Monday, 22 January 2018

All Hail the Hat Queen

I can remember, very tentatively, attempting to knit my first hat - way back in October 2009.  It was actually the first thing I had knitted since I was about 7/8 years old and also the first time I had ever knitted in the round and used either circular needles or DPN's.  Very much a learning curve but a successful one and that hat is still kicking around here somewhere!!

Since then I have made a fair few hats and I, without fail, turn to Woolly Wormhead patterns when I need one.  I took part in both the 2014 and 2015 MKAL and when the sign ups for 2017 came around I decided to make both Hat A and Hat B.  Obviously the patterns have long since been revealed since the MKAL clues are released during November, but I've been considerably lax at blogging so am playing catch up!! we have Hat A - later revealed as the pattern Joyce.  I knitted this in the recommended yarn (very much against my rebellious streak) which was Stolen Stitches Nua.  A truly heavenly blend of merino, yak and linen - really a complete joy to work with, or just fondle!  I went for Frog on the Wall and Kitten Fluff,

Gorgeous huh!!  And for Hat B - Sette Vele - I chose CoopKnits Socks Yeah! DK in the Aeacus colourway (not surprisingly, it's green)  Again, another amazing pattern.  I very rarely knit in anything thicker than sock weight (or 4 Ply/Fingering if you can say the latter without sniggering!) so these were a nice change for me!  Sette Vele has the added bonus of a really ingenious cast on.

I couldn't stop there though - I was itching to cast on one of the patterns from the new Elemental collection from Woolly.  I'd already knit a sideways hat from the Circled book so knew how innovational the technique was - if you haven't tried a Woolly sideways knit hat, do!!

Deterred only by lack of suitable yarn, I picked up a few skeins of Crazy Eight DK from Chester Wool Company and dyed them in my favourite colours in the hope they would work together!  I'd already decided that my first hat would be the Toph pattern as I had swatched with a few different yarns but had been unhappy with the colours/yarn substitutions I had made.  Turned out that my favourite colours combined have a very Eighties throwback vibe!  It's a wonderfully squishy knit due to the construction and completely ideal for the current cold snap.  I'm already itching to cast on the rest of the collection!

NB - the hat queen is Woolly Wormhead in case my slightly stalkerish, fangirl post has not made that totally apparent!  

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