Women’s patterns from Dark Matter Knits

Below is a selection of some of my favorite women’s patterns from my design line. For a more complete showcase, visit my Ravelry designer page.

San Juan Bautista Shawl
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Modeled after the striking movie poster from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, this shawl features easy knitting that lets you use up every last bit of your prettiest sock yarn skeins.

30-Round Rasta Hat
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This pattern lets you be a superhero: with just 30 rounds of knitting, you’ve got yourself a gorgeous hat—perfect for that surprise cold snap that’s coming up tomorrow or the quick gift you need to whip up. Knit it in Malabrigo Rasta or any soft, super-bulky wool for a squishy, cozy topper. Pattern includes a linked video tutorial explaining how to work the M3B (make 3 below) stitch used in the pattern.

Arezzo Tank
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Designed to be worn over a camisole, this top-down, no-seam tank has a simple drop-stitch lace panel that begins at the straps and travels diagonally down the front and back of the garment. With gentle shaping, this summery piece is both flattering and easy to wear.

Summer in Angers Shawl
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This simple, fun-to-knit shawl is worked from side to side with simple stockinette, k2tog/yarnover combinations, and some short rows to create a smooth crescent shape. On the final row, pendant beads are added for a whimsical, pretty finish.

Blue Sage Shrug

This shrug has several unique elements, including long cuffs that double as lacy fingerless mitts, and invisible sleeve increases that create a flattering fitted shoulder at the top of each arm. All this in a total package that looks complex but is easy to knit once you know the basic increases and decreases. This garment makes an elegant and unusual wrap for a wedding or other special occasion. Available from Hill Country Weavers.

Frankenfingers
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This pattern has complete video tutorial support. In these eight videos, follow along with the designer as she guides you through the more advanced techniques in the pattern!

Self-striping sock yarns aren’t just for socks. In fact, why hide all that color inside your pants and shoes? These fingerless gloves let you wear the fun right out where everyone can see it.

Cattywampus Hat

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Do you love both simple knitting and knitting garments with unusual construction? You can have it all with this mind-bending hat, which is knit sideways and on the bias. The set-up and finishing will require your attention, but the rest involves nearly mindless knitting, with some short rows thrown in to keep things interesting. Other knitters will stare fixedly at your hat and ask, “How did you make that?!”

Luckenbach Two-Step

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Hand-dyed sock yarn is impossible to resist. Put it to good use with this hat and mitts set, designed to highlight the luscious coloring of hand-dyed fiber. The set can be worn by men and women, either as a slouchy hat or with brim flipped up for a watch-cap look. The knitting is easy, requiring close attention only at the beginning and end of the project, making this ideal gift knitting. Available from Hill Country Weavers.

Wifi Hat

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The WiFi Hat—suited to men and women—lets you have the look of cables without the cable needle. (Thus the punny name: this hat has all the fun of cables without actual cables – just like wifi!) This hat’s attractively hemmed brim means no interruption to  the color work. If this is your first time trying stranded knitting, you will find plenty of tips in the pattern to help make your first color project a pleasure.

Prosecco Hat


Prosecco is the Italian version of champagne, a festive, bubbly drink that I don’t just savefor special occasions. This hat uses two colorways of a gorgeous hand-dyed yarn to mimic that same playful, subtle effervescence. If you would like the bubble design to stand out more prominently, work the hat entirely in solid or semi-solid colors. The wide size range means you can knit this hat for anyone from small children to adults. Instructions are given both for the slouchy version pictured here, as well as a more traditional beanie shape.

Navasota Hat

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This hat is designed to make the most of those special alpaca yarns. The simple lace-and-cable pattern lightens up what could be an overly toasty fabric, while also using texture to highlight the yarn’s natural beauty. Meanwhile, the slouchy hat construction plays nicely with alpaca’s drape, instead of trying to fight it.

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