I have a FO to show you…
My finished Norrland Hat!
I am so pleased with the way this turned out and it was a fun knit too. The pattern is by Sara Huntington Burch and is charted and easy to follow (although I did keep having to frequently stop to untwist the yarns). For the sky I used Knit Pick’s Stroll Fingering weight yarn in the colourway Deep Waters, it varies from a dark plum purple to rich royal blue to navy. And for the trees I used Knit Picks superwash nylon in Bare.
I love it! And it’s a perfect fit too 🙂
…which is more than I can say for Mr. A’s Farm Beanie hat, I am now on my 3rd attempt at getting a good fit on this. I have changed up the yarns and am now using Cascade 220 in a worsted weight and have gone down a pattern size and needle size.
Here is a progress shot taken at the weekend.
I’m pleased to say I am now on the decreases. I tried it on Mr. A last night and it’s looking like a much better fit, fingers crossed it should be off the needles by the time we head for Iceland!
In my last post I showed the Helix socks that I had started, but was having a few problems with the increase method used in the pattern. The pattern wanted me to use half hitch increases but I just couldn’t get on with these and the stitches were coming out too sloppy.
So I frogged them and started again. Thank you to those who kindly suggested different increase methods to use. I did try the increase made by knitting into the stitch below, but because the increases are made on every round for the first few rounds I got confused with which were the ‘real’ stitches when I arrived back at the point of increase and had to pick up. I can see how this would work if there was a knit row between every increase row, it would make it a lot easier! It’s a useful one to know though and I will try it on another pattern.
I ended up reverting back to my usual increase method of kfb and the stitches looked so much neater than they did with the half hitches. I have so far knit up to the beginning of the yarn colour change…
But this project has been put on the back burner this week while I crack on with the Farm Beanie.
And I know I have only just started with the socks but it hasn’t stopped me planning my next pair from the same Two at a Time Toe Up book by Melissa Morgan-Oakes…the pattern is called Ballet – aren’t they just beautiful?
I may get round to them before the year is out!