A hat


If there is anything so guaranteed to restore a little balance and sanity, it’s the feel of woolly yarn flowing through my fingers and a nice simple project with lots of plain knitting to rest the brain.

In a recent quest for a little soothing, my fingers brushed up against something irresistably soft, a wool/angora 2ply aran-weight handspun that I made years ago and tucked away to think about what I could do with it.

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After four attempts at casting on top down with increasingly odd increases, I caved and cast on the brim and knit a hat.
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There’s no real pattern, I started with 80 sts on 4mm needles, knit ribbing for a little while, then stocking stitch until it felt like time for five decreases on every other round until 10 stitches remained and that was that.  With five inches of yarn left over.

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It seems there’s a lot to be said for ignoring the Christmas knitting for a little knitting for the soul – and I have a hat.

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  • mandycharlie 03/12/2011 at 12:28 am

    And a very nice hat it is too, I especially like the blue rim and feel the colours you had benefitted from being knit brim up – See the yarn was simply trying to tell you what it wanted to be, and wouldn’t give up until it got its own way.

  • laurel bud 07/12/2011 at 10:33 am

    Absolutely gorgeous yarn, it’s knit up so nicely.