It’s not just autumn, it’s hat season at our place and it looks like I’m attempting to make a hat for every member of the family! I shared the Rikke hat I knitted for our 11 year old last week and this week I’m sharing this gorgeous beanie for Miss 9.
This yarn was purchased from a Facebook sale page called Little Plum Yarns and it was too pretty not to buy it to add to my collection. It is a OOAK (one of a kind) Sparkle DK with the most gorgeous variation of colours. It is 75% merino, 20% silk (which gives is a beautiful shine) and 5% silver toned Stellina (the sparkly bits). Unfortunately I’ve had this yarn so long it’s actually discontinued and Little Plum Yarn is having a break from dyeing according to their Ravelry group (details here). The yarn looked so pretty in my stash for so long waiting for a project worthy enough to use it for.
What I didn’t realise until I knitted up this very pretty yarn, is that it is even prettier once it is knitted. The little pops of yellow, blue, white, dark pink make it look like pink sparkly confetti! I love it and so does my daughter as she is wearing it a lot already.
Having beautiful yarn to knit with is only half of the puzzle though. This hat is so spectacular due to the wonderful pattern by the very talented knitwear designer Georgie of TikkiKnits. I’ve lost count as to how many patterns I’ve made of Georgie’s. They are so well written and great to follow with both charts and written instructions. This hat or beanie is a pattern I’ve been wanting to make ever since it was released in 2014. It’s called “Hannah” and is knitted from the brim up in 8ply yarn.
Georgie describes the lace pattern as reminiscent of twirling ribbons which is pretty spot on. The 7 pointed star on the crown is such a lovely way to finish it. Instructions are included for the option of creating a more slouchy style beanie or you can fold up the brim and add a pom pom for a different look.
The hat is cast on with a tubular cast-on which I hadn’t tried before but gives it a great elastic edge with a very neat finish.
The autumn leaves are falling and throwing them up in the air is a favourite activity for Miss 9 so we tried to get some fun pictures in her new hat doing this. It provided lots of smiles, laughs and autumn memories to keep!
Have you knitted any great beanie patterns lately? Do your kids love throwing autumn leaves everywhere?