One of the best things about crafts and making things is when friends and family ask you to make them something, or you get to make something to give as a gift. I never get bored of it and the people are always really appreciative of the time and effort spent. It’s like baking a cake; for me the enjoyment of baking is the actual act of making something, nine times out of ten I’m really not interested in eating it (though I’m partial to a cupcake or two!).
So when my friend Sophie asked if I’d knit her a hat to add to her ever growing collection, I couldn’t resist. Side note: Sophie is one of those friends who has been in my life since I was a teenager and, while we don’t see each other a lot, when we do everything falls back into place. Sophie’s also one of the most supportive people I know, so it was an absolute pleasure to knit for her.
Sophie selected the hat she wanted me to make and coincidentally I’d been itching to make something with Wool and the Gang‘s products for a while – great minds, ey?
Wool and the Gang’s knitted Hemingway hat
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Wool and the Gang’s Hemingway hat pattern, part of a free collection when you sign up here.
- 5mm (UK) knitting needles
- 2 balls of WATG’s 100% Baby Alpaca – we chose Checker’s Tweed
- 1 ball of WATG’s 100% Shiny Happy Cotton – we chose Vitamin C
- Yarn needle
- A pom pom maker/cardboard
While this pattern may look tricky on first glance, it’s honestly not and was great fun to work up and took no time at all. For a large part of the hat you’ll be knitting 50 rows in 2×2 rib stitch, before you begin decreasing – so nothing too complex.
The yarn is really soft and you can tell it’s of a really good quality – I’d never worked with alpaca yarn before but now I’m sold on it! Sophie chose the colours and while grey and orange might seem a bit out there, I think it works really well and suits Sophie’s personality down to a tee.
The only fiddly bit for me was that because you’re working with three strands of yarn (2 alpaca, 1 cotton), of a significant difference in thickness, I got them tangled quite a few times. Thankfully my boyfriend was on hand to fix it for me – much to his annoyance. I have a horrible habit of doing that, so any ideas on how not to would be handy!
Here are a couple more photos for you, taken by Katie Bretherton while Sophie was on holiday in the Isle of Skye back in June this year.
Finally, I have to say a big thank you to Katie Bretherton for taking and allowing me to share these picks; I was over the moon to see them and think she’s done a great job at capturing one of my makes.
Photo credit: Katie Bretherton