It’s not often you need to wear a knitted hat in Brisbane unless you’re off to a State of Origin rugby league game on a cold June evening (which I never go to!) but these two patterns caught my eye when I was searching through Ravelry. I think they may come in handy when I visit New Zealand next year.
The first is this gorgeous Pumpkin Pie Hat which I absolutely fell in love with (I think it may have been the colour of the yarn the pattern writer used!)
You can knit the hat either in the slouch size or the beanie size. I picked the slouch size but in hindsight with my short hair the beanie size would have been better but I have solved that problem! I simply turned the brim up.
This is what it looks like in the slouch mode. It looks more like I’ve got a growth on the back of my head :-)
It’s certainly a gorgeous stitch pattern.
It took me ages to get this photo. Thank goodness for digital cameras where you can just delete all those dud photos. I just held the camera in one hand and just started clicking and took heaps of photos. Usually there’s a few that are okay and the rest are not!
And I might add that if you visit the pattern page on Ravelry you’ll notice the pattern is free until 31 December this year!
The yarn I used is Moda Vera Pure Wool 8ply. I bought it a while ago and as soon as I saw this pattern I knew this yarn would be perfect.
My second pattern is the Dragon Leaf Hat which I managed to download at the right time as it was free for a short while. This was a ‘hit and miss’ project for me as the pattern called for 8ply / DK yarn and I used 4ply / fingering yarn and I just guessed the number of repeats. It’s a smidge loose but I’m quite happy with it nevertheless.
This is a bit of a’slouchy’ hat.
I love the pattern detail.
I didn’t block this hat as I was worried if I stretched it too much it would be much too big for me.
The yarn I used is Tili Tomas Artisan Sock in this lovely shade of green.
You could say I am quite happy with these two projects.
Now to deviate a bit. I was recently offered an alpaca fleece which of course I jumped at the opportunity of owning! This is a quick look at that fleece.
And a look at the alpaca after it had been shorn. Priceless!
Until next time…