Flywing Hat KAL: Meet the Designer


Join me online for a special event and class. In the most recent publication of Knitty Magazine I was immediately drawn to this recently released hat pattern, Flywing. Upon further review of the pattern I was thrilled to see a familiar designing face. Laura Barker, knitwear designer and previous guest teacher at Yarnability.

Flywing appears to be an intricate pattern upon first glance. However, the concept of basic stripes and slip stitches work together to create a dramatic effect.

I am thrilled to say Laura has agreed to join Yarnability again via Zoom! She will be discussing her pattern, design, and giving you some insider techniques to knit your own Flywing hat.

We have chosen to use Balayage, a brand new yarn released in January 2020 to knit this hat. This fingering weight alpaca and wool blend has a silky soft touch and airy drape.

(Choose the non-slouchy hat option and you may be able to knit 2 Flywing hats  in opposite colors!)


Class Dates/Times:

  • Thursday September 17 at 6pm-8pm
  • Sunday September 20 at 10am-12pm.

Learning points: 

  • Discussion: design, simple stripes, colorwork
  • How to align your increases
  • Slip stitch concepts
  • Shifting rounds

Class Fee:  $55 (plus tax) covers your 2 hour class with guest teacher/designer, Laura Barker, 2 skeins of Balayage yarn, and a supplemental digital handout to the original pattern.

Class Sign Up: Register HERE

· Spaces left for Flywing – Thursday = 8
· Spaces left for Flywing – Sunday = 9

Pattern: Flywing pattern is Free on Please obtain your own copy of the pattern.

Yarn: Balayage – choose 2 colors Balayage Yarn

Supplies Needed: US 2 and 4 with 16″ circular cable, stitch markers

HOMEWORK: Cast on and knit 2×2 ribbing for 1.5″ as directed in the pattern.

Laura BarkerLaura Barker is a life-long knitter and former engineer and math teacher who enjoys combining the best of her experience in her favorite career, knitting design and education. Her designs feature innovative construction with clear instruction. She is the author of Mitered Entrelac, Knitting Entrelac Around the Corner, and has published patterns with Knitty, Vogue, Malabrigo, Knitter’s Magazine, Knit Edge Magazine, and on Ravelry. Laura has taught at LYSs and yarn events in DC, MD, WV, GA, OH, NC, CT, CA, and is looking forward to adding PA later in 2020. She was founding VP of the Capitol Hill Knitting Guild.