Well, I have another finished object for Friday. This is quite something! I knit a hat for a friend who celebrated her birthday this week. She is a non-knitter but very deserving of handmade gifts. I used a leftover skein of Rowan Pure Wool Superwash I had in my stash. The pattern I followed is called “Skelter.” This product may seem overpriced. I still remember the thought process I went through a couple years ago when I considered buying it. I was hesitant and thought about it for maybe a week before I finally broke down and let go of my money.
I’ll definitely make more of these hats in the future, so I suppose I’ll get my money’s worth out of it. I’m sort of feeling guilty because I bought the pattern so long ago and hadn’t bothered to use it until now! But, maybe I can feel less guilty today and in the future. Besides, it’s a great pattern for using a spare skein of worsted weight yarn that you’ve got lying around.
Also, to give the designer some credit, it’s a solid pattern. The instructions are clear and assume the knitter is totally ignorant about everything, including how to make a pompom on the cheap. I used my pompom maker to make my pompom, but you don’t need one to make one. Another thing I like about “Skelter” is the way the decreases are incorporated into the main stitch pattern. As you can see in the photo, the cables gradually slim down all the way up the crown.