All Photos by Ashley Shea Photography
As I post this, the weather is slowly starting to warm up. I don’t know if we are actually seeing the end of winter around here. If I remember correctly, this is the time of year that we all start thinking it is going to get warm because of one or two warm-ish days, but this is just silly. We live in New England—it will snow again. And when it does, my head will be toasty warm with this new shop sample that Jenny knitted up!
We really wanted to have something on the shop floor that was fun, bright and cheery and this fit the bill! The pattern is called From Norway with Love, and it’s by Anna & Heidi Pickles. If you haven’t seen their line of patterns, they are super cute. But out of all the hats, how could we pass up this adorable multi-color, heart-laden beauty?!?!?!
The hat was knit using Cascade 220’s fingering weight yarn. This yarn is 100% wool which is easy to knit, and there are a wide range of colors. The most difficult part of the pattern process was trying to decide on colors for the actual hat! We went with a bright and colorful palette on a neutral background. We also chose to hold the yarn double since the pattern called for a dk weight and this put Jenny right on gauge. The price point on these skeins is very reasonable at five dollars per skein.
Our version of this hat is extremely warm, perfect for those days of shoveling mountains of snow. With the yarn held double, plus the floats inside from the colorwork, this hat will keep your head toasty warm.
At first touch, it seems like this yarn would be itchy to wear, but I haven’t had a problem with it while I have been wearing it. Those that are more sensitive might want to do a sensitivity test (I usually rub it on the inside of my wrist) to see if it will work for them. If you feel it might be too much, you could also knit this in Swans Island Ecowash merino wool, which would be super soft. Even though you could knit this out of anything, I love the natural breathable qualities of wool. Wool for the win!
This is the perfect project for those last days of winter or for those who like to plan ahead. Have you made this pattern or tried Cascade 220? Tell us all about it!