both photos ©Dan Walmsley for Practical Publishing
The yarn used was Blacker yarns Swan Falkland dk, which I had heard about but not really used before. Its gorgeous! It looked a bit uninspiring in the ball, but has brilliant stitch definition and is both sringy and soft. It would make a gorgeous jumper. It really worked well for this hat. I was asked to knit the hat flat & seamed, which is not my normal thing, but I lots & lots of people are not comfortable knitting in the round. Knit Now is unusual in the UK as a lot of their patterns are worked in the round, including the garments and Kate (the editor) wanted to make sure that flat knitters weren't being left out.
The stitch pattern I used for the hat is one of my favourites - it's quick & easy to do and gives an interesting textured pattern that looks more complicated than it is. It's a good unisex pattern. While this style of hat is more often seen on children it also looks really cute on adults. I think you need a fairly round head though - I think it looked a little better on me than on the model in the magazine & I have a quite round head! The pattern also gave me a chance to use my favourite mattress stitch seam, and the magazine has included a tutorial beneath the pattern which is a new thing for them & is great.
The Cumulus wrap will be a really useful year round wrap. When Jen at Fyberspates asked me to talk a little more about the design for her blog, this is what I said:
I have some crochet socks out really soon, and I'm looking forward to telling you about them :)