Day 6 – ‘Sweetie’ Lace Beanie

I see a pattern emerging in the knitting and crochet projects that are part of this AMDD. They seem to have picked up on fashion’s current love for the light and airy. Lace is hugely fashionable right now, and perfect for the summer and today’s knitting pattern ticks all the right boxes.

‘Sweetie’ by Melissa J. Leavitt is a light, summery hat, perfect for chilly evenings after the sun has disappeared…or maybe all the time in Ireland when the sun hardly appears! I am particularly excited to try this hat in the nude and pastel shades which are so fashionable at the moment, and try it both slouchy and more fitted.

Also on show today are the two ‘Pilgrimage’ cuffs I have completed so far. I am so happy with how they turned out, especially the ‘beachy’ looking one with the shell beads. Looking at it reminds me of the amazing feeling as the sand squidges between your toes! I’ll be started a Flickr group for people to upload photos of projects from and inspired by AMDD and I can’t wait to see what people have made…

I love the contrast between the rustic, textured Noro Taiyo yarn that I used (a scrap of it I just couldn’t bear to throw away) and the clean, crisp satin ribbon threaded through it. I threaded the ribbon through the eyelets made on the cast-on and -off edge to frame the cuff and then laced the ends together at the back to make the lace-up closure.

The flecks of yellow in the yarn remind me of the specks of sand floating in the water as the tide rolls off the beach. The shell beads are from an old necklace I have cherished and when it snapped I dutifully kept the beads to use on something special.

I still don’t have a ‘centrepiece’ item for the fronts of the cuff but I think the ‘beachy’ one might not need it. Simplicity seems to suit it. The lace-up cuff might want for a bit of bling however to really dress it up. I’m keeping my eyes peeled…

by Melissa J. Leavitt

This lace summer hat has been provided for us as a beautifully laid-out PDF document and can be downloaded by clicking here —>‘Sweetie’Pattern PDF <— Below are the materials required and the gauge.

Check out Melissa’s website for other great original patterns, tutorials and her blog.


  • 1 skein (3.52 oz Or 100g each) Araucania “Ruca Solid.” This is a DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) yarn which is 100% sugar cane. Color: 106
  • 4mm (6US) set of 5 double pointed needles or circular set in same size with appropriate cord length.
  • Tapestry needle
  • Optional: stitch markers
  • Optional: 4mm (6US) straight needles for casting on.


22 stitches and 30 rows = 4” in stocking stitch pattern on 4mm (6US) needles or whatever size needles to obtain correct tension.

Melissa J. Leavitt B.A., B.F.A., is a knitwear designer living in the beautiful East Coast province of New Brunswick, Canada. Melissa started knitting as a small child and the thrill of creating with sticks and string still has the power to make her forget laundry and such chores. When not in her studio, you can find her petting skeins at her local yarn shop.


One response to “Day 6 – ‘Sweetie’ Lace Beanie

  1. Pingback: A Midsummer Day’s Dream – Day 14! « LightingLittleFires

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