Gifted yarn for a good cause


yarn gifted from India

yarn gifted from India

When this lovely local woollen yarn arrived from a dear friend in India, I knew almost straight away what it wanted to be. Two single 50g balls in co-ordinating colours? Why, stripes of course!

Add to that my need lately of simple knitting, I set about knitting a beanie. A striped beanie. And I don’t know about you, but these colours gave me  a retro feeling.  And so, a striped beanie in garter stitch was born.

Now, my son Aran doesn’t really need any more Hats, but this one was practically begging to go on his head! With a pom-pom of course, because all good retro inspired stripey beanies need pom-poms.

Aran in his stripey beanie, front view

Aran in his stripey beanie, front view

I chose garter stitch for this Hat because it seemed to compliment the style just so. And me being me, went for the ‘inside out’ look. The beanie is structured on multiples of 8 with a balanced 4 point crown shaping. It’s a pleasant, simple knit, and flowed perfectly on the needles… the perfect, mindless knitting pattern!

Aran in his stripey beanie, rear view

Aran in his stripey beanie, rear view

And why am I telling you all this? Because I have donated this pattern to P/hop so that you can enjoy it too! There are a good range of sizes included (the garter stitch is super stretchy, so this one will see Aran well for a few years yet), with notes about how to knit it ‘right-side out’ and even how it can be converted to knitting on straight needles (this one is knitted in the round) You can vary the width of the stripes or even knit it plain should you prefer. It’s ideal for all ages and is pretty much gender neutral.

I’m pretty sure my friend who gifted me the yarn would approve of this Hat and it’s pattern for P/hop – a generous gift that can live on and benefit others.

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Thank you very much Woollywormhead. You can read more from Woolywormhead here.

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