August 26, 2017

Gabbie is leaving for broader horizons.

Two years ago I met Gabbie for the first time. We were hiring for a sales position at our new store The Twisted Purl Yarn Studio. We were a few weeks from opening our doors for the first time and figuring out the many ins and outs of opening a new store and venture.

The Gabbie we met was enthusiastic, excited about life, and willing to learn. She didn’t know how to knit, could crochet some and had some good social and communication skills. So we bet on her and began to build the business.

We have all learned along the way this last two years. The biggest, and definitely most significant thing that has happened, has been the development of the community of Twisted Purl devotees. Women who show up weekly at our drop in days to knit, talk, laugh, cry and share. Gabbie has hosted these drop ins every week with much care and with a deft hand. She has learned to knit, made hundreds, maybe thousands of people feel welcome in our yarn store and worked as an integral part of our Twisted Purl team.

Gabbie has taken my weekly writings and made them presentable and beautiful. Thanks for supporting my strengths and tolerating my weaknesses.

Building a new business with a team of people you have not worked with before is a risk and these last two years I have done just that. The team has worked and now as Gabbie chooses to venture out and away we will miss her contribution and her presence.

We welcome Bernice James to our working team. An accomplished knitter, learner and business woman, Bernice brings a new kind of energy to our team. We are looking forward to exploring new ideas and projects with her.

I am very grateful for the work and efforts that the team has done in the last two years. Thank you, Jane for being the amazing sister and business woman you are. You have made all the difference. Linda, your amazing mastery of the arts of knitting and crochet leave us awe struck and I thank you for your choice to teach and inspire us. To Alexa, my back up support for the last few years, I appreciate you and what you bring to the table. Kymm, our amazing office manager and keeper of the money, your commitment to the systems and smooth running of the Twisted Purl gives me confidence.

So here at the Twisted Purl we bid adieu to Gabbie and wish her much happiness and success in her future endeavours.





Winter Warmth
By Gabbie Dochstader

This year, I am inspired by cables. I have seen many cabled hats over the years, but I hadn’t found one that fit quite right. After creating a few, I decided to combine several patterns to create my own. I’ve made this hat with several yarns, but loved the baby Alpaca’s chunky warmth the best. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I did.



150 g of Chunky Yarn (15sts/19 rows to 4”) – Diamond Luxury – Baby Alpaca      Sport
5mm & 6mm DPNS


200g of Worsted Yarn (18sts /4”), held double. – Drops – Nepal
7mm & 8mm DPNS


Stitch Guide:

K:      Knit
P:      Purl
C6F :      Slip 3 stitches to cable needle hold in front, knit 3, knit 3 off cable needle.
C4F :      Slip 2 stitches to cable needle, knit 2, knit 2 off of cable needle.
SSK:      Slip 2 stitches, one at a time, knit wise. Slip both stitches back to left hand      needle and knit both together through the back loops.
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together
P2Tog:Purl 2 stitches together


This pattern was made to fit adult size head 22-24”. If you wish to change the size or yarn, change the cast on using multiples of 12 stitches

*** Worsted yarn held double, in brackets




With smaller needle cast on 84(72) sts
Distribute between needles evenly and connect in round

Ribbing: (K2, P2) Until end
Repeat for 4 inches


Switch to larger needles, repeat brackets until end.

Rounds 1-3: (K6, P2, K2, P2)
Round 4: (C6F, P2, K2, P2)
Rounds 5-10: (K6, P2, K2, P2)

*Work rounds 1-10 once. Repeat rounds 4-10 only, 4 (3) more times.

Crown Decrease:

Round 1: (C6F, P2, K2, P2)
Round 2: (K6, P2, K2, P2)
Round 3: (K6, P2, K2 P2)
Round 4: (SSK, K2, K2tog, P2, K2, P2)
Round 5: (C4F, P2, K2, P2)
Round 6: (K4, P2tog, K2, P2tog)
Round 7: (SSK, K2tog, P1, K2, P1)
Round 8: (K2tog, P1, K2tog, P1)
Round 9: K1, K2tog until 1 stitch left. K2tog.

Cut yarn, leaving 8 inch tail. Using darning needle, thread yarn through remaining stitches, pull tight and secure on wrong side. Weave in ends.


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