After our trip to the Alexandra Palace Knitting and Stitching show in October I came down with a monster three-week cold, and spent some time drifting round the house sniffing, coughing, and feeling sorry for myself. The one good productive side of this is that I knitted up 4 hats, which have now had a good wash to remove any lingering germs 🙂
First was an Icelandic inspired hat, I started knitting this at a workshop with an Icelandic knitter organised by Janine at Ash:
The yarn is Istex Lett-Lopi, and I used 5mm needles.
The snowflake pattern is based on one from one of the Lopi books though I fiddled around with it a little, Sue suggested the Vikkel braid, and I made the rest up. The yarn is rather hairy and I was a bit worried that I would find it scratchy, but I think it is going to be ok. Even though this is the thinner of the Lopi yarns it still makes quite a nice warm hat, and I predict it will see lots of use in the coming months.
The second hat is a bit cheaty because it is only baby size, but it is very cute. This is for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law’s first baby (a girl) who is due to be born around Christmas.
The pattern is Beamish by Woolly Wormhead, the yarn is KnitPicks Swish DK (100% superwash merino) in Hollyberry, I used 3.75mm needles, and made the 16in size. This was a quick and fun knit, and I enjoyed the squiggles on the top.
My third hat was also a kiddie pattern by Woolly Wormhead, this time Queenie, but I sized it up to fit me.
I used Artesano Superwash Merino, and 3.75mm and 4mm needles.
The yarn was lovely to knit with, but is quite drapey. I think a slighly more substantial yarn might have been better for this style.
Towards the end of our photoshoot of this one, my Director of Photography said “try not to smile quite so widely”:
I think my modelling career may be on hold. This does rather remind me of the old maltesers advert with the crocodile and the wide-mouthed frog.
The last hat is yet another Woolly Wormhead one, though this time one designed for adults. This is Meret:
I used Cascade 220 which I bought at Ally Pally, 4.5mm needles, and knitted the 22in size.
Another fun knit. It has been rather gratifying to knit some smaller projects where you can actually see your progress and have a finished item in a reasonable time. I shall be all kitted out for the winter too now 🙂