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Snowflake Hat and Mitts for all the family!

This pattern came out of Knit Camp!  I was teaching Fair Isle, so was in that mind set, my stall was opposite the p/hop stall in the Marketplace, and I wanted to try J&S’s new chunky wool which had its first outing in Stirling.  I had known of MSF’s work for a long time and it seemed obvious to use the yarn to make a pattern for p/hop!

I must admit that I like to use every yard of yarn – call me thrifty or mean, I don’t mind which.  By working the hat with one colour as the main colour and the mitts with the other colour, I used the vast majority of both 100 g balls.  In fact I have put 2 balls of the main colour for the set as I only had about a metre left!

Because the yarn is a chunky, it knits up very quickly.  We get a lot of wind up here in Orkney so hats need to pull right down over the ears both for warmth and to make sure they stay on your head.  And mitts need to be long in the cuff to protect the wrists and tuck into coat sleeves.

If you are new to colour work, the Fair Isle section on the hat is over before you have had time to be frightened, and the intarsia star on the mitts takes minutes.  And if colour work is not for you, the pattern works up just as well in one colour, or in stripes…

The ‘pleat’ edging the crown is something I have used many times.  It takes longer to write than to do, and once you have started, you will find it is straightforward.  It is a device you can export to other patterns too!  And topping off  with a bit of i-cord makes life a bit more interesting.  Again, though, if you don’t like it, leave it off and just draw the yarn through the remaining stitches.

So Happy Birthday p’hop.  I hope people like my ‘present’, donate lots and enjoy making and wearing the hat and mitts!

PS  These things would make wonderful Christmas pressies for adults or children – green and white or red and white…  And they really do knit up very quickly….

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Thank you very much Liz for your patterns and your blog post.

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