Today, I’m very happy to present to you a brand new pattern that I recently had the opportunity to test-knit! It was my first test-knit ever, and I was very nervous about knitting fast enough and providing the right kind of feedback to the designer. I also felt kind of important about the whole thing: I, I would be helping making sure other knitters had no problems or confusions when knitting the pattern… Hehe, talk about ego! :)

But enough about me. Meet Kirkstone, by the young designer Lily Kate France.

It’s a quick little hat in DK weight with a very cool cable pattern that makes me think of geometry. It’s as if the cables are bumping into each other and bouncing away, forming triangles due to the laws of physics.

While knitting, you only ever have to hold one stitch on a cable needle, which means that this is the ideal project to get the hang of needle-free cabling. As for the shape of the hat, I dare say Lily has hit perfection: the back of the hat lies wonderfully flat, without the pointiness that sometimes results from decreasing, and there is a nice amount of slouch, yet with a brim that does not slip off the head easily.

The pattern is easy to follow and constantly interesting. And with such a cute result! If you’re intrigued, hop on over to Ravelry, where it is now available. :)