Winter is here! We are gearing up for a storm in the Northeast tomorrow, so I thought this would be a perfect time to share a quick, easy pattern from The Fibre Company. This is their Foxfield Hat knitted with their Cumbria Worsted yarn in the Castlerigg colorway, which is a beautiful grayish purple. This yarn is 60% Merino, 30% Masham wool, and 10% Mohair in a generous 238 yard skein. The yarn was “inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys” and the color range speaks perfectly to that interpretation. The colors are subtle and muted, but in a very earthy and slightly rustic way.
The yarn is a pleasure to knit with. I currently have two projects on my needles, one with Cumbria (a Christmas present that I am frantically trying to finish) and a Lopi (the rough Icelandic wool) sweater. Whenever I go back to the Cumbria, it is like wrapping up in a warm and soothing blanket. Blocking this yarn makes the fabric even softer than what you would imagine from the yarn’s fiber recipe and rustic look.
The pattern comes with two different stitch options for two different hats. We chose the smaller stitch pattern, for a softer (and quicker) finished project. I am dying to make the bobble version (now that I have conquered the bobble in one of my current projects–I will share after the gift-giving takes place). I think this hat would also be great with a pom pom added to the top. There was plenty of leftover yarn to be able to do that, but instead we decided to knit up a matching pair of mitts (to be blogged about soon!). So cozy!!
I think this is my new favorite winter yarn. After I am finished with my current WIP, I am hoping to put a sweater in Cumbria in my queue. If you are searching for a rustic looking, yet softer feeling worsted weight yarn, you should give this a try. Make a hat (or two!) to try it out and then I am sure that you will fall in love as well!
All Photos by Ashley Shea Photography