Following on from the success of ‘Painted Woolly Toppers‘, ‘Painted Woolly Toppers for Kids‘ features a further 10 hats designed especially for hand-dyed and variegated yarns. This collection continues to explore Woolly’s love of structural stitches and 3D form. Read more
I have been on a real hat kick at the moment. The weather had been dreadfully cold and a hat is definitely an essential piece of clothing if you’re stepping outdoors. This is a quick post to share a couple of the hats I have finished in the last few weeks…
First up is ‘Epistropheid‘ by Kate Davies. Those of you who know me well will know that I’m a big fan of Kate’s designs. The colourwork for this hat has been created from the Epistrophy cardigan in her new Yokes book and it’s stunning! The way that she has hidden the decreases as you progress to the crown is just genius.
Kate did her pattern version in two shades of grey yarn…a silver and a darker grey. I love those colours but didn’t have them in my stash (I’m stash busting at the moment but more about that in another post soon) so for my hat I decided to go bright and use sublime cashmere merino silk in green (caterpillar) and grey (tittlemouse). I ended up using a ball of each for the hat and then I had to use a second for the pompom but it was worth it as the pompom really does finish it well.
Next up we have Dustland by Westknits. Stephen West is a genius when it comes to colour combinations that are outside the norm. This hat design is one of his more reserved patterns but that doesn’t mean it’s boring! The design lends itself to being a relatively quick knit with enough variety of stitches to keep your brain busy. It would also be pretty easy to adapt the size to suit children (I’m actually working on that for my friends kids at the moment) by doing less repeats of the blocks of textured stitches. I used RICO DK merino from my stash for mine and used two 50g balls in grey (I think grey is one of my favourite colours at the moment lol)
I also just got around to grafting the ends of a cowl this evening. The yarn was bought at the This Is Knit stand at the Knit & Stitch show at the RDS in Dublin back in November (2014). But it’s been in the wip bucket for a while. The yarn is Malabrigo Finito – this one of my all time favourite yarns. It’s just super soft and a real pleasure to knit with but it can be hard to get your hands on as it’s limited once a year stock. I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised to know I have *coughs* some in my stash.
I seem to be doing okay with my knitting mojo so far this year. I’ve lots of projects in the pipeline and lots of wips to dig out of hibernation.
What are you working on? Have you been making hats too?