A TOFT ‘Cobblestone’ Hat

I went to a Mosaic Knitting workshop at TOFT UK earlier this year and later saw the Cobblestone Hat pattern and was inspired to make it for the autumn. I have only dabbled in colour work (read a 1/4 finished pair of mittens) once before, so I thought this would be a nice achievable project.

 

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I bought a kit from the shop and used TOFT Mushroom DK 50gTOFT Green DK yarn 25g and a TOFT Pom Pom Cocoa. The cast on was pretty straight forward and then the colour work and fun began. I was knitting away thinking I would have it finished in the recommended 5 to 10 hours when I figured my hat looked nothing like the pattern and was pretty tiny. After a while I realised I had been reading the pattern wrong and not repeating any of the rows. Then began the painful task of unpicking. There are a lot of slipped stitches in this pattern, so it was not easy. But, I have learned so much from messing up my knitting over the past year and half. So, although I cursed like a sailor, I was pretty happy throughout this project.

Life and other projects caught my attention and before I knew it six months had passed and my hat was no further along. So I picked it up again a few weeks ago and wouldn’t you know I made exactly the same mistake as I did the first time! Cue unpicking to the nth degree. It’s fine, it’s all learning. Right? Right.

Thankfully, I pushed through and I am now the proud owner of a new hat.

 

It is a one size fits all pattern and the instructions to block the hat flat, which I did, but I think I may have to go at it again with a balloon, because it’s not quite the ‘perfect fit’ yet; I need a bit of extra room for my natural hair, which seems to be getting bigger by the day. I am also considering lining it somehow with silk, because the wool seems to suck all of the joy (moisture) out of my hair and leaves me with serious hat hair. Have you ever done this? Did it help?

I thought  I had killed the pom pom after it had been in the water, it looked like Dr. Watson after one of his baths only worse.  But I am happy to report it made a full recovery and now looks slightly curly, which I think looks seriously cute.

I am still really pleased with the finished article and best of all it goes with my mushroom TOFT Skeleton scarf that I made a few years ago!

My next project is a pair of mittens, not the ones I mentioned earlier a different pair. Haha! Like I said I am easily distracted.

Happy knitting!

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My First Hat – A Cabled Beanie

A few weeks ago I went to a Cabled Beanie Class led by Sarah Hazell. My knitting skills are not extensive – scarves short, long and twisted are pretty much the extent of my knitting projects so far (I have some WIP mittens and a cardigan and hopefully I will post about those in the future).

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Stitch markers are the key!

There were three of us on the course, so we got lots of one to one attention, which was great. Sarah’s pattern requires 50g of Rowan Felted Tweed and we had loads of colours to choose from (and doubles of everything, so we didn’t have to fight over colours Hunger Games style, which was great). I was torn, but chose this red, which is almost orange and has multiple of colour flecks in it. We did a stretchy long tail cast on and then we learned how to do the magic loop method. It’s a strange one – I have to say it’s not my favourite, I think I prefer DPNs; but I can see the benefits for when you want to take your knitting out and about, because you do not have to worry about the stitches falling off the ends of your needles or is that just me? I found it got really tight towards the top of the hat, so I switched back to the DPNs.

My hat took several weeks to complete and without wanting to sound preachy I now have a better understanding of the (true) cost of my Primarni hats of the past. I learned lots of new skills: twisted stitches, cables and how to TINK 🙂 I used a ton of stitch markers and I think that they are crucial to any future projects. In the end I think that I learned as much from my mistakes as anything else and I am really pleased with my hat. I got stuck on the cables and contacted Sarah and she was really helpful and got back to me quickly with great advice and I soon ploughed through those cables.

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Twisted stitches and two types of cables (and the obligatory cat hair).

Before I knew it my hat was complete and it was time to decide between the recommended tassel and a pom pom, which I used to hate as a child, but now veer towards. The IG vote went towards a pom pom and as recommended I went for the biggest one I could muster – I had forgotten how long it takes to make a pom pom the ‘old fashioned way’, but it was fun.

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Then it was time to block my hat and I fear this is where things took a turn. You can probably guess what’s coming next, either I squeezed too hard or the water was too hot or perhaps both, but I fear I now have a Design Feature Double Felted (is that a thing?) Cabled Beanie. Oh well, I shall wear it with pride. Because I made it and I love it 🙂

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Next stop? Mittens.