I picked this pattern and yarn up last fall at the “Vogue Knit Live” event in Chicago. A vendor from St. Paul, Minnesota had a sample of this chic hat and I wanted to knit it. I finally got around to making it this summer. I do not bother with knitting a test swatch because I know that my gauge is bound to be off from what a pattern says. For this reason I generally size down in knitting needles. As I knit this I could tell it was going to be huge but didn’t worry because with wool there is always felting. After finishing the hat I took a before felting picture and then an after. It’s still very cute but has a slightly different look and drape. I imagine that one would have to knit very tight in order to achieve the gauge of the pattern. Most of the hat was 184 stitches in the round which is a lot! I like to knit looser with smaller needles.
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I knit with a lot of 100% wool which results in many wool scraps. I finally discovered the perfect use for them with this acorn tutorial from the HonestlyWTF blog. In the following photos I’m sharing how I break down the wool scraps to prep for felting. Making these felted balls can be tricky because a lot of cracks form and they can be difficult to cover. I recently tried to make these with roving that I had purchased from the craft store that didn’t require combing and it seemed to work pretty well but then you aren’t using your scraps. I scavenged some of the acorn caps but some I purchased on ETSY.
This hat was knit using Flicker yarn from Berroco that I purchased at the Knitting Tree in Madison. This is my own pattern using a stitch from one of Barbara Walker’s books (some of my favorites). I knit 3 identical hats and one has already been purchased for a Christmas gift for next year!
This yarn has a subtle sparkle in it which I was drawn to. It’s fun to try out different yarns especially when I knit with the same yarns over and over for my knit business. This yarn is stretchier than most and makes for a very comfortable hat in a refreshing color. This pattern will be available for purchase soon and these samples will be listed in my ETSY shop soon.
A friend and I went to the Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mt. Horeb, WI this week. I had been wanting to tour the mill ever since the owner, Anne, gave a talk at one of the Madison Knitting Guild meetings last fall. It’s a short drive from Madison in a beautiful, hilly area.
They were doing their once-a-year cleaning of the equipment when we visited but we still got a good glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes. Each batch of yarn that the mill produces is custom. They have a storefront too and we purchased some super soft and affordable wool from the mill. I can’t wait to knit with mine! Project photos to follow.