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Anna Hat Free Knitting Pattern

Free Cable Hat Knitting Pattern

I stepped outside to play with my dog in the snow last week, and snapped a few pics of my latest design: The Anna Hat. The next day, the snow melted in the 50 degree heat, so I’m glad I did! And hey- I’m definitely not complaining. I stepped outside yesterday in a t-shirt and jeans, admiring what looked like a beautiful spring day in February.

Cabled hat free knitting pattern

I’m sure we’ll get our fair share of snow this year, but winter’s mercy seems to be upon us Ohioans this year. Since we’re heading to Belize in April for my wedding, and we missed last winter all together because we were in Belize, I have to say I feel like mother nature has been really good to me!

I am happy to be back in the States again (not many yarn stores in the tropics. None at all actually.) but I can’t wait to head back to Belize in April, walk down the sandy beach, and marry the love of my life! Hopefully before then, we’ll get one more beautiful snowy day that I can wear my new hat, but if not… eh, there’s always next year!

Follow along below for the free pattern to make your own Anna Hat!


The Anna hat features a warm fold up brim, and a beautiful cable motif that is easy to knit. It is worked in the round with worsted weight yarn. This has been by far one of my favorite hats to knit. Hats are my favorite thing to knit. I haven’t done a cable pattern in a while- and knitting this hat re-ignited my love for cabling!

What You Need

Yarn: 120 yards Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

Colorways shown: Dusty Rose & Mustard

Needles: US size 9 (5.5mm) 16 inch (40cm) circular knitting needles and Double Pointed Needles

Stitch Marker

Yarn Needle


20 sts. & 22 rows = 4” in cable pattern

Pattern Notes:

When pattern becomes difficult to knit on circular needles during decrease rounds, switch to DPN’s. The pattern is meant to fit snugly on your head. If you need to wet block at the end, instructions are given.


pm – place marker

K – Knit

P – Purl

C6F: Cable 6 Front (slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front. Knit 3, then knit 3 from cable needle.)

C6B: Cable 6 Back (slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back. Knit 3, then knit 3 from cable needle.)

C4B: Cable 4 Back (slip next 2 sts. onto cable needle and hold in back. Knit 2, then knit 2 from cable needle.)

ssk – slip slip knit

ssp – slip slip purl

Begin Pattern:

Co 80 sts. onto circular needles, join in the round, pm


*K2, P2

Repeat until brim measures 3”

Hat body

Rounds 1, 5, 9, 21, 25, 29 and all even rounds: *K12, P2, K4, P2 around

Rounds 3, 7, 23, 27, 39:

*K12, P2, C4B, P2

Rounds 11, 15, 19, 31, 35:

*K3, C6F, K3, P2, C4B, P2

Rounds 13, 17, 33, 37:

*[C6B] twice, P2, K4, P2

Begin decrease rounds:

Decrease Rounds:

  1. *K2, [ssk] 3 times, P2, ssk, K2, ssp
  2. *K9, P2, K3, P1
  3. *K1, [ssk] 3 times, P1, ssp, K1, ssp
  4. *K6, P2, K1, P1
  5. *[ssk] 3 times, ssp, ssk
  6. *K3, P1, K1
  7. *ssk

Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close hat. Weave in all ends.

Wet block if necessary. If your hat needs to be stretched a little, wet it and squeeze remaining water out with a towel. Do not wring out. Place on blocking board or foam board, stretch to desired size and place pins to hold in place. Hat will also stretch a little bit with wear.

Happy Knitting!

FREE knitting pattern: Cabled Beanie


Herb Rubbed Pork Chops With Goat Cheese Polenta and Cherry Sauce

Herb rub pork chops with goat cheese polenta and cherry pan sauce

I made this meal for girl’s night the other night, and it made a huge impression. The great part about it is that is looks and sounds really gourmet and complicated, but it’s so simple to make! The thing about polenta is that it’s really just a flavorless grain (kind of like grits) that you can pretty much give any flavor, and make your meal sound super gourmet. I wanted to share this recipe here on the blog, as my first real written out recipe it was quite a challenge to stop and measure everything I did.

One of my Christmas presents this year was new pans (I know, how feminist right? But I freaking love them, so I guess that’s all that matters right?!) I used my All Clad 12inch Stainless Steel pan for this recipe. Holy yum does it make a difference to cook with good pans!

I’m definitely more of an “eyeball it” type of cook, but I knew you’d love this recipe, so I slowed myself down and wrote everything out. I hope you enjoy cooking this dish as much as I do!

Herb Rubbed Pork Chops with Goat Cheese Polenta and Cherry Pan Sauce

Prep time: 15min. Cook time: 25min.


Pork & Rub:

6 Boneless Pork Chops

1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped rosemary

3 tsp. finely chopped thyme

3 tsp. sea salt

3/4 tsp. pepper

3 TBS. Olive oil

2 C Unsweetened cherry juice (you can usually find this in the organic section of the grocery store)

1 C pitted cherries, frozen or fresh

2 TBS butter

1 TBS flour

Salt & Pepper to taste


1 24oz tube of polenta

1 1/2 C goat cheese

1/8 C butter

1 1/4 C milk

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

With a potato masher, mash polenta with milk, and add to pan. Warm over medium heat, and add goat cheese and butter, stirring often. When polenta is warm and butter & cheese are melted, cover, and reduce heat to low until serving. If polenta becomes thicker than you want, add more milk until it reaches desired thinness. Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm until serving.

Mix dry rub ingredients, and Coat pork chops on both sides with olive oil. Rub dry rub ingredients on both sides of each pork chop.

In a large frying pan (for best results, use a pan that is NOT non-stick, you will want to de-glaze the pan later and you want those brown bits sticking to the bottom) on medium high heat, cook pork chops about 4 minutes per side, or until internal temp. reaches between 145 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove pork chops from pan and set aside. Reduce temperature to medium.


Add butter, cherry juice and cherries to the pan. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, add flour to thicken and stir with a whisk to remove any lumps. Serve over polenta and pork chops.


Herb pork chops with goat cheese polenta and cherry sauce. Um, yes please?!

Me plating my dish like a boss! Presentation is everything after all. My dog awaits hungrily in the background.


Pork chops with cherry pan sauce and goat cheese polenta

Gargantuan Scarf

Gargantuan scarf free infinity scarf knitting pattern

I’ve been having a lot of fun with super bulky yarn lately. I wanted to find a way to knit a huge scarf without spending $100 on yarn. So I bought myself a pair of size 50 (25mm) knitting needles and got to work! I realized that if I held 2 strands of super-bulky yarn together, I could achieve the same effect as those beautiful Loopy Mango chunky knits.

Free super chunky infinity scarf knitting pattern

I would love to get me some Loopy Mango yarn, don’t get me wrong. But after the holidays I decided that it wasn’t the right time to splurge. So for my first project, I used 2 strands of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick N Quick held together. It was a great substitute, though I have a feeling I’ll be trying out some more luxurious yarns on these huge needles soon.

You can order the needles on Amazon, and have them at your door in 2 days, which gives you enough time to finish whatever’s currently on your needles, and start this amazingly huge scarf! The cost of yarn for me was only about $16. A pretty good deal I think! You can grab your yarn on Amazon too, and some colors are really cheap ($3.99 for some colorways that qualify as an “add on” item). So are you ready to begin? Cause I’m already knitting this baby in gray!

You can head over to Ravelry to download the pattern, or follow along here!

What you Need:

Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick n’ Quick 212 yards (2 skeins)

Us Size 50 (25mm) Knitting Needles

Yarn Needle for weaving in ends, and sewing seams

Pattern Notes:

This pattern is made by using 2 strands of super bulky yarn held together.


4 sts. & 4.5 rows = 4” in stockinette st.


Co: Cast on

K – Knit

P – Purl

Bo: Bind off

Begin Pattern:

With 2 strands of yarn held together, cast on 16 stitches. Knit the stitches that are cast on together as 1 stitch, holding the 2 strands together throughout the pattern.

Row 1: Knit all sts.

Row 2: Purl all sts.

When your scarf reaches 52 inches long, Bo. Using yarn needle, fold scarf in half and sew seam together.


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Free knitting pattern for super chunky infinity scarf using giant knitting needles

Free scarf pattern


Shop Crush: Home Decor from Terrain

The best home decor roundup

Lately I’ve been into discovering cool new things on the internet. Ok, well not so much lately, but more like since I discovered the internet in ’94. It’s bad- I could spend all day online looking at neat things you guys. I’ve been crushing on a lot of shops that I’ve discovered, that I bet you never knew existed. So I decided to bring you a new series on the blog called Shop Crush.

I’ll be discovering new shops that I’ve never heard of before, and bringing you a curated list of all the fun things I find (if you don’t have all day to spend online looking at pretty things, this will be your go-to list of coolness!)

This week’s shop crush is Terrain. Oh-my-gosh you guys. I’ve never seen so much cool stuff come from one website, since maybe Anthropologie.

Here are some things from Terrain that I’ve been swooning over.

The most amazing home decor

Left Petrified Wood Serving Trays / Top Right Twig Flatware / Bottom Right Wicker Bar Cart

Forest Glade Chandelier

Forest Glade Chandelier

Wildflower series rectangle platter

Wildflower Series Rectangle Platter

Amazing home decor finds

Top Left Brass Molding Specimen Frame / Top Right Asparagus Condiment Spoons

Bottom Left Blackberry Absinthe Tumbler Candle / Bottom Right Ruffled Marble Bowl

7 Gift Ideas for February Birthdays

The birthstone of February is Amethyst. A beautiful, deep purple gemstone that lends the inspiration for this month’s gift guide!

For the knitter in your life: How about some yarn to match her birthstone?!

Luxury yarn


For the jewel collector.

Amethyst earrings February birthstone gift idea





For the homebody. She loves adding new accents to her home, and she’ll love these amethyst themed looks!







For the style queen. She’s always sporting the latest look, and won’t settle for anything last season.






Creative Wanderlust 001

Handmade jewelry by Margo Snyder

Lately I’ve had a wandering eye…

While I love to knit, and mostly only share knitting related stuff on the blog, my eye has been looking to other creative avenues too. I wanted to share where some of my wanderings have taken me lately.

1. My Etsy Shop

Sterling Silver Compass Necklace by margo snyder on Etsy

Sterling Silver Compass Necklace $24.00 

Sterling silver crescent moon necklace on Etsy

Sterling Silver Crescent Moon Necklace $26.00

I started an Etsy shop selling my handmade jewelry. My favorite piece is currently the Sterling Silver Compass necklace. Perfect for this post, because after all, not all who wander are lost. Never be afraid to try new things creatively and with an open mind. Let yourself wander, and you might find yourself exactly where you need to be.

2. Creative Photography

Flurries Hat Free Knitting Pattern

Dreamy yarn

Free Knitting Pattern

Malbrigo Rasta Yarn

I think taking photos just for fun is something I’ve just grown into this year. My Instagram account is going to be used as another creative outlet where I can share all of my passions in a beautiful way. Follow my creative process on Instagram and also see sneak peeks of new patterns.

3. My Women’s Necktie Boutique

Most of you probably don’t know that I have a passion for fashion. While I spend a lot of my days working from home in comfy pajamas, I also love to design accessories. I recently designed a line of neckties just for women, and I’ve been busy behind the computer screen running my business.

Neckties for women with pretty patterns!

Necties for women designed with pretty feminine patterns

I think this episode of creative wanderings can be attributed to one fact: I’m obviously obsessed with accessories! In fact, I run 3 businesses based on designing and creating accessories for women. Wow. Self realization happening right now- you’re witnessing it. I encourage you to follow your own creative wanderlust wherever it takes you too- you might find that you are closer to your passions than you ever thought possible. Show me where your passions are taking you, use the hashtag: #creativewanderlust and let me know, What are you creating this week? This month? This year?

Flurries Hat

Flurries Hat Free Knitting Pattern

FREE hat knitting pattern. "Flurries" by Margo Snyder

Well that white Christmas I was dreaming about finally came… Mid January. I have to say I think the snow is really pretty, and since I haven’t seen it in two years, I don’t mind it a bit. Today’s knitting pattern is a simple one with a lot of personality. And I rightly named it the “Flurries Hat” because the white stitches remind me of the flurries outside of my window right now. You are welcome to knit the pattern right here on my blog, or head over to Ravelry to download it! I want to see your FO’s so don’t forget to post your projects on Ravelry!

What You Need:


Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick n’ Quick

Main Color: Approx. 50 yds.

Contrasting Color: Approx. 20 yds.


US 13 (9mm) 16” (40cm)circular knitting needles

US 13 DPN’s (double pointed needles)


Stitch Marker

Yarn needle


12 sts. & 14 rows = 4” in stockinette st.


pm – place marker

MC – Main Color

CC- Contrasting Color

K – Knit

P – Purl

ssk – slip slip knit

Pattern Notes:

When changing colors, do not cut yarn. Carry yarn along as you knit.

Begin Pattern:

Co 48 sts, join in the round, pm


K2, P2 around

Repeat until brim measures 2.5”

Hat body

1. *With MC, k3, with Cc, k1 rep. from * around

Rounds 2,3,5,6 With MC K around

4. *With MC, k1, with CC, k1, with MC, k2, rep. from * around

Repeat rounds 1-6, 1 more time

Repeat round 1-4, then begin decrease rounds. Switch to DPN’s when decreasing becomes difficult on circular needles.

Decrease rounds

  1. K 4, ssk around
  2. K around
  3. K3, ssk around
  4. K around
  5. K 2, ssk around
  6. K around
  7. K1, ssk around
  8. K around
  9. Ssk around

Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close hat. Weave in all ends.


Free Knitting Pattern



Free bulky hat knitting pattern

Wham Bam Thank You Lamb!

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Or in this case, alpaca! I knitted up this asymmetrical cowl in an evening of T.V. watching, and man do I love it. The free pattern is a really simple one, and I modified it a little bit by using K1 P1 ribbing instead of Garter stitch. Some nights making up an entire pattern on my own takes too much brain power, so I like to let another designer do the thinking for me.

I grabbed this awesome pattern by Susan Chang on Ravelry, and it only took a couple hours. I wasn’t watching the clock but I’m pretty sure by the end of 2 episodes of The Walking Dead I was done.

All you need to make this cowl is some super bulky yarn ( I used Yarn Bee Effortless Superbulky, which is a nice Alpaca Acrylic blend that you can find at Hobby Lobby), some size US13 (9.0mm) knitting needles, and a yarn needle for weaving ends and sewing the asymmetrical seam. This pattern didn’t even use up the entire skein. In fact I could probably get another one out of it!

Check out the pattern here on Ravelry, and to make my modified version simply work in K1, P1 ribbing and always slip the last 1st st. of the row. I also seamed it a bit differently, more in the middle as you can see in the last photo.




Free Striped Pom Pom Beanie Knitting Pattern

Free knitting pattern! Striped pom pom beanie

Sometimes the most spontaneous knitting projects are the best! I’ve had these colors stiting in my stash for a while and thought- wouldn’t it be cool if I made a pom pom out of these 3 colors? Then I realize that I needed something to put the pom pom on top of- so the striped pom pom beanie came to be!

To make your own striped pom pom beanie, you will need to know:

How to knit in the round on circular needles

How to knit in the round on double pointed needles

How to decrease (Knit 2 together)

How to Knit & Purl

How to change colors (instructions and tutorial link provided below)


Needle Size


Worsted weight:

Main Color (MC): Gray 100 yards
Contrasting Color 1 Pink (CC1): 50 yards
Contrasting Color 2 Yellow (CC2): 50 yards

Us Size 7 (4.5mm) 16” circulars (40cm)
Us Size 8 (5.0mm) 16” circulars (40cm)
Us Size 8 (5.0mm) DPN’s (5)
Stitch Marker
Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Pom pom maker (optional)


Gauge: 16 sts. & 22 rows = 4″ in stockinette st.


K: Knit

P: Purl

sl1: Slip 1 (for this pattern we will always be slipping 1 purlwise)

K2tog: Knit 2 together

pm : place marker

MC: Main Color (My main color for this pattern is gray)

CC1: Contrasting Color 1(My CC1 is pink)

CC2: Contrasting Color 2 (My CC2 is yellow)

st : stitch

DPN: Double pointed needles

Pattern Notes:

When changing colors, don’t cut yarn. Carry yarn up as you work. In order to create joggless stripes, we slip the first st. purlwise on the second row of the color change. Here’s a great tutorial on creating joggless stripes in the round!

Begin Pattern:

With size 7 needles, cast on 96 sts. Join in the round and pm.


Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 4”

Hat Body

  1. Switch to size 8 needles. With MC K 6 rounds
  2. With CC1, K to end of round
  3. Sl 1st st. purlwise, K to end of round
  4. With MC k to end of round
  5. Sl 1st st purlwise, K to end of round
  6. With CC2 K to end of round
  7. Sl 1st st. as if to purl, K to end of round
  8. With MC, K to end of round
  9. Sl 1 st. purlwise, K to end of round
  10. K to end of round

Rep. round 10 6 more times

Rep. rounds 2-7 1 more time.

Switch to MC and begin dec. rounds. Switch to DPN’s when sts. become difficult to knit on circular needles.

Decrease Rounds:

  1. K6, K2tog, (84sts.)
  2. sl 1st st pulrlwise, K to end of round
  3. K5, K2tog (72 sts.)
  4. K
  5. K4, K2tog (60 sts.)
  6. K
  7. K3, K2tog (48 sts.)
  8. K
  9. K2, K2tog (36 sts.)
    20. K
  10. K1, K2tog (24 sts.)
  11. K2 tog (12 sts.)

Thread yarn through remaining sts, removing them from the DPN’s, and pull tight to secure top. Make pom pom, and sew to top of beanie. Enjoy!

Thank you for knitting with me! I hope this pattern brought you hours of knitting fun. As always, with my patterns you are free to sell the finished product. Thanks for supporting an independent designer!

Free striped beanie knitting pattern!


FREE knitting pattern! Make this adorable striped beanine

Free Crochet Pattern: Avery Hat



IMG_2311 copyIMG_2316 copyFREE crochet pattern! Slouchy beanie

FREE crochet hat pattern: The Avery Hat by

The Avery hat. She’s effortlessly chic. A simple girl with a lot of personality and a cool sense of style. I’m loving slouchy hats lately. I’m loving all hats lately! But the Avery hat is a great project for any beginner. You will need to know how to use the magic ring method to join in the round. If you don’t know the magic ring method, get ready to learn it!

Click here for magic ring tutorial.

Ok, let’s get started! Here’s what you need to make the Avery Hat


Big twist bulky, or any bulky yarn. Approx 200-240 yards (182-219 meters)

Hook Size:

Us J10 (6.0mm)

Us H8 (5.0mm)


Removable Stitch Marker

Yarn needle for weaving in ends


Sewing or beading needle thin enough for your button holes.


sc : single crochet

hdc: Half-double crochet

pm : place marker

st. : stitch

Begin Pattern:

Using the magic ring method, make 6 sc, pm (move marker up as you complete each round)


  1. 2 sc into 1 sc around (12 sts.)
  2. sc around
  3. 2 hdc into 1 sc around (24 sts.)
  4. hdc around
  5. 2 hdc into 1 hdc around (48 sts.)
  6. hdc around


rep. round 6 four more times


  1. *2 hdc into 1 hdc, hdc 7 , rep. from * to end of round. (54 sts.)


rep. round 6 until until hat reaches 10 inches (25.4cm)


  1. Switch to size 8 (5.0mm) crochet hook. Hdc around
  2. *sc 4, sc 2tog rep. from * to end of round. (45 sts.)
  3. sc around


Repeat round 10 3 more times.


Cut yarn. Sew buttons onto hat. Weave in all ends.


As always, with my patterns you are free to sell the finished product. Thanks for supporting an independent designer!


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FREE crochet hat pattern: The Avery Hat by