The Perfect Springtime Hat (and it’s free!)
|The Poppy beanie from Louisa Harding's book
Knitting in the Details
In January and February, I decided to work hard on finishing my works-in-progress, and I succeeded in finishing three projects: my Caftan Pullover from the Knitting Daily fall knit-along, my Seaweed Cardigan from the Knitting Daily winter knit-along (finished on time, for once!), and my Ms. Marigold vest that's been on the needles for about three months. What a sense of accomplishment I feel after finishing these three projects.
Now all I have to do is finish one pair of socks, a pair of fingerless mitts, and my Bountiful Bohus sweater. I've got to finish the sweater ASAP because because it's knit from 100 percent wool and soon (good Lord willin'!) it'll be too warm to knit with wool. I've almost got the body of the sweater done, so I'm on my way.
With all of this finishing mojo going strong, I want to get a few gifts done and in the gift closet.
To me, this means accessories. I have a couple of friends' birthdays coming up, and they're both girly-girls.
Louisa Harding's new book Knitting in the Details is full of feminine, girly accessory patterns inspired by her love of collecting "all things that sparkle or glisten." I can relate, Louisa! I'm forever collecting ribbon, buttons, beads, and all sorts of other doo-dads.
Louisa has inspired me to actually use items from my collection—what a novel idea!
Enter the Poppy hat (pictured above left). It's an explosion of romantic femininity, with its picot hem, ribbon trim, and knitted and beaded flowers.
It's perfect for my girly-girls!
|The Poppy beanie, large rosette version. I blogged about this rosette in December and you loved it! Both versions of the Poppy beanie are included in the free pattern.
I love the yarn this hat is knit from, too. It's Louisa Harding Thistle, a 60-40 merino/alpaca blend, and it's so amazingly soft. One of my friends has a sweater knit with Thistle and it's all I can do not to stroke her arm when she's wearing it! Awkward.
This pattern has a couple of variations, too. There's the version above and also a version with just one large rosette, shown at right. I think I'll do one of each version for my friends. Or maybe I'll make on of the other projects in Knitting in the Details!
The projects in Louisa's book are perfect for springtime knitting. Most of the designs are simple; the beauty is in the special embellishments, like the bud on a springtime flower. Perfect for nourishing that finishing mojo!