My first pattern release of 2018 went live on Ravelry today. Earth Space Love is a stranded colourwork beret, worked top-down from the crown down to the ribbed band.
The pattern came about from a design challenge on the theme of Mandala. A mandala is a Hindu or Buddhist circular symbol which represents the universe. I wanted to take that universal theme one step further than just designing a circular pattern. The hat is worked top-down, a first for me. The central green shape represents Planet Earth. The blue area around it represents the seas, with waves. Outside of that is a wide stripe representing space and the wider universe, with motifs of stars, moons and planets. Beyond space, a round of hearts represents the universal force of love, and then the design comes full circle through its colours. The two-colour ribbed band is worked using the green and blue that began the hat and the pattern is complete.
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