Well it’s Spring here in Australia now but we’re having some serious September rain today so I’ll be putting on my new beanie to help with a bad hair day.
Winter was definitely beanie season for us and I managed to knit “most” members of the family a hat/beanie. Like the Hannah hat I made recently this hat pattern is also by one of my favourite designers – Georgie of Tikki Knits and it’s called Sassafras. It’s supplied with instructions for the lace in both chart and written form which is great if you prefer knitting a particular way.
The Sassafras hat is a matching pattern for the Olinda kids cardigan (sizes approximately 0 to 12 years) which I haven’t made but have always admired it. After completing this beanie I think that knitting the lace pattern all over a cardigan is less intimidating as it was quite easy to memorise and a very enjoyable knit. The true beauty of these two patterns though is that they are reversible. This side with the lace panels raised is my total favourite and I love the paisley wooden button detail.
When reversing this hat to wear it you can just fold up the brim to give you a different look.
The top of the hat finishes with a beautiful cluster of stitches.
The yarn I used was some Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK that was waiting in my stash for the perfect project. The turquoise is such a lovely colour that I’m knitting another project now with the leftover yarn as I had two skeins.
The plan to knit a lot from my stash is going well and I’ve even been selling a few left over skeins that I don’t think I’ll ever use again. There are some great groups on Facebook to help you do this too if you feel a bit overwhelmed and realise you have more yarn than you could actually knit up in your lifetime! In the spirit of the “konmari” method (from the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up) hold every ball of wool you own in your hands one at a time and ask yourself “Does this spark joy?”. Then if the answer is no let it go and hopefully it will find a home with someone that it does spark some joy with.