At the risk of stating the obvious, there are a large number of knitting patterns available these days – magazines, books, ravelry and blogs; free and for sale. And more appear every day – I can’t keep up. The silver lining to this problem is that I never need to knit the same pattern more than once if I don’t want to. Sometimes I do want to, but that is a topic for another day.
often find myself with between 50 and 100 metres of sock wool, as a
pair of socks for my delicate feet rarely require even 300 metres. I
collect these oddments, but I don’t enjoy them sitting there,
aimlessly. Instead, I look through my favourite hat patterns and often
end up knitting worsted or aran weight patters in the sock wool, and end
up with a collection of baby hats.
really like the folk art inspired Karusellen hat, but it is a bit too
cutesy, and not the right shape of hat, for me. So I cast on the
requisite number of stitches, and knit as per the chart. While knitting
I thought the hat was getting too tall, so ideally I would have started
the decreases whilst knitting the coourwork chart, but instead I did
the decreases fairly speedily.
then turned my attention to the Coronet pattern, already knit in sock
wool, but I repeated the colourwork pattern as I thought a mainly navy
hat for a baby was quite heavy.
I used the Stashbusting Helix Hat pattern. Again, a worsted weight
pattern and again I used sock wool. I did the first one with 3 yarns,
as per the pattern, and for the second version I used 4 yarns and added
an extra colour change point.
was a great way to use up the oddments that were idling in my stash,
and try some patterns that are interesting or appealing, but not
necessarily something I want to wear.