Cozy Up with the Ushki Knitted Hat Kit

Inna Voltchkova's Ushki Hat. Ushki is the Russian word for "ears". Photo by Joe Coca.

Winter is almost upon us, and like many other knitters out there, I’m frantically working to finish the sweater, two hats, lace shawlette, and what seems like a million other projects before Colorado turns freezing cold and I start reaching for my cozy handknit treasures. November is the perfect time to tuck into the many unfinished objects leisurely started in the warmth of summer and to knit quick accessories that will be ready in time for the cold. It couldn’t be better timing for the Needlework Traditions Shop to release its new exclusive kit!

The kit features Inna Voltchkova’s Ushki Hat, published in the November/December 2011 issue of PieceWork. It’s extremely stylish, with subtly curving earflaps and an intriguing twisted stitch pattern that just begs to be knitted in something luxurious. The pattern originally calls for a rustic wool yarn, but with this kit you’ll receive two skeins of Universal Yarn’s Eden, a beautifully heathered wool and silk blend.

Ann Budd's Boot Socks. Photo by Joe Coca.
Evelyn Clark's adaptations of the Hilda, Ltd. Iceland beret made with Icelandic wool. Photo by Joe Coca.

The kit also includes a digital copy of the November/December issue of PieceWork, which is about all things woolen and filled with quick projects that would make perfect gifts. Knit your own beret inspired by the traditional Icelandic motifs on hats sold by Hilda Ltd. Iceland in Reykjavik in the latter part of the 20th century or work a pair of handsome textured socks designed by Ann Budd in pure Manx Loaghtan yarn. Those are just two of the nine inspired projects you’ll find in this issue.

Give the gift of knitting with the Ushki Knitted Hat Kit—whether you’re giving it to yourself or the knitters on your list, it doesn’t matter!