Felted hat and knitted neck warmer, something for me
I haven’t picked up a pair of knitting needles in30 years, but I was prompted to try making something for myself, that I truly wanted by a challenge on the Craft Pimp forum.
It took me quite a while to get my head around making something just for me, then I remembered that I wanted a pair of felted slippers, but more about those in another post. Then I found a knitted hat and scarf pattern using Drops Eskimo yarn. I ordered the wool from Woolwarehouse and it arrived the next day.
I was eager to get started, and once I remembered how to cast on it all came flooding back to me. I’d chose this pattern as I knew it would grow quickly , and it wasn’t long before the first ball was knitted up.
About 3 hours later I had a finished hat.
It took a little over the two balls suggested by the pattern. I should have known something was up, it was too large, more ‘Eddie Grant’ than I’d expected.
I panicked for a moment when it came out the washing machine, it looked so small, but it was quite soft and malliable so the next task was to shape it , I had made a felted beret 30 years ago and this was the part of the process I remembered.
I decided to knit a neck warmer instead of a scarf. Both were knitted using the same stitch so you can see what felting has done to the fabric. I have some wool left so I’m going to make some fingerless gloves, and there’s the felted slippers to come. Oh, I’m going to make a fibula pin to wear in my hat to give it a bit of my own individual style. I love it!