Alpaca · Cowl · Hats · Knitting

Cowl and hat combo

Oh no, another hat! But also a matching cowl.

Cowl and a matching hat

I’ve had this lovely Artesano 100% Alpaca yarn for a few years just waiting for the right project to come along. Then I spotted the Structured Alpaca Cowl and knew this is it. The picture is from a funny angle and the cowl looks a bit like a dog’s jumper but trust me, it’s a cowl. It’s a very nice cowl.

Cowl

I knitted the hat with the leftover yarn. It’s such a nice and soft yarn that I didn’t want to leave any left over. I don’t have a pattern for the hat – I just winged it. It’s a top-down hat, which is great when you want to use up all of the yarn. I like the way the pattern is formed on the hat. First it’s thin stripes on the crown and then they turn into thicker, irregular stripey shapes.

Alpaca hat

The hat and the cowl work nicely together. I like how half of the cowl is rib. It can be lifted up to cover the neck completely from evil cold winds in the winter. There is also a little flap on the front to keep the chest nice and warm.

Cowl and a matching hat

Technically, this set is good enough to rob a bank! Not that I would, but, you know, in theory.

Cowl and a matching hat

Happy knitting!

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Hats · Knitting

Forever green

Yet another hat! I had to knit this hat because I found a small ball of this green yarn and simply had to get rid of it.

Green hat

The yarn is Sirdar Country Style for Kids. I bought the whole packet (a kilo I guess) a long time ago. It was a good offer and I was a student at the time – say no more. Over the years I’ve been knitting and knitting and this never-ending yarn just – well, never ends. Until now.

I’ve knitted a cardigan, a bolero, mittens, fingerless gloves, a scarf and now a hat with this yarn. Maybe something else too. The yarn is 45% acrylic, 40% nylon and 15% wool. It’s clearly not a very warm yarn but it’s easy to care for. Just throw the knit in the washer and it comes out the same as you threw it in, only cleaner.

Green hat

This hat was knit with double yarn, and top-down. I used 3½mm needles because I wanted the fabric to be dense. I suppose I could have knitted some interest into it but I simply wanted to see the end of this yarn, so speed was of the essence. I get a bit neurotic when I find yarn that I thought was already gone, or when I find a little bit of yarn that would just be enough for some small and quick knit. It burns a hole in my yarn stash until it’s gone. This hat was knit in one evening. Phew.

I once again proved that even if I have a big yarn stash and some yarn has been sitting there for years, even decades, eventually it all gets knitted.

Happy knitting!

Crochet · Hats · Outdoors · Stash busting

Fall on the fells

I’ve decided a hundred times that I would crochet more. I want to learn to crochet better and to be more comfortable and relaxed about it. And still I don’t crochet that often. I guess knitting just takes priority every time. But I do make the odd, simple crochet project once I put my mind to it.

Crocheted hat

I crocheted these cool, simple hats with some leftover yarn from a cardigan project. The blue is for my hubby and it has one more increase round than the white one, which is mine. The yarn is Novita Samos, which is 50% cotton and 50% acrylic. It’s a very spongy yarn and it feels nice and it’s lovely to knit and crochet.

Crocheted hat

There’s me wearing my cool hat just before snow came. I love this hat for hikes because it’s non-itchy and it stays well in place. It’s warm but not hot, even when it’s not cold.

This place is close to where we live. We usually cycle there because it’s so much faster and then we might continue by foot on top of the fell. The climb up here is a bit of a struggle as the path turns almost vertical at one point. You need good brakes on the way back down. The view out over the fells is especially nice in the autumn and is typical Lappish landscape.

Autumn cycling

Happy knitting!

Hats · Knitting

Top-down hat

Yet another hat. I like knitting hats in between other (bigger) things. I like how they can be finished in an evening.

Hat with orange pom pom
I had one 50g (100m) ball of this yarn, Novita Puro, which is a soft, variegated 100% wool yarn. I knitted the hat top-down so that I can use every last inch of the yarn – which I did. The tiny orange pom pom is some other yarn and I had made it sometime earlier. It seemed to match well.

Hat with orange pom pom

I like blues, purples and oranges. And this yarn has them all with a little green thrown in for good measure.

Hat with orange pom pom

Happy knitting!

Cowl · Hats · Knitting

3 little kittens

Another day, another hat. And a matching cowl.

Matching hat and cowl

Let’s start with the yarn. It’s Artesano 100% alpaca. I bought it a few years ago in England while on holiday. The shop is called Three Bags Full, which tickled me, and it was at the time located in the amazing Piece Hall in Halifax. Stuff has happened since: Three Bags Full doesn’t have a brick and mortar shop anymore, only a website. The Piece Hall has been totally renovated since. It’s well worth a visit if you happen to be near Halifax.

Anyway, the yarn. I saw three balls of this super soft alpaca yarn in a sale bin and couldn’t put them down. There were only three balls of it left, all in different colours. Well, I bought them and since then, for a few years now, I’ve been taking them out of the yarn box every now and then to stroke them. They felt like three little kittens. I couldn’t decide what to knit with them but it came to a point that I felt it was time to use this lovely yarn. I started with a cowl. The idea of having these kittens wrapped round my neck seemed like a good one.

Alpaca cowl

I was going to knit just a tube but decided to do something different after all. I found Seattle. I didn’t count or measure the stripes in any way; I just winged it. The cowl is quite sloppy and bigger in circumference than what I usually like my cowls to be, but it’s kind of nice. I’ll wear this when the temperature’s not yet minus millions. When it gets really cold, I like my cowl or scarf to be tightly round my neck.

Alpaca hat

Then the hat. I had some of the yarn left and it seemed obvious to knit a matching hat. There was a hat pattern with the Seattle cowl but I wanted to knit a hat top down so that I could use up all of the yarn. I knitted all of the purple yarn, then all of the blue yarn and finally changed to seed stitch and yellow yarn, and knitted till I had only enough yarn to cast off. The hat is very long and slouchy but I plan to wear it with the seed stitch part folded up. That way it’s also much warmer.

Alpaca hat

There we are then. 3 kittens turned into a cowl and a hat. I read somewhere that alpaca yarn is 8 times warmer than sheep’s wool. How do they measure that?

Matching hat and cowl

Happy knitting!

Hats · Knitting · Stash busting

Striped hat

Another hat. I knitted the scarf years ago – just a simple garter stitch scarf, knitted sideways, every row in a different colour and the yarn ends just knotted for tassels. I’ve used the scarf quite a lot and as I just found small balls of this yarn, I thought that maybe I should have a matching hat, too.

Hat to match a scarf

The hat is just a simple beanie with no bells and whistles. The yarn is Sirdar Wash ‘n’ Wear Double Crepe DK. I bought the yarn decades ago and for the life of me can’t remember what for. The scarf was knitted with what I had left from whatever it was that I knitted with it in the first place. This hat was now knitted with what was left after the scarf. Just random stripes. No pre-planning.

Stripes

Wash ‘n’ Wear Double Crepe DK is apparently the UK’s favourite crepe yarn. I don’t blame them – it’s a very nice yarn to knit. It’s 55% acrylic and 45% nylon and is therefore not a winter hat. Not up in the Arctic anyway, where I am. It does make a good hat for any other time of the year. It’s not itchy (obviously) and it can be machine washed when/if it gets a bit sweaty on your hikes.

Random stripes

I started off with 96 st, which turned out to be a little bit too big but I was lazy and didn’t start again. Something like 92 st might have been better. Oh well. I started decreasing when the hat was about 15 cm high. I decreased 8 st. per row until 8 st remained.

I do like to use up odd balls of yarn.

Happy knitting!

Hats · Knitting

Pom pom beanie

This week, I have been mostly knitting hats. I love hats. I wear them all the time. One reason is, obviously, the fact that I live way above the Arctic Circle and the winters here are long and cold and I like to keep my head and ears warm. Any other time a hat keeps my unruly hair away from my face and eyes.

Woolly hat

This is just a bog-standard beanie. It’s a top-down hat. I like to knit top-down hats when I only have a very limited amount of yarn and want to use it all. The yarn I used is Schachenmayr Ecologico Color. I only had one 50g ball and I kind of knew that it would not be enough, but I started anyway. When it became obvious that the yarn would only be enough for a skull cap, I decided to add a thick stripe of Finnish Novita Huopanen. I had some in orange, which seemed like a good match. I was certain that the stripe would look daft but I was wrong. I like it. It’s like I planned it this way.

Pom Pom hat
Also, I’ve never been too keen on pom poms. They are alright, but I would not often put them on my hats. For some reason I thought that one would look good on this hat and since I had an orange pom pom ready-made years and years ago, I decided to go wild and put one on. And I love it. So, all in all, a success!

Woolly hat

Happy knitting!