Friday, February 10, 2012 at 20:12
Earlier this month, Knit Now 4 hit the shops. My hat pattern, Ayli, is in this issue, and I’m so pleased with the photos and layout of the pattern. The hat was knit in Fyberspates Scrumptious worsted/dk in the most gorgeous Cherry Red colour. It’s soft and lustrous and feels fantastic.
Ayli (As you like it) came into being after my much loved hood-style hat kept blowing off my head in the wind – so I thought that I would try to get around that problem. The hood style is flattering and comfortable and I wanted to keep that shape. The hat is knit from the crown down to the brim with decorative eyelet increases that spiral out across the crown. The ribbing is knit with smaller needles for improved grip before switching to larger needles for drape. Vertical buttonholes are incorporated into the flaps of the hood, and buttons are sewn onto the back of the hat so that it can be converted to a beanie style hat when it suits. The beanie style is less likely to be blown about in the wind.
There has been a really good reaction to this hat – lots of references to little red riding hood! I’m very happy with it, and loved making it. I’ve wanted to use the scrumptious for a while – and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a luxury yarn and feels it. If you haven’t tried it before, I would urge you to try it. It would be lush for hats, cowls, scarves, mittens – anything worn close to the skin. Lovely!
There are more patterns coming up soon. There’s one due to appear in The Knitter 43, and I am ably assisted by my twins, Billy & Joe (both age 10) in Knit Now 5!