Where did you get that hat?

 

 

There were some nice hats this week. You would never be lost in Hilary’s luminescent green beanie. Beautifully spun, eye catching green which would make you a stand out. the cables on the hat give it visual interest and a professional finish. Jan’s autumn colours slouch beanie is lovely. It is cosy. The colours are rich and warm and it just makes you want to wear it. The double , folded edge at the boarder makes it looks really neat. Then there’s Marjorie’es psychedelic beret. She bought the unspun colourway in Nimbin and has since spun and now knitted it up. The loud colours are fun and this would be a very cheerful beret to wear on a cold winter’s day. Sometimes you jsut have to make a colour statement with your accessories.

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Knitted beret

Winter is coming so hats, beanies and berets will be on our needles , hooks and minds now. Cathy knitted her first beret in her own spun wool and alpaca and is really pleased with the result even though it had started out badly. The pattern she used just looked and felt all wrong and so she took a leaf out of Maria’s book and just unpicked what she didn’t like. That left her with the band. She then looked at various beret patterns and worked out a way of increasing and decreasing. She was knitting and purling as she  felt like it so you can do the same. This is what she did:

Round needles/dpns 3.75 and 5.00

8 ply or equivalent yarn

Using 3.75 needles cast on 102 stitches.

Purl 3 , knit one for the next rounds until you have knitted 5cm. Last stitch should be knit. Make sure you mark the first stitch.

Change to 5.00 needles and continue with the purl 3 knit one pattern for another   5cm.

The band is now 10cm wide.

Decide whether you want to knit or purl the next round. Cathy purled it.

Increase round:Knit or purl 5 stitches, increase into the next one. Knit or purl 5 stitches , increase into the next one. Continue like this until the end of the round.

Knit or purl the next row.

Now do the opposite. If it was a knit row then purl it. If it was a purl row then knit it.

Repeat the increase round.

Now you can carry on as you please until your work measures 18cm.

Decrease row: K2 tog , knit 10 stitches, slip one stitch, knit one. Pass slip stitch over. Continue with this until the end of the round.

Purl or knit next round

K2 tog , knit 9 stitches, slip one stitch, knit one. Pass slip stitch over. Continue with this until the end of the round.

Purl or knit next round

K2 tog , knit 8 stitches, slip one stitch, knit one. Pass slip stitch over. Continue with this until the end of the round.

Do this decreasing until you get to knit two stitches before the slip stitch.

Knit or purl one row . Break yarn but leave a tail. Thread a needle though with the tail of wool and pull stit

ches tight and sew securely for the top of the beret.

 

 

 

 

Show and Tell

show and tell April 1st 2019The weather was beautiful on Monday and our ocean view was quite spectaular. it may have been April Fool’s Day but no fools were present. Just plenty of enthusiastic peopel with great colours and good ideas.

Marjorie: 3 skeins 1, multi coloured blue, green & red, purple & green & a spun wool vest in brown with white flecks.

Janette: ball of spun wool in grey & turquoise.

Cathy: Beret in dark brown, blue & red, ball of spun wool dark brown alpaca/pink corriedale.

Marina: large rug crocheted pattern from corner to corner in various shades of brown, fawn & cream. Small beanie with a fur pom pom.

Karin: a crescent scarf spun from wool dyed at our work shop.

Jan 1: 3 beanies knitted from commercial fibres in various colours, turquoise fluffy/blue, various reds with stripes of blue & black, mainly greens with stripes of blue & violet.

Peter: weaving a piece for a ruck sack,

John is weaving his straps for the latest shopping bag.

Autumn colours

crescent shawl    You can see the complexity of Christine’s crescent  shawl in this picture and why she needs all her stitch markers. It’s the colour of the shawl which is important today. This is hand spun, dyed wool and it’s a rich rust/russet colour. A deep autumn colour and it looks lovely.

 

 

 

 

knitted handspun beretMajorie had brought along a beret for show and tell and the colour of that was very similar in colour to the shawl but with a bit more red. Unfortunately, the camera was making it look more pink. Marjorie had plied light wool with dark wool and then dyed it all to a rich rust/russet colour which matches Christine’s shawl very nicely ! Those who can’t dye yet were being shown some really good examples of how much the right dye will lift your spun wool into a new colour realm and so whatever you make will look so much better. Majorie’s beret is beautifully knitted and would keep your head nice  and warm in winter. Just try and imagine it that deeper colour with flecks of black. The pictures do not do it justice. It’s a beautiful autumn leaf colour.

knitted handspun beret