Thursday, 30 April 2015

Finished Knitting - The Shetland Wool Week Hat

My Shetland Wool Week sheep hat is done!  Just in time for summer...  I couldn't resist diving right into this pattern when I got my hands on a copy at Edinburgh Yarn Festival though.  Sheep are my favourite animal and have been for as long as I can remember.  I guess if my mum wasn't a knitter already this fact would have ensured I became one anyway!  I also adore knitting in the round, and I'd been wanting to try out some colourwork for a while before I got this pattern.  I could already kind of fumble my way through a colour changing design, but I hadn't had much practise and wanted to give it a proper go.

The hat knit up pretty quickly, despite my shoddy skills.  I used worsted wool as the pattern suggests, but not the brand recommended (I had most of the yarn in my stash already and I'm a well known cheapskate) which may have been the cause of my fit problem.  The crown is much too big.  However!  I tried it on when I was done, as did Tam's aunt, and it was drowning both of us.  Then Tam and his mum tried it on and... it fits them fine.  So... maybe my head is just freakishly small?!  Either way I love it and I've worn it a few times.  I contemplated giving Tam this hat and making myself another one on smaller needles (his mum and aunt are making their own too) but I'm not sure I can part with it now.  It was my first (semi) successful attempt at a colourwork garment after all.

As far as using multiple yarns go, I carried along all the colours I needed for each row, twisting them round each stitch (this video explains it better)  I noticed when I was knitting the Christmas jumpers that my tension was a bit off when I was just using one strand at a time so Tam's aunt showed me how to loop both yarns round the working stitches and it helped a lot, plus it looks neater on the inside.  There's also the bonus point that I'm much less likely to snag the inside yarn on something since it's not hanging loose.  The only drawback to this method is that I kept having to stop and untangle my balls of wool.  I'm sure there must be a way to stop this from happening but I haven't found it yet!  Tam was pretty helpful with this problem anyway - he's now my official yarn un-tangler.

There's something to be said for selfish knitting once in a while.  I've also been doing some selfish crocheting, which I'll be showing off more next week.  Next up on my list is actually another thing for myself - I fancy a 1940's style waistcoat, maybe with a fun design around the hem.  I haven't narrowed down a pattern yet though, so let me know if there's any good ones out there!

(I'm guest posting for Sarah this week while she's busy learning how to be the world's best mum, so head over there for more crafty chat!)

(also, Ella made up the hat too and hers looks excellent, I like the grey instead of blue for the 'sky', seems a more accurate representation of Scotland!)


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