How do all those teenage girls take pictures of themselves with their phones?
This is Ripley. It's blocking right now.
Details: Ripley, by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: madelinetosh tosh vintage in Cherry
Needles: US 7
Size: Largest, with mods
Notes: This pattern calls for aran-weight yarn, and tosh vintage is a light worsted. I also have a 23-inch head. The largest Ripley size fits a 24-inch head, so I made the largest size, then added two extra motifs to the band, for 26 total. As a result, I had 52 slipped stitches and, therefore, 78 picked up stitches. I did the pleats exactly according to the pattern. When I got to the decreases, there were 13 stitches between markers. I made the slouchier version, but because my yarn was so much lighter, I don't have too much slouch.
This was a very quick and fun pattern. The pattern is different since you make the band lengthwise, but picking up the slipped stitches along the edge is easy peasy. Hopefully I can get a better picture after blocking!
In the meantime, here's the pizza I made a couple nights ago. It was heart-shaped by accident, but isn't it cute??? I always use this crust (if you use rapid-rise yeast, a 45 minute rise is enough) and top it with pesto, a scattering of spinach leaves, mushrooms, and mozzarella. If I have it, I also add cooked chicken.