I had been wanting to make myself an interesting hat (I only had one boring, plain one) and this one fits the bill perfectly.
I always learn a lot from Michelle’s knit-a-longs. This was my first time doing stranded colorwork, but her instructions made it much easier than it looks. She encouraged us to learn to knit with one color in each hand. It felt very awkward at first knitting with my left hand, but I got the hang of it by the end of the hat. Learning a new technique like that opens up so many possibilities for new patterns to try!
The yarn we used for the KAL was HiKoo Simplicity. This is a great, all-purpose yarn! It is made from merino wool, acrylic, and nylon. You get the warmth from the wool, but rather than being itchy, it is super-soft. I liked this yarn so much, I chose it for the yellow hat I am making for my daughter.
The next Progressive Needles Knit-a-Long starts October 2! I will be participating again, and we will be making a cowl. We have 3 lengths to choose from. I will make the shortest length because I have discovered that I prefer short cowls rather than longer cowls or scarves. The yarn we’re using is HiKoo Simplinatural. I chose the color “First Press Olive” to coordinate with my new hat. Will you be joining in the KAL?
Pattern: Corkscrew Hat, by Michelle Hunter. It is available as a free download on Ravelry.
Yarn: HiKoo Simplicity. My colors were “First Press Olive” and “Framboise”.
If you are on Ravelry, you can check out my project here.