Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Pattern Release: Fiery Searcher Hat and Mitts

Fiery Searcher, Walking on Beach

One fine morning in September, Betsey ran away to Hank’s Meadow beach at the Quabbin Reservoir.

Fiery Searcher_Hat and Mitt Palm

Wearing her Fiery Searcher Hat and Fiery Searcher Fingerless Mitts, she searched high and low for Hank.

Fiery Searcher Mitts, Suitcase

Pattern: Fiery Searcher Fingerless Mitts, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight, in the Cozy Fierce and Dirty Orange colorway
Needles: US #2/2.75mm dpns

Fiery Seacher Hat, Crown_2

Pattern: Fiery Searcher Hat, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Valley Yarns Charlemont, in the Whipple Blue colorway
Needles: US #1/2.25mm 16-inch circular needle, US #2/2.75mm 16-inch circular, and US #2/2.75mm dpns

The Fiery Searcher Hat and Fingerless Mitts are now available on Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy, both individually and as a set.

They’re named after the kind of beetle Sam used to make earrings for Suzy in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. I was delighted when I saw a trivia question about the beetle at Amherst Cinema. “Fiery Searcher” sounded like a great name for a beetle and seemed pretty perfect for my orange mitts, too. After finishing the mitts, I got inspired to design a matching beret.

Fiery Searcher, Both Mitts

Fiery Searcher Thumb Gusset, Palm

Worked in fingering weight yarn, the Fiery Searcher Hat and Mitts feature a cable-and-lace stitch pattern. The cables transition neatly into knit-purl ribbing on the palm, making the mitts quite stretchy and comfortable to wear. The cables on the two hands are mirrored—they cross right on the right mitt and left on the left mitt. On the hat, the cables cross both right and left.

Fiery Searcher Hat, Side

Fiery Searcher Hat, Crown

The patterns are written for one size, a women’s medium. To make either project larger and smaller, you can substitute finer or heavier weight yarn and vary the needle size accordingly. 

Stitch patterns are provided in both written form and charts. Explanations are given for cables and other stitches that might be unfamiliar.

Fiery Searcher, How to Be a Nonconformist

While she waited for Hank, Betsey passed the time by reading a book …

Fiery Searcher, Dancing

   and danced to “Le temps de l’amour” from the Moonrise Kingdom soundtrack.

Fiery Searcher Mitt, with Flowers

Unfortunately, due to an asthma attack brought on by seasonal allergies, Hank was unable to join her.

Fiery Searcher, Meadow

It was too bad, but it couldn’t be helped. So Betsey gathered up her things and set off across the meadow, in search of her next adventure.

Tech editing provided by Katherine Vaughan. Whether catching typos or checking math, Katherine plays a crucial behind-the-scenes role in quality control here at Blue Peninsula. I am grateful for her sharp eye and helpful suggestions.

Beetle Earrings from Art Artifice

Earrings crafted by Cheryl Sholund of ArtArtifice. I bought these postage-stamp beetle earrings for the photo shoot, then decided not to use them. I really love them, but they were one visual element too many and so ended up on the cutting-room floor. Be sure to check out Cheryl’s Etsy shop—she’s got all kinds of cool earrings with exotic flowers, butterflies and moths, lobsters, coffee plants, and more.

Fiery Searcher, Le temps de l'aventure

Above all, many thanks to the model, my clever and creative sister Betsey, who gave up part of her Labor Day weekend to drive out to western Massachusetts for the photo shoot. It was so much fun! She looked fantastic, a brilliant blend of Suzy Bishop and Margo Tenenbaum. I loved that she played the Moonrise Kingdom soundtrack on her iPhone during the shoot—and the suitcase could not have been more perfect.

 Ready for adventure

Ready for Adventure, by Betsey Sennott

Thank you very much for reading.


Betsey said...
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Betsey said...

I so love those mitts and hat! The photoshoot was so much fun. Love your last sentence. I still haven't hooked up with Hank yet....

Shelda said...

What a fun, fun post! I can just imagine the day you both had.

And that beret is seriously cool. I was already liking the mitts, but... yum!

Robin said...


Vanessa said...

It's so beautiful!! I love all!

Karin said...

I am so glad I saw that movie! What a beautiful set you created.