Wednesday, 17 August 2016

fo: space invaders fair isle hat

Pattern - my own design, pattern available to purchase soon
Yarn - Sirdar Country Style DK, Sirdar Harrap Tweed DK, Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK
Ravelry project page - here

A much delayed post, looking at more closely the Space Invaders Hats I knit for my 'simply sublime' yarn review, that I promised to share with you 2 weeks ago! I can give you excuses and apologies and what not, but I've been doing that a lot lately, and will probably do it some more yet. Combined with the fact that I won't have regular internet access until the very end of this month (thank you very much for that, Virgin Media), let's just blow past this and talk about the hats!

When I first wrote about the hats on the blog, it was review some lovely yarns that Sirdar sent over to me. I don't want to repeat myself too much, but now you can see the 2 versions of the hat modelled by Ben and me. The tweed version is knitted with Sirdar Harrap Tweed and Country Style DK - wool and acrylic blends - and the brighter version is made using Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool. The merino wool is my new favourite yarn with knit with, but you can read more about my thoughts on all of these excellent yarns in my earlier post
I've designed the hats to be knit in the round. I prefer circular needles and the magic loop method myself, but I would have thought double pointed needles would work fine as well! The fair isle design is, again, of my own creation. I worked out the pattern on some graph paper and coloured in a few versions to decide on the two colour combinations that I liked best!

Initially, the fair isle had a different band above the space invaders, that looked like peaks and valleys. I decided, while knitting the hats, that this design wouldn't fit well and would look unbalanced. Instead I repeated the first section of the pattern above the space invaders which creates a more clearly defined 'band' around the hat. 

The pom pom's are of course made using a Clover Pom Pom maker (this, honestly, is one of the best purchases I ever made!) and are a mix of the 3 colours used on the hat which I think ties it all together nicely and adds a nice little explosion of colour to the hats. 

The hats are really comfortable and warm, which made taking pictures in August very interesting. I think Ben and I are going to look so darn cool in winter wearing these hats - particularly if we wear them together!

I've wanted to knit myself something like this for a long time and I am really pleased that I finally sorted myself out and got to it! As mentioned before, I will be publishing a pattern that you can purchase for the hat soon - I can't say when as my schedule isn't letting up anytime soon! But I hope you will be pleased with it when it finally comes out. I will be sure to let you know.

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