Pattern: Fidra Hat by Gudrun Johnston (on Ravelry)
Yarn: James.C Brett Chunky with Merino
Every winter I like to add to my knitted hat collection and this year I wanted something chunky, something neutral and something with a pompom.
The Fidra pattern fit the bill perfectly. I love the detailing on the sides and the front and once I got into a rhythm, it wasn't a difficult thing to knit up.
The cast on method for this ribbing is a new one to me. A German Twisted Cast On. I already know (and enjoy) Long Tail Cast On, and this was a variation of that style. I watched a video on You Tube and got it straight away. I skimmed over the written instructions for it which are included in the pattern, but there was no way they were going to make any sense!
I had a couple of false starts with the pattern section though. I actually ripped it back to the ribbing twice because my stitch count was off after doing a couple of rows. The pattern instructions are charted for the main body of the hat and, not really working from charts before, it threw me. I guess you just have to have more practice with them.
After frustratingly taking back all my stitches for the second time, I grabbed my pattern sheet and headed over to the computer to write it all out line by line. It took a bit of time, but it was well worth it. Once I started knitting again, it all fell into place.
It came together very quickly. The chunky wool ensured a speedy knit, and I am really happy with the fit. I am planning on making another one for Boo, without the pom pom, as she isn't a fan.
This is a great pattern for using up one 100g ball of wool. I only have 15g left over (and I did make a pretty big pom pom!)