Variegated yarns can be tricky. Haven’t we all had our phases of stocking our stashes with skeins of multicoloured wonders? Haven’t we all, at some point, wondered just what we can make from those skeins?
Variegated yarns can be just so wrong. Sometimes they’re a clash of colours that when knitted up serve only to detract from the overall look of the project. We’ve all seen them. Unsightly at worst, not necessarily successful at best. And at other times, they just work. You find the marriage of project and yarn just comes together and you see that there is really a point to variegated yarns after all. I think my latest hat works really well. It’s Rikke, a nice free pattern I’ve had my eye on for a while.
The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill DK Super Glitz – a discontinued yarn that was given to me several years ago now by Louiz at Random Acts of Yarn. It’s sat in my stash for a long time, waiting. You can’t see from these photos, sadly, that it has tiny gold sparkles in it. That’s how subtle they are. It’s not heavily sparkled – just enough to be eye catching in person.
The sparkles for a long time suggested an Alice hat to me – but I tend not to knit gift yarns for other people – so it’s time finally arrived and it became this fun, slouchy hat for me.
Lots of people hate with a raging fury to purl in the round – but I found after this hat and other hats I made in September that it wasn’t too bad at all. I couldn’t quite see what the rage was all about. Sure it’s not my favourite way to spend my knitting hours but it was far from unpleasant.
I knitted it exactly to the pattern. There are plenty of ways to modify it noted by others, but I found it fitted me just fine. Some knitters find it too big and some feel the length/slouch is just a bit too funky – someone said that, yes! That as written it’s too funky. I just see it as something that’s not going to flatten my hair completely – next winter. Funky or not!
Yes, next winter – because it’s now officially too warm for winter hats. But let’s recap all the fun I had making hats over winter.
More hats than I’ve ever made in my whole decade or so of knitting. That’s a pretty good feeling.