A beautiful hat and new skills…

In the midst of so much WIP knitting, I have something off the needles to share!  I discovered this pattern while milling around on Ravelry trying to find something to knit with the two skeins of Misti Alpaca Tonos Chunky that I picked up at Sun Valley Needle Arts in Ketchum, Idaho over the Christmas holiday.

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I was looking for a cute slouchy hat with a pom pom, and found Fidra.  On the Ravlery site, there’s an image of a woman holding the hat with scissors, about to trim the pom pom.  That was the photo that sold me.  The design stood out so beautifully in the soft fiber that was used for that particular hat, and I knew I would get similar results with the super soft alpaca I had waiting in my stash.

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This pattern was exciting for many reasons, but especially because I was going to learn a new method for casting-on called the German Twisted cast-on or Old Norwegian cast-on (photo tutorial to follow).

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I really enjoyed this pattern because it kept me guessing (and knitting) as it progressed.  It was difficult to put down because each new round revealed something new and interesting.  Gudrun Johnston designed a beautiful hat.  Now I just need to decide if I’m going to top is with a pom pom or leave it as it is.  I think I may just leave it.  It doesn’t fit as slouchy as I had planned, and it’s not really designed to, so I may save the pom pom for a more slouchy design I find later.

In the meantime, I have cast-on to my first fair isle knit.  This pattern has been hanging around in my collection for some time now, and I’ve had the beautiful alpaca yarn on the ready for just as long.

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You can tell it’s been hanging around.  Look at all of those push-pin holes!

I even taught myself to knit with two strands at a time, using my left hand!  It’s really much faster than dropping and picking up like I thought I would need to do, since continental style knitting was not in my skill forecast….or so I thought.

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It’s moving along quite nicely, if I do say so myself!

Happy knitting!

Tayler

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