Sunday, 30 October 2016

Qwist and Barley Hats

Back in the New Year I treated myself to a pattern bundle over on Ravelry with the hope that I could get a couple of the items knitted up. I chose the Texture is the New Black collection by Melanie Berg. The details on all the pieces are beautiful and I knew it would be a learning challenge for me. 

I especially wanted to make the Qwist Hat and Mittens. Well I didn't get as far as I hoped, but I might have enough of this variegated yarn left to try the mittens.

This hat actually turned out to be a little big on me. I guess my gauge was slightly off. I love how it has turned out though, and yes it was a labour of love. The pattern is well written and all the different stitches explained within the text of the pattern. I had never done the twisted slip stitch before and struggled at first but soon got the hang of it.

The resulting pattern makes for a really beautiful and interesting design and I love the way it is incorporated into the ribbing around the brim.

The yarn is from Hedgerow Yarns on Etsy. It is a 4ply Alpaca/Merino Sock yarn. Lovely and soft with a gorgeous colour mix.

The Qwist Hat definitely took me a longer time to make than most hat projects because it requires more concentration, but I think the finished item is well worth it. The stitches are a joy to look at. 

On to my second knit.... The Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits. On the other end of the difficulty scale to the Qwist Hat really. It is one of the beginner knits from their Simple Collection.

I really love this hat, it fits perfectly. I have worn it a few times now and it will be the first one I reach for when it gets chilly. 

It has a garter stitch section which adds an interesting break in the plain stocking stitch. I chose to add the extra inch in length so it would be slouchier.

I used Cascade 220 superwash yarn for this and as with everything I have used it for, it produces a beautiful item with great stitch definition. It is soft and warm without being scratchy.

I intend on making the rest of the family one of these hats each, they are so quick and simple to make that I feel it is an achievable goal before winter arrives!

These photos were shot on our holiday to Scotland, so much beauty everywhere. A stunning time of year to visit that area. I will leave you with some photographs of when we visited the Queen's View.

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