Something for me! I just finished this riverbed rib hat designed by Katherine Vaughan. It is from my beautiful hardcover book Knit Noro Accessories.
I’ve said it before (here, here and here) that I love Noro. It has that beautiful homespun look and feel to it. I loved the colourway they used for this hat in the book and it took me a while to track down my own hank for my stash. It uses just one hank of Noro Iro in colour #106 with beautiful vibrant green, teal and purple.
I started this late one night which was not a good idea. Mistakenly my eyes jumped to the wrong lines and I kept knitting away for quite a few rows till I realised I had gone to the pattern repeat instructions instead of the actual hat instructions. Lesson learnt and a bit of frogging later I started again. Once I got going it became a bit of an obesssion as I really wanted to see if I was doing it right. Happy to say that I learnt two new stitches making this beanie.
I love the “riverbeds” which are made with drop stitches, it’s a really pretty effect.
It was hard to start the hat on the circular needles as the cord was too long so was a bit tight even though I had the right size the pattern suggested. So when I started the second time I started with double pointed needles to make it easier until I had enough length that it stretched around the circular needles a bit better. The pattern on the top of the hat / beanie is gorgeous too when its all joined together.
I’d love to make another one of these hats as I really enjoyed the knitting pattern and hats are such nice quick projects to make after all my cardigans and blankets lately.