We have had some lovely hats over recent meetings.
Alexis had knitted and felted two very stylish hats. We loved the lime green colour of the top middle but the oatmeal one drew a lot of attention too because it just looked so good and was a perfect hat for a smart winter outfit. Middle bottom are Anne’s ribbed beanies. She spun the wool and the colours are striking and interesting. Good colours to cheer up winter! Top left is Hilary’s beret . So colourful and cheery. She spun leftover tops and don’t they look effective as they have been knitted up? Far left are Maria’s beanies from her spun wool. The purple and yellow looks good . It’s a visually interesting pattern. At the bottom she is making a gelati coloured beanie. Such a fun look with those colours. Winter does not have to be dull.
It was a beautiful sunny day today and it certainly reflected in our cheerful mood. Such a lot to see and do today and so many great ideas and beautiful colours. First, enjoy our view:
Show and Tell
Alexis: 2 knitted felted hats, very striking, one in pale yellow and one light grey.
Margaret :One pair socks brown and tan, skein of green wool.
Jan B: a finely knitted beautiful lacy shawl in a deep wine colour. Alpaca yarn.
John: a small rug woven in carpet wool lime green/tan on a cream warp, a piece of weaving in blue/red and grey which is going to be part of a jacket.
Hilary: a small skein of multi coloured tops.
Marina: is trying knitted scumbling with different techniques.
We are always making hats, beanies and berets. Everyone loves a good hat or beanie. We make them for ourselves, our friends, family , for competitions and sale. We make them for charity and then just for fun. They always find their home and head! We like trying new patterns or making up our own. The ones featured give you (and us) ideas. You can use up scraps and make fair isle or striped beanies. You can mix yarns and use something fancy like spun camel hair and silk or a really nice alpaca. You can make a difference with crochet or knitting the edge . You can do something as simple as a purl row after a number of stocking stitch rows. You can crochet the top of a beret and finish it off with knitting. You can make a nice little scarf or cowl to go with your hat. What you need is a good, basic pattern and then you can vary it with fancy stitches or a mix of crochet and knitting or you can vary the colours and yarns. It’s all up to you and your imagination.
There’s a good, basic beanie pattern on allfreeknitting.
Maria has been busy. Yesterday we featured the grannie squares she’d sorted out at home and she is making her flower ones now. She has knitted three lovely beanies as well in her handspun wool. The white and autumn coloured one is very soft and looks interesting. The Fair Isle one is a classic in classic wool colours and would keep your head nice and warm. We loved that one because it looked stylish. We also fell in love with the green beanie in hand spun wool with the loose pom pom at the top. it was a great colour but a fun hat.
Jan 1 had used her homespun wool to make a lovely child’s hat. Beautifully knitted and cheerful colours. The stitches were so even but the handdyed wool had created an interesting swirl pattern as she knitted so the beanie is stylish but nice and comfortable for a child to wear.