Have you noticed yet that I tend to make hats in threes? I don’t plan it, but it just seems to happen somehow! Among my total of 29 projects, there are three hat patterns that I have knit three times each: Cabled Beret, Pajunkissa and Rose Red. I think it’s mostly a combination of wanting to knit the pattern again if I really enjoyed the process of knitting and people asking if I’d make them the same hat that they’ve seen among my finished projects. I personally also like seeing how different the same pattern can look if it’s done in a different yarn. For example, I’ve made the Cabled Beret in a thin fingering yarn and in a bulky handspun one – they look like completely different hats!
Today I’d like to show you my second version of Rose Red. The first one, which I showed you yesterday, was knit in Alpaca yarn, this one in a wool blend of relatively similar weight. Actually, when I picked up this yarn, I had planned to make something completely different out of it, but it seemed to have a will of its own – it chose both its pattern and its recepient… That’s never happened to me before so spontaneously, but I enjoyed it – it just felt right (and it still does).
If you want to knit the same hat several times, this pattern is perfect – almost no two rounds are the same, so you never get bored! It means you have to pay a bit more attention, but once you start understanding how the pattern works, it begins to come naturally.
Another great thing about it is that it includes both written and charted directions, so you can use whichever method you prefer. Not only that, but you can also use it as a learning tool for following charts. Before I knit this hat, I dreaded charts. But having both written and charted directions encouraged me to try working off the chart – I knew that, if something went wrong or something wasn’t clear, I could always refer back to the written instructions.
Also, I love that this hat can be worn in two different styles. As a beret:
And as a cloche:
Despite my dangerous expression in this photo (don’t ask me why, I have no idea!), I prefer to wear it this way.
By the way, this was my last photoshoot where someone else was taking the photos… It’s so much more fun! But it does really require that the person likes you enough to not go mad with your constant “Oh and take one like this… And now like this… Oh and try from this angle… Now can we try a few over there…”
That day we shot the batch of hats I made during the summer… I was a on a knitting craze! All these were made in less than a month!
Only one stayed with me, though… All the rest were given away! Actually, I started thinking the other day and realized it’s been a while since I’ve made something for myself… We’ll have to change that soon! ;)