Archive for December, 2013

New Pattern: Snow Ghost Hat

One last pattern from Aimee Alexander and Polka Dot Sheep Publications for this year! Snow Ghost, a two color stranded knit hat…


Isn’t it beautiful? I am rather smitten with Snow Ghost and am planning my colors at this moment. The pictured hat is knit in Cascade 220 Sport and we stock over 40 colors. So that makes it a bit challenging and that is just in one yarn choice. There are other sport weight yarns in stock as well. So there are no shortage of color combinations or yarns.


The Snow Ghost hat is sized small, medium and large. Rather than having differing stitch counts for each size, there is a change in gauge in each size. So you will need determine your desired size and then swatch to determine if your needle choice give you the desired gauge for that size.

The Snow Ghost has a knit in hem like many of Aimee’s other designs. This gives a smooth finish and a good fit. It also adds extra warmth around the ears especially.

The hat is fully charted out with three charts, one for brim, one for body and one for the decrease section. There are two sets of these charts, one with a dark background color and the other with a light background color. The pictured hat is a dark background example.

Here are the details:

Yarn: Sport weight – Recommended yarns are Cascade 220 Sport and PDS Sport

Yardage: Main color (background color) – 150 yards (140 m), contrast color – 130 yards (120 m)

Sizes: small (medium, large)

Gauge: 28 (26, 24) stitches to 4 in / 10 cm in pattern and blocked

Needles: 16″ (40 cm) circular needle and double points in the same size as follows: US 3 (4, 5) / 3.25 (3.5, 3.75) mm for small (medium, large)

As you determine your size, we recommend 1 -2 inches / 2.5 – 5 cm of negative ease for best fit. Finished circumferences are 18 (19.5, 21) in / 46 (50, 54) cm. The small should fit an older child too.

I think the other thing I love about this hat is that the design really would work for anyone, male or female. Maybe it is time to indulge that secret desire to make something matching for you and your partner. You could reverse the colors on the second hat so there is subtle change or maybe you will go with different main colors but the same contrast.

So get your copy of Snow Ghost now on Ravelry (you don’t have to be a member to purchase a pattern).

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Now you might also be wonder “What is a Snow Ghost?”. They are trees that are completed coated with snow and then a layer of ice. They occur on Big Mountain which is the ski mountain in Whitefish Montana where Polka Dot Sheep is physically located. Here is a fun little article on them. If you go to Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Instagram page you will see some great pictures with snow ghosts. So that’s where the name inspiration of the hat came from, our own backyard.

Join our new Ravelry group for all your questions and answers about Polka Dot Sheep Publications designs including Snow Ghost. This really is the best place to go for support. Also share your finished projects, we love to see the creative of our customers.

Thank you for hanging out with us in 201.3. It has been an adventure with lots of yarn, patterns, and knitting of course. 

Come share your goals for 2014 with us over in our Ravelry group. It is a fun tradition that we have done for awhile now.


December 25, 2013 at 1:00 am 2 comments

2013 Holiday Gift Guide from PDS

Shower the yarn lovers, knitters and crocheters in your life with some love with these gift ideas!

1. Something with sparkles ~ Anzula Nebula, a hand dyed fingering weight yarn with sparkles.

Nebula Fluff 1

2. Interchangeable Needle Sets ~We have a number of options available.

Addi Lace Clicks

3. Something that does good in the world ~ Knit Collage Gypsy Garden or Daisy Chain. The spinning of this unique art yarn provides opportunities for economic advancement for women in the Punjab of India.

Knit Collage for gift 2013

4. Yarn Bowls ~ Locally made in the Flathead Valley of Montana by Pomegranate Studio and Whitefish Pottery

Pom Rainbow Yarn Bowl

Pomegranate Studio Rainbow Yarn Bowl

5. Gift Certificates ~ Available at or by calling the Knit ‘n Needle at 888.262.6396.

6. Laura Nelkin Jewelry Kits

Laura Nelkins Jewelry

7. Yarn with Cashmere ~ Anzula Cricket or Schoppel Wolle Cashmere Queen

Cricket Fluff 1

8. Two colors of Classic Elite Toboggan , Watkins Hat Pattern and Clover large pom pom makers. Hat sizes: baby, toddler, child, adult small, adult large). Baby, toddler, child and adult small all require one skein of each color of Toboggan yarn, adult large requires two skeins of one color and one of the other color.

Watkins 1

Watkins Hat by Aimee Alexander Size shown: toddler

9. Something with Silk – The Fibre Company Acadia or Blue Sky Alpaca Silk

Acadia Fluff 1

The Fibre Company Acadia

10. Something exclusive to Polka Dot Sheep and the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe ~ PDS Sport. Hand dyed in Whitefish Montana for Polka Dot Sheep.

PDSsport collage 12-3-13

I hope you enjoy this year’s version of our Holiday Gift Guide. If you want to use it to hint to family and friends, just forward it on to them or share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

Remember we have FREE shipping on orders over $50 (US), $6 flat rate shipping on all other orders in the US and $10 flat rate shipping to Canada.

Enjoy and happy holiday knitting!

~Angela M.

December 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

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