I’ve written up the pattern for my Norwegian-style woolly hat. It’s called Blue Selbu and I will eventually offer it for free via Ravelry – which means it can be accessed by everyone, not just Ravelry members. Before then, I’m having it test-knitted by (so far) three kind Ravellers who have been good enough to risk their time and yarn on a pattern by a debutante designer. It’s not as if it’s even the season for woolly hats, although here in Yorkshire high summer came and went last week and we are back to grey skies and cool temperatures.
The whole Blue Selbu thing is very exciting, especially as I went from deciding to design a hat to starting the test knit inside a week. During that week I knitted two sample hats, tweaked the design, wrote out the pattern, persuaded a friend with gorgeous strawberry-blonde hair to be my model, took photos, formatted the pattern into something which (I hope) looks vaguely professional, and investigated how exactly to offer a pattern to be tested. Whew! The original hat has been packed up and sent off to the Dolomites. If it hadn’t been for an unsolicited tablecloth, I’d never have started on this exercise, but I’m very glad that I did.
I hope to find the time to produce other patterns in the future. I’m still working on a winter-weight cardigan, but it remains at the swatching stage. The swatch is getting longer and longer because I can’t get the cable quite as I want it.