Two New Patterns, One New Yarn And One Fantastic Cause

Today I have two new hat patterns ready for the world. On the left is Bloomin Marvellous, and on the right is Little Bud: a duo of hats that have been designed to celebrate and support women in children in need. The proceeds of this eBook, which compromises two hats (Bloomin’ Marvellous and Little Bud) will be donated to the women’s shelter charity Refuge.

The price for an eBook containing both patterns is set at a modest £3.50, however, if you would like to pay what you can, please visit This Page to make a donation (anything from £1, $1, €1, etc, up to whatever you can afford, more or less than the pattern (added to which benefit, no Paypal or Ravelry fees will be deducted, and no VAT if you are a UK taxpayer… Just pop your Ravelry name, email address or some other way to contact you in the comments section there, or drop me a line here or on Ravelry, and I will send your pattern (there may be a slight delay as I will not be at my computer all the time).

Both hats are designed to have a gathered crown which provides soft yarns with a lesser amount of structure the support to make a pompom look it’s best. Instructions for making a pompom and templates to do so are included in both patterns.

The embellishments on each hat are what set each apart, symbolising the growth and new beginning of those in need who receive help and support, whether it be from loved ones and friends, or organisations and charities such as Refuge that go towards helping women and children grow and bloom, and one day hopefully to help people become Bloomin Marvellous. Little Bud is also a poignant name, as the photos are of me and my own little one, who though still just a bud, will bloom himself. He is also my little buddy, and another form of support alongside my husband, my friends, and in the past Refuge, the charity for which any proceeds are directed.

The colours for each hat are reversed from its partner, and you can make both hats (one Adult, one baby from just the two skeins of yarn. You could make two adult hats from two skeins, but the pompoms would not be as big and full, should you choose to top them with the cheery balls of fluff.

These hats knit up very quickly as they are made from a bulky but ever-so-buttery-soft yarn: It’s A Stitch Up’s Marshmallow Cloud. One skein of each of two shades (Night Moves and Rebel Rebel) was plenty to provide enough yarn for not only both hats but the two fine pompoms and then quite some left over. There would be enough yarn in two skeins to make two adult hats, with perhaps smaller pompoms.

It’s A Stitch Up have very generously put together a Bloomin Marvellous/Little Bud Kit to support Refuge. The kit contains both skeins of yarn used in these designs (Marshmallow Cloud in Rebel Rebel and Night Moves) and copies of both hat patterns, which will be emailed to you when your yarn is dispatched. £5 of the sale of each yarn kit will go towards Refuge.

I was going to put a review of this gorgeous yarn into this post, but in all honesty I think it is deserving of a post all of its own, so I shall write a dedicated post for the yarn in the coming day, but in short it is one of the most beautiful yarns I have used. I would love to see versions of this hat in the un-dyed shade teamed with either the soft pink of the ‘Baby Cakes’ shade, or with the vibrant pop of colour from ‘Hot Thing’.

A wide range of sizes are given for both hat designs, as below…

Small Baby: 37cm (14.5”)
Newborn – 3 months: 38cm (15”)
4 – 6 months: 39.5cm (15.5”)
7 – 11 months: 40.5cm (16”)
1 – 2 years: 43cm (17”)
2 – 3 years: 46cm (18”)
Child (3-12 years): 49.5cm (19.5”)
Teen: 53cm (21”)
Adult Small: 56cm (22”)
Adult Large: 59.5cm (23.5”)

Anyway, stop reading this: please just chuck a small donation this way by purchasing a pattern, or kit from It’s A Stitch Up, or via The Charity Donation Page and feel good to have made a difference today!

Yarn weight: Bulky / 12 ply (7 wpi)
Gauge: 16 stitches and 21 rows stitches = 4 inches/10cm in Stockinette stitch
Needle size: US 8 & 9 – 5 & 5.5 mm
Yardage: 75 – 150 yards (70 – 140 m) used for sample size
Sizes available: 10 sizes, from small baby to large adult
Price: £3.50 add to cart or buy it now

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