Saturday, 10 January 2015

Hold on to your hat!

I'm sitting here at my desk, writing, looking out at a bright and blustery Saturday afternoon thinking about my fellow knitters experiencing the gale force winds in Scotland and hoping that they have all found a cosy place to knit and ride out the storm.

If the wind isn't too fierce I do like to go out walking in it and feel the cool air on my face. However, I find having my hair flapping around in my face quite maddening so the perfect knitterly solution is, of course a hat. After years of claiming that I really don't go in for hats I have to admit that they are becoming much more of a wardrobe staple than they used to be.

You will have seen this hat before - it's the Atherfield Hat which I designed specifically for teaching students their first steps in knitting in the round and discovered that despite the fact that my usual style of knitting is small items on small needles, I really enjoy the instant gratification of a simple hat knitted in chunky wool.

So I thought I'd make another one. These are both made in Woolyknits Lofty available from Wild and Woolly. The green hat is made in Olive and the red one is Cranberry.

Of course then, Loop took delivery of the very lovely Madeline Tosh Home which is a beautifully soft chunky yarn in the usual gorgeous Madeline Tosh range of colours so before I knew where I was I had made another two! They are knit in Hosta Blue and Tern. The yardage with this yarn is a little shorter than the Lofty so I omitted a couple of rows of ribbing to ensure that I had enough yarn.

Let it not be said, however, that I have completely abandoned working with fine yarns. I bought Toasty, the beautiful hat book by Rachel Coopey from her at Unravel back in February and thought it was time to try one of the beautiful designs. This is Ripon, for which I used Eden Cottage Hayton 4ply in Steel.

I absolutely love the way that the hat comes together at the crown.

I can definitely see more hats in my life. My friend Rachel very kindly gave me the latest Woolly Wormhead Mystery Knitalong hat pattern as a surprise gift so whilst I have missed the knit along I have some gorgeous yellow yarn set aside and am planning to cast on just as soon as I get a few other things off my needles. 2015 is certainly going to be the year of the hat as far as I am concerned!


Andrea @ This Knitted Life said...

Gorgeous pattern. I love.

Jenny said...

Jane, I love your hats. And this is the perfect chilly weather for hat knitting!