Indeedy, Playful Woolly Toppers pattern no.10 is out!
This is a pretty little design with bobbles that work their way around the body towards the crown. With it's deep folded brim in the contrast colour it's as warm as it is decorative. The bulk of the Hat is worked on the bias, and the combination of increases and decreases, coupled with the placement of the bobbles, creates those distinctive stems joining the bobbles, like strings of beads or buds.
4 sizes are included in the pattern, and there's no chart for the stitch pattern as it's an awful lot simpler than it looks! The bias repeat is easy to memorise and the crown shaping is worked into the pattern seamlessly.
Morea is knit in Shibui Knits Baby Alpaca, which is listed as a DK, but is on the lighter side of a DK, more a sportsweight or heavy 4ply, and that needs to be noted when subbing yarns. The alpaca knits beautifully at a gauge of 28sts to 4in/10cm and provides a nice and firm yet drapey fabric - it's one of those fibres that can do that without feeling stiff and bulky.
I wasn't sure about listing a DK weight at this gauge, as one tester questioned it and I could see that it potentially could be a problem, and reknit samples in a Wendy Merino 4ply, which gave a marginally smaller sizes for the same pattern. However, the alpaca adds that extra something, and Shibui Knits colourways are hard to replicate - the reknit versions just weren't as beautiful. I will add them to the Ravelry as projects, to highlight the difference in yarn weight and labelling.
And the release of the 10th pattern means that yes, Playful Woolly Toppers is out of pre-order and published!
Purchasers of the pre-order will have received a message to say that they can download the eBook. The price has now reverted to £9, but do keep an eye on your inbox as there's an offer going out today for newsletter subscribers.
The print edition will be coming very shortly - I've a few things that I need to get straightened out, and there's a change on the horizon with regards to who, were & how my books are printed. I'll explain all this another time, but in the meantime, I'm working on getting wholesale print orders fulfilled, so that shops can get it in stock ready for Hat knitting season.
I do hope you like the finished book. I'm relieved to have it finished, as the troubles of the last few months, and the need to jump into action with the fundraiser have meant that I couldn't give it my full attention. Thankfully it was mostly done, and with the help of my trusty editors, it's now top notch. And y'know, sometimes putting something down for a month or so allows you to see things that you might have missed before - I'm glad I didn't try and rush it out.