First up was Dockside, a hat with some cabling and double seed stitch making a very warm slouchy hat. My daughter loved it. I knit this in some Madelinetosh 80/10/10 MCN, a merino, cashmere, nylon blend, a favourite of mine.
|Dockside in Madelinetosh 80/10/10 in Sand Dune|
The second pattern was a pattern called York a lovely cabled hat that I knit with some Malabrigo Merino Worsted, a 100% merino yarn. This was the first time I knit with this yarn and I have to say I was impressed. This is a beautiful yarn, incredibly soft and warm and available in so many beautiful colours. I will definitely be knitting with it again in the future. I really think it is the perfect hat yarn.
|York in Malabrigo Worsted in Jade|
The third pattern I knit was the Bedford Cowl, a beautiful cabled cowl using 600 yards (550 m) of yarn which created a substantial cowl for those very cold days. For this project I used Manos del Uruguay Maxima, a 100% Merino yarn in a beautiful shade of turquoise. This was also the first time I have used this yarn and I have to say I was disappointed. As I knit my hands were constantly turning blue and when I went to block it the dye that came out in the water was incredible. The final colour once the cowl was dry was considerably less vibrant.
|Bedford Cowl in Manos del Uruguay Maxima|