Oy vey, how pretty is this cabled hat?! I think it would look amazing in a simple yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash (the heathered colours would be especially fetching), but any worsted weight solid, semi-solid, heathered or tweed yarn would look amazing! Be sure to wash your hat and lay it flat to dry to settle the cables.
Cozy sockies make great gifts, especially when they are knitted with worsted weight yarn. This FREE pattern from Tincan Knits has great instructions and ranges in size from Baby to Adult Large. The other great thing is that you have a lot of yarn options when you work with a worsted, ranging from pretty hand paints like Manos Alegria Grande or Malabrigo Rios, to budget friendly options like Cascade 220 Superwash and Berroco Vintage, or Berroco Comfort Print. The most important thing about your yarn choice is make sure it’s machine washable!
We got this beautiful new yarn (Manos Alegria Grande) in the store recently and I was kind of itching to get my needles into it … so I did! And I made a hat! I made a Simple Ribbed Hat, which is an old pattern of ours that I just revised while working on the hat.
I chose a 1×1 rib because the dense rib tends to mitigate any potential colour pooling in hand-dyed yarns. It also makes a nice, warm hat, especially when worn with the brim turned up. I think it’ll make a great gift, especially with the holiday season creeping up.
Manos del Urugay Alegria Grande is a sumptuously soft superwash yarn that’s great for EVERYTHING (except felting). Made with 75% merino wool & 25% polyamide, it’s strong enough for boot socks, and soft enough for baby hats.
75% merino wool, 25% polyamide
100g/180m (197 yds)
18 to 20 sts = 4″/10cm
4mm to 5mm (US 6 to 8) needles
Machine or hand wash in cold water, lay flat to dry
New Fino mini skein kits are a world of fun! The sets are available in 7 gorgeous colour combinations. One kit is enough to make a tube cowl (like the Annie Infinity Cowl), if you want to make a shawl it is advisable to buy two kits. Elegant and refined, Manos Fino combines the softness of merino wool with the lustre of silk in a lightweight yarn that’s perfect for heirloom accessories or luxurious garments. Fino also features a new dye process that yields complex, subtle, tonal colours.
One of the things I really like about working in the store is interacting with people. I learn a lot from my customers, I enjoy their different perspectives, it opens my mind and stretches me. There is an infinite diversity in people’s colour preferences, and while I’m pretty good at combining colours, their choices are sometimes things that I didn’t see or wouldn’t think of.
The yarn above is one of those instances. I was taking pictures of new colours of Manos Alegriathat had just come in, and afterwards, put the skeins on our table before putting them away. A client (Deborah) popped in and said: “Oh, is that a fade?” And there is was, right under my nose, a great combination for a Find Your Fadewrap!