I am sharing a couple of recently completed knitted items today. First up is a hat and scarf set that I knit for myself using PetiteKnit’s North Sea Set pattern. The hat comes in one size and is knitted, along with the scarf, using Drops Nord yarn, which is a 45% alpaca, 30% polyamide and 25% wool fingering weight yarn. The scarf took 8 balls of wool (2 per colour) in the shades (I think!) 01, 03, 05 and 12. The hat took two balls of wool in shade 05.
Both hat and scarf are knit on 3mm needles, with the hat using two strands of wool held together. The scarf is knit using a single strand of yarn. The scarf took just over 2 months for me to knit! It is essentially a long tube knit on circular needles, and then the ends sewn together. The end scarf is double layered and the wool is soft and warm. I am very pleased with both items. Yes, the scarf is nothing more than seemingly endless stocking stitch, but I didn’t mind the repetitiveness of it: I personally found it very therapeutic and enjoyed the mindless knitting whilst watching TV.
Next up I made a hat for Philip. This is the PetiteKnit Hipster Hat. Cos he is such a hipster, LOL. Again, this was knit using Drops Nord yarn in the shade 15. This is the woman’s size as apparently Philip has a small head. It is knit using two strands of wool held together on 3.5 mm needles in 2 x 2 rib. And yes, he is wearing the coat I made for him a few years back.
I will say that yes, the actual knitting of these items was not hard. But I definitely learned plenty of new skills knitting these projects. The Italian tubular cast on to cast on stitches for the hats took me a while to master; the kitchener stitch used to seam the ends of the scarf together, knitting jogless stripes when changing yarn colour on the scarf and the shaping of the hats whilst juggling the magic loop technique were all valuable things I learned, which I am sure will stand me in good stead for future projects. These projects have kept me going in these uncertain times in which we are living. And I enjoyed making them.
See you soon!