Name: Sarah Jo Burch
Ravelry: SarahJoKnits

How long have you been knitting? 
I learned to knit when I was 15 by taking a class at my local yarn store (shout out to Handheld in Fayetteville Arkansas!), then got a job there when I was 18. I really benefited from being around so many talented and experienced ladies who were so generous with their help and advice.

What was your first design?
My first design was my prom dress, just a few months after I started working at the yarn shop. It was a simple boatneck tank dress. I added some eyelets at the back to weave a ribbon through for waist-shaping and then I used increasing needle sizes to make the skirt flare. From the knee down I worked a leave pattern that became all lace by the floor-length hem. 

I was (and still am) captivated by the way that sticks and string can produce wearable garments. I love creating things with intuitive design that don't require an advanced degree in knitting to figure out. 

How did you turn knitting into a career?
A dream I had from early on was to learn about the design world from the publisher's perspective so that I could be a better designer. Then when I was 21, I had the opportunity to spend a summer in Cleveland interning with designer/publisher Shannon Okey, and the next year I spent about 4 months in New York City as the yarn editor for Soho Publishing (that's Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, and Sixth&Spring Books) while their yarn editor was on maternity leave. 

Do you have a philosophy for your knitting and designs?
There's never a point at which someone can know it all, so everyone benefits from the collective knowledge of the knitting community, even the non-knitters. That community inspires my designs - it's a shared love of the colors and textures and techniques, combined with a desire to contribute something to those who've given so much to me!

In the twelve years I've been knitting, I've seen so much of knitting's potential for good like the way that learning to knit can empower someone. Whether it's by giving them an income, a creative outlet, or a way to give back, I love what knitting stands for and the community it creates. The generosity of knitters is constantly amazing, from those who donate finished garments to those who give their time to encourage others, and I am happy to be a part of it.

Now I'm blessed with two tiny models and a sweet husband who finds my knitting obsession endearing rather than annoying, and doesn't mind circling the parking lot one more time so I can finish my row.

My latest design is the Stacks children's sweater designed in Ewe Ewe's sport-weight yarn. I got the name "Stacks" from rows of library books. We love going to the library and bringing home piles of brightly illustrated pictures books – simple but something we can all enjoy. That's my hope for this pattern, something a busy mom can make and a busy baby can happily wear.

See the pattern here.

Controlled Chaos Brioche Hat Design

Controlled Chaos by Meaghan Schmaltz

My friend Meaghan Schmaltz of the Unapologetic Knitter has designed the most awesome brioche knit hat that the world has ever seen. Look how cute it is! (the hat and her!) I wanted to find out more about this unique design so I asked her a few questions. Check out what she says!

Heather: Out of all the yarns out there, why did you choose Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn for this design?

Meaghan: Having had the chance to work with a wide array of yarns I have found that Wooly Worsted is delightfully forgiving and when it comes to learning a new knitting skill, especially brioche which has earned a reputation as a “scary” technique, you can’t ask for more than a forgiving yarn. Learning brioche, or any new knitting skill, can be stressful for even the most comfortable knitter; as a result we tend to get a tighter tension and, dare I say it… our hands get a bit sweaty. Ewe Ewe holds up to all of it - my first attempt at brioche using Wooly Worsted was a breeze. I ripped out swatch after swatch (after swatch) and still had a nice, smooth, non-pilled yarn to work with. It took a beating and still looked great.

Controlled Chaos brioche hat knitting pattern

Heather: Those colors look great together! How did you pick those three? Is there a trick to picking the right colors for this pattern?

Meaghan: I started out with that I knew: I love Aquamarine, it’s my absolute favorite color so I knew it had to be included. I wanted something really bright and punchy that would highlight the Aquamarine. After reading a color article about complementary colors I basically just followed the math - what was the complementary color to Aquamarine? Orange Peel! This gave me the highest contrast between the colors. As far as the neutral, I felt that the Aquamarine and Orange Peel were warm colors, and I wanted to stay in that palette so I chose the Wheat. I definitely recommend looking up what the complementary colors are for your favorite colors and working from there.

Controlled Chaos brioche hat knitting pattern

Heather: You seem like a brioche knitting guru! Do you have more info about how I can learn to knit brioche?

Meaghan: Most definitely! And all the videos are shot using Ewe Ewe Yarns, actually! I’ve created a set of videos on The Unapologetic Knitter YouTube channel. There are even a few videos that specifically relate to the Controlled Chaos hat. These tutorials will get any knitter off the ground and brioche-ing in no time:

Heather: That's awesome and your videos are great! Seriously so clear and educational. Thanks for sharing all of this extra info about your gorgeous new hat pattern.  

Find the Controlled Chaos brioche hat knitting pattern on the Follow Meaghan on Facebook and Instagram

Find a Ewe Ewe yarn store near you for your Wooly Worsted yarn! 

Get the story behind Ewe Ewe Yarns!

On Thursday, June 18 I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Yarn Thing with Marly Bird podcast. It was a fun hour of chatting and answering questions about how I developed the yarns and built my company. Ewe Ewe Yarns was started by me, Heather Walpole and it all began with just one yarn in seven colors. I talk all about how I chose the fiber, colors and the big decisions I made when starting my own yarn company!

We also talk about my new book Scarves in the Round and some of the inspiration behind the scarves, cowls and neckwarmers that went in to the book. There's all types of projects starting with the simple and moving through to lace, texture and color work. Check it out! 

Read the show notes here.

Catch the Yarn Thing with Marly Bird podcast each Tuesday and Thursday morning on

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Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird {Updated!}

I'll be on the Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird! Thursday, June 18th is my day and I'll be chatting with Marly for the entire one hour live podcast. We'll be talking about all of the great designs in my new book, Scarves in the Round, Ewe Ewe Yarns and generally all things knitting.

The Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird is one of the longest-running knitting podcasts on the air. Each week, Marly sits down with some of the top-designers in the knitting industry and talks about new projects and what's going on out there in the world of yarn. There's shows with Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton, Nicky Epstein, Amy Herzog and lots more. I am so excited to have been asked to come on the show. And, Marly has such a great laugh, I'm just looking forward to chatting with her!

Marly Bird and Heather Walpole

The Yarn Thing podcast airs LIVE at 10 am MST and you can call in during the show! Whoh. How fun is that? Call, ask me a question! (347) 539-5589. 

Plus, there's a giveaway! Tune in to find out what we'll be giving away and how to enter.

I had originally posted that the air date would be Thursday, June 11, 2015 but due to a scheduling conflict we have moved the show to Thursday, June 18. Subscribe below!

Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird
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Book Review: She Makes Hats

My friend Robyn Devine has written a light and inspiring book about her journey as a knitter. Robyn began knitting about 15 years ago and never looked back. She didn't start small because it seems like small is not something she knows. Her second project was a huge blanket with hundreds of stitches. Then more blankets and a few attempts at sweaters.

With a decade of knitting under her belt and a new life settled in Omaha, Robyn was itching for a challenge. She set herself the goal of knitting 100 hats in a year which is pretty lofty. Two hats per week is a lot of knitting and takes a solid dose of perseverance.

She did it.

And she didn't stop there! Robyn turns to her knitting, the simple knits and purls, whenever she gets the chance. Her hats have grown into a lifelong project of charity donations. She's turning yarn into hats and in turn creating tangible love. Follow along on her journey through life, having children and finding new experiences through happy accidents in She Makes Hats

Buy She Makes Hats from Amazon >

Visit to follow more of Robyn's adventures. 

All the uplifting stories in her book inspired me to join her in her hat-making goals and that's why we partnered for our first Charity Hat-Along. Read more about how you can donate hats to charity.