I appear to be on a bit of a roll.....
I'm chuffed with this design, if I may say so myself.
It was started last summer, when I was popping over to Dublin to teach my 2nd Hat Design workshop at This Is Knit (I'm back for a 3rd year this summer, btw!) but it spent some time languishing, as my first formula for the Crown shaping didn't quite give the shape I wanted, and I was keen to work on something that followed the same principles and work for all sizes.
Off we went to Portugal, when I spent some more time swatching and still, despite the calmness and the loveliness of our surroundings, what I wanted to achieve seemed so near yet so far.
And then earlier this year, I got the formula right. And finishing this was one of the things that helped me feel as if I'd turned a corner with my depression; it made me feel as if I could put my designing Hat back on again, even if only tentatively.
Decreasing on an all reverse stocking stitch background is rather tricky to do invisibly. And here is a virtually invisible shaping formula that also follows the same principles. It allows the half-life motif to stand forward, to take centre stage, without those pesky decreases spoiling the show. It's not a complex formula, it's surprisingly simple, but I guess I needed to recalculate it for myself. It's all part of the process of getting my brain back on track.
The yarn is a soft and buttery DK from the Little Knitting Company - a blend of cashmere and yak - and it really is as luscious as it sounds!
Yes, it's a little luxury in a ball, but the yardage per 25g is pretty amazing, and this beanie only took just over 25g. It's incredibly light to wear, and at the same time, much warmer than you'd expect such a light Hat to be. I've a few more designs in the testing/editing phase in this yarn and I've loved working with it. If you can get your hands on a couple of balls you won't regret it.
The pattern comes in 3 sizes, with each size charted and written out separately. There's also an illustrated tutorial for the cast on included, too. The print ready file will be going off to my distributor in the next week, and it's been made available through the Rav In-Store sales. We're still playing catch-up after the week of birthday celebrations, and it may take me a little longer to get it listed with Etsy and Craftsy. My upload pile is kinda bursting at the seams; hoping for a decent internet day sometime in the near future!
Meantime, all the extra details, such as yardage and sizing, can be found on the Half Theory page.
And that's all for today. Hope you like it :)