I had 2 hats and a cowl to make by Christmas, and I’m happy to report that the first hat is done, all bar sewing on the bobble. I’m going to ask a friend who is a bobble-trimmer extraordinaire to take her scissors to it first, because if I do it I know that it will end up a) very small, and b) horribly misshapen. Much like my fringe when I try to trim that.
This hat is for a 13-year-old whose favourite colours are purples and pinks and who can’t wear wool. She wanted it to hang down a long way at the back – I just hope the weight of it doesn’t pull it off the back of her head. I made a bobble when I was getting towards the end, then just kept knitting until I’d used all the remaining yarn. The pattern is Harvest Moon and the yarn is Hayfield’s Baby Sparkle DK. It’s made from acrylic microfibre and is surprisingly soft and pleasant to knit with for a man-made yarn. I won’t be telling the recipient that her hat is made from baby yarn though, despite the fact that it’s a million miles from the usual white or pastel offerings.
Hat no. 2 is for the young lady’s grandfather, who has altogether more conventional tastes. He wanted a plain, boring hat in a dark colour with a turn-up to keep his ears warm. I’ve chosen the Boyfriend Hat which I’m knitting in a Stylecraft yarn that is only 25% wool. I’d have preferred a much higher wool content, but I couldn’t find anything suitable locally and I just don’t have time to go into Leeds at the moment. Ordering online would have been an option for a larger quantity, but the postage charges are out of all proportion when ordering just one or two balls. At least this hat will be easily washable.
It’s a bit of a cheek to put Alpaca in the name of the yarn, given that it’s only 20% alpaca and the rest acrylic, but it’s a blend that will suit the recipient because she also can’t wear wool. I’m planning to knit a cowl based on Forest Glade, but shorter and double-sided. That’s going to involve a provisional cast-on, a technique I have never yet managed with success. For some reason, my provisional cast-ons don’t unravel as they should and I end up unpicking them, stitch by stitch. Maybe this time I’ll get it right.