Sunday, 10 April 2016

Fair Isle Hat

I had a bit of a distraction this week (but then again, don't I have a distraction every week!)  I should have been knitting up my socks, cardigan and shawl, but couldn't resist joining in with a knit along for a hat on the Yarnder Wonder Podcast.

In the KAL, the hat could be any pattern, so I decided to use up some of my Jamieson & Smith stash and make a Fair Isle hat - as you know, I love my Fair Isle knitting.

Here's my completed hat, which took about four days to knit up.


I didn't use a published pattern but instead followed some notes I made a few years ago when knitting a similar hat.

I just love the way the colours have worked out.  It was so enjoyable to knit, more than anything else I love the process of Fair Isle knitting.  Very tempting to cast on for a another one!


 

So that's another stash busting project.  This one used up 58g and I shall be linking this with Linda's Crafty Corner Stash Busting Party.

Now I really need to get back to all the other half-finished projects I have lying around - no more distractions.  The Masters Golf is on this weekend, tonight is the last round, so I'm getting plenty of knitting time whilst watching.  Sky Sports was made for knitters.  The IPL in cricket has also started this weekend, very tempting to sit and watch cricket matches every afternoon, but that might be taking things too far.  Whatever!  I'm enjoying my sports and crafts and so very thankful for the time to do so.

So let's get moving and see those projects fly off the needles.

24 comments:

  1. It's an amazing hat Janet, the colours are lovely together, I love the look of fair isle but don't have the patience to make a project. Thank you for linking the new party is now up and running. :) xx

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    1. Thanks Linda. I'll complete the link up now.

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  2. oh wow...that's got to be one of your nicest makes. Love the colours too.

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    1. Thank you Caz. I love the colours so much, I can't believe how great it all looks.

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  3. I love that style of hat. You are so clever just knitting from your own notes. I made one a long time ago, when I was a teenager, and wish I still had the pattern.

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    1. Thanks Ginny. I wear the original hat I made all the time, even though I've made other styles since. I'm glad I kept my notes. I'll be keeping them safe for future reference.

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  4. I don't think I have ever seen anything so beautiful. What a great make, I LOVE the colours and the stunning pattern, a great delight.

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    1. Thank you Lorraine, for such generous praise.

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  5. Janet that hat is spectacular! I am in awe of your knitting skills, that would take me a year and I am not sure I could even knit it in that time.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thank you Meredith. I think Fair Isle knitting always looks impressive because of the colour combinations, but it isn't as complicated as it looks. I'm sure you would find it quick to knit.

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  6. I always enjoy reading your blog, but today I enjoyed it evenmore. What a fantastic hat you have made! I just can't believe this is stashbusting! It looks like you must have been looking for a long time to buy just those colours, a perfect match.
    I hope you are willing to share your notes with us, so we can knit lovely hats like this one too!
    Love, Anja

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    1. Thank you Anja. I have a lot of different colours in my stash, far too many, but it makes it easier to pick out a good colour palette for a project. I have put this pattern on my list of ones I want to share with everyone. The only problem is, it will be quite tricky to write it out and draw up the charts. Nevertheless, I will work on it and hopefully share it soon.

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  7. Hello, I love your crochet, it is beauty, I love this colors, I follow your blog, I have a blog about crochet with free patterns and free crochet diagrams, visit me , hugs from Brazil.
    Visite meu blog - Tita Carré - Crochet

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    1. Hello Roberta, thank you for your comment. I will pop over and visit your blog

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  8. It's a very pretty hat I love it!! I adore Jamieson & Smith yarn fabulous quality for the price. It really is a fabulous hat xx

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    1. Thank you Jo. J&S wool is one of my favourites for Fair Isle and it is so reasonably priced.

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  9. Fabulous hat!!! Hope that you enjoy wearing it! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy, I'm wearing it every morning for my walks. It'll have to warm up quite a bit yet before I shed the hat and gloves.

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  10. What a beauty! I bet it looks cute on and will be a pretty accent to any outfit. I'm doubly impressed that you made it with your own notes and not a published pattern. Wow!

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    1. Thank you Lynne. I'm so very grateful for your kind words.

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  11. Congratulations Janet your hat was one of the most clicked links at the last stash party. :) xx

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    1. Thanks Linda. Always enjoyable to join in your parties.

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