The Sundew Hat is one of our all-time favourite easy knitting patterns for winter—a super easy pom-pom beanie that is sure to be worn again and again.
Quick to knit and extra-cozy, the Sundew Hat is the perfect cold-weather accessory. Whether you are looking to knit a thoughtful last-minute gift or your own quintessential hat, the Sundew Hat is a crowd-pleasing favourite with its classic design and soft texture. It looks great when worn slouchy, and just as cool with the brim rolled. We designed the hat in our luxurious Alpaca Wool yarn, which perfectly balances the softness of alpaca with the structure of wool. The yarn is a pleasure to knit with and the pattern is easy to follow – you will be so pleased with your results, you’ll want to make a Sundew Hat in every colour.
The Sundew Hat is a good beginner project as the thick stitches are easy to see and you will be able to wear your finished hat in no time. Because the stitches are chunky, it is easiest to follow the instructions and begin knitting the project with round needles and then switch to double pointed needles when required to complete the crown shaping. The hat is finished with an oversized pom pom. This special touch is easy to make – you can purchase a pom pom maker or create a pom pom the old-fashioned way using cardboard cutouts. Before attempting to make a pom pom, we find it helpful to watch online tutorials, which ensure that you achieve the right look on the first try. You also have the option of buying a pre-made pompom, or leaving the hat without any embellishments at all. Either way, you’ll have a beautiful hat that you’re sure to love!
- 2 Skeins of Americo Alpaca Wool (30% Superfine Alpaca / 70% Wool) 100g / 87 yards (80 m)
- 6.5 mm (US10.5) 16-inch (40 cm) circular needles and set of 6.5mm (US10.5) DPNs
- 1 stitch marker
- Yarn needle
Note about the yarn: Alpaca Wool is available through Americo Original online and in select yarn stores. You can substitute for other bulky/heavy worsted weight yarns like Americo’s Highland Simple Twist, Copito Medio, or any bulky/heavy worsted weight in your stash.
Finished size is 20-inch (50.8 cm) circumference by 11.5 inches (29 cm) long. Yarn has considerable stretch; one size will fit most head circumferences
13 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm) in stocking stitch using 6.5 mm (US 10.5) size needles or size needed to achieve gauge.
K, k: knit
P, p: purl
DPN(s): double pointed needle(s) - a needle with points at both ends; used in sets of 5
M or PM; //M//: stitch marker or place marker; denotes stitch marker dividing sections
Ribbed/rib/ribbing: a pattern stitch – has vertical columns of knit and purl stitches, side by side, with elastic properties. Examples: (K1, P1) aka 1 x 1 ribbing, (K2, P2) aka 2 x 2 ribbing etc.
St-st/stockinette /stocking stitch: a pattern stitch – in circular knitting – knit every round
k2t (slant to R): Knit 2 together (a decrease) - insert the needle into the front of the 2 knit stitches from left to right. Draw the yarn through to the front both stitches from the needle
Using 6.5 mm (US 10.5) 16” (40cm) size needles, and Alpaca Wool yarn, cast on 64 stitches, //PM//, and being careful not to twist your stitches, join in the round.
Round 1: (K1, p1), repeat to the end of the round.
Repeat this round for 4.5 inches (11.5 cm)
Change to stocking stitch (knit every round) until stocking stitch measures 4.5 inches (11.5 cm), and you have a total of 9 inches (22.8 cm) from the beginning of your work.
Note: When the stitches no longer fit comfortably around the circular needle, change to double pointed needles.
Round 1: (k6, k2t), to end of round. (56 stitches)
Round 2 and all even rounds: knit to end of round.
Round 3: (k5, k2t), to end of round. (48 stitches)
Round 5: (k4, k2t), to end of round. (40 stitches)
Round 7: (k3, k2t), to end of round. (32 stitches)
Round 9: (k2, k2t), to end of round. (24 stitches)
Round 11: (k1, k2t) to end of round (16 stitches)
Break yarn leaving an 8-inch tail. With yarn needle, thread through remaining stitches, tighten to close the top of the hat and secure inside the hat.
A pom pom maker can be easily made using cardboard and scissors. Instructions are readily available online. A commercial pom-pom maker can be purchased.
Weave in all loose ends.
Americo Original is a Canadian yarn company and online knitting shop with its own line of quality yarns, knitwear patterns and accessories. Americo’s yarns are made exclusively in the Andean highlands of South America, using only natural fibres, including luxurious wool, llama, alpaca, cotton, linen, silk and cashmere. Americo and its in-house design lab are based in Toronto, offering international shipping from its online store: americo.ca/shop.
Canadian-born actress and mother to four-year-old twins, Anna Paquin discusses her return to the small screen playing a single mom and detective in mystery series.
Canadian Living: What was it about Bellevue's script that made it so appealing?
I love complex, intelligent, complicated women—in life and in my entertainment. I love getting to play women who are flawed and not necessarily perfect around the edges. And who live real and challenging lives and who figure their stuff out as they go and make their own mistakes. And don't fit into a tidy square.
The writing and the conception of the show by the two women who wrote are very interesting. It was inspiring to be in an environment where you're creating and working with other smart, strong women. The stories are out there, waiting to be told. This kind of show was very appealing to me.
CL: Did you want to go back to television after your previous success?
I don't really care about the medium per se. I think good material is good material. Interesting people are wherever you find them – sometimes it's a tiny place, it's a gigantic blockbuster movie, or a TV show, or anything in between. I think there used to be stigma attached to certain projects but now the borders between film and television or whatever medium has evaporated, especially as the online mediums and streaming become such a big part of how people consuming content. Good content is good content. Sometimes it's easier for certain stories to be told for TV or miniseries because they can take more risks or not worry about how they're going to compete next to another film during opening weekend. A lot of really creative, interesting people have moved into television.
CL: Why do you think people love crime thrillers?
I think it's fascinating and scary. I think the idea that this could be your town; your mother, sister or friend is compelling. Crime is an aspect of our society and for the average viewer there's something dangerous and exciting about it but also you get to live vicariously through those people and it's not actually your mom or friend.
CL: Do you watch a lot of crime genre?
I do watch a lot of it.
CL: The transgender identity of one of the characters was an interesting theme in this series. Tell us about that.
That was part of the set-up for the story. I think that we really should tell stories about everybody. Some of the stories from the transgender community are slower to becoming into the mainstream but I don't believe those are new stories in reality. I think giving them air space is important. I think it is part of our culture. It's a town with actual people living real lives and not everyone is born into the body that they feel they identify with.
CL: Your character detective, Annie Ryder, goes back to her hometown. Do you think it's harder to go home or start fresh somewhere new?
Staying in the same place where you have history and drama and trauma is very challenging. You can take your problems with you wherever you go. Because wherever you are, there you are. Staying in the same town where everyone knows everything that's ever happened to – well, it's not something I can relate to because I moved around a lot – you never get a clean slate.
CL: You play a mom to a teenager in this series. What was that like?
Well, I am mom to four-year-olds and I also have teenage stepkids. I'm 34, so I don't think it's that strange. I don't know what it is, but actresses don't like to play parents and worry how that reflects on your age. I started in this industry when I was a child so I've never been as worried about that. I was also more desperate to get to be allowed to play people who were more mature than I was because I looked very young for a long time. I'm very happy to be in my mid-thirties and have the opportunity to play textured, interesting, adult women with the assortment of real-life circumstances that go along with it.
CL: You've been lucky to play these strong women in lead roles?
I gravitate towards strong women so whether I'm only in one or two scenes or all of them, I like material that's created by people that I find inspiring.
CL: We're celebrating Canada's 150th. What are your ties to Canada?
I was four when we left Winnipeg and we have some family there but I haven't really been back. I've spent a lot of time in Canada because I shoot a lot of stuff here. Part of my family is French-Canadian, so it was nice to shoot this in Montreal—where people could pronounce my name. My French is good. I can understand the language, but I have no confidence to speak and get tongue-tied. But I'm happy that my kids are in French immersion.
CL: Where are you currently living?
We live out of a suitcase right now. It's a gypsy life.
Bellevue, premieres Monday, February 20 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC.
See which celebrities are switching up their 'dos in 2017.
We love a good makeover. Which is why we've gathered the best celebrity hair transformations of 2017. Find hair style inspiration or just take a look at styles these celebs love.
Penélope's hair looks like it always falls so effortlessly perfect.
At the British Academy Film Awards she debuted a new look: a split-bang bob that framed her face beautifully.
This gorgeous mama always looks so cute, whether it's in a fresh-outta-bed selfie or on the red carpet.
Olivia clearly got the memo that 2017 is the year of change, chopping off her long light brown hair and opting for a spunky short blonde 'do instead. Can you say cool mom?
The GIRLS star's warm chocolate brown brought out her baby blues perfectly.
There's a new blonde in town as Allison Williams debuts her hair transformation and proves that there's not just one staple hair colour for everyone
Earlier this year, Katy Perry debuted a different look - an orangey blonde - to kick off the new year.
But the queen of changing it up took to Instagram to not only show off her new platinum blonde hair, but also announced new music coming soon!
This edgy famous daughter-turned-model has kept her look spunky and fun since her career started, mixing in unique colours and styles.
Hailey opted for a softer look this time, changing to a warm blonde, taking quite a bit of length off and adding in some cute layers.
Emily debuted this lob earlier in 2017 at the Golden Globes, and decided to keep changing it up..
Posting this cute selfie to her Snapchat story, Emily debuted her new choppy front bangs that give her a casual but adorable look.
Our favourite quirky celebrity is just the cutest whether she opts for her natural chestnut hair or lightens it up a bit.
She takes 2017 as the year for a never-done-before change for her, going ultra short and giving her hair more of a ginger tint.
This blonde Hollywood bombshell never fails to make her golden locks look incredible on and off the screen.
All in the name of change, Kate Hudson debuts a shorter style, with the perfect bangs to frame her face.
Posing with first ever COVERBOY, James Charles, Katy Perry's signature raven hair is long, straight and gorgeous!
Dark locks no more as Katy Perry debuts her new peachy blonde, and much shorter 'do at Orlando Bloom's 40th birthday party.
This brunette has has multiple subtle hair change-ups over the years from cuts to highlights.
Keeping to her brunette roots, Selena chops her hair into the ever-popular modern lob.
Long-haired brunette, Nina Dobrev, has stuck with her long locks from the beginning.
2017 has brought on the lob cut for Nina as well, as she debuts her new 'do for a movie premiere in London.
Emily Ratajkowski's simple—but gorgeous—long brown hair has been her staple since she hit the spotlight.
But 2017 is the year of the brunette lob apparently, as the chocolate locks stay, the length goes. She stilled wowed at the Golden Globes, regardless.
3 super simple ways to add more antioxidants to your diet.
Here's what to do to maximize your antioxidant intake.
1. Spice it up.
Both dried spices and fresh herbs tend to be extra potent with antioxidants. “Having a really liberal approach to herbs and spices in your cooking as opposed to a tiny sprinkle is really beneficial,” says registered dietitian Desiree Nielsen.
2. Go organic.
New research from Spain is suggesting that organic produce may have extra antioxidants. “Phytochemicals are a plant’s defence mechanism—kind of like its immune system,” says Nielsen. “So when you apply pesticides and herbicides to crops, the thinking is that the plant has less need to self-protect, so it downgrades those compounds.”
3. Eat whole foods.
You can have too much of a good thing, and when you take antioxidant supplements you run the risk they’ll aid oxidation rather than fight it. “It has a reverse effect if you take too much or take it out of the right context,” says Nielsen. “When you start isolating compounds from food, they often don’t behave in the way that you would expect.”