I often knit hats and beanies, but I almost always give them away. I knitted this one for me, making it the only hand-made hat I own.
I randomly picked up a knitting book from the library, Classic Elite Quick Knits. One pattern in the book leapt out at me as something I wanted to make: ‘Laurel’ by Jared Flood. I really am a sucker for cables. I do love them so! The book is out of print, but the pattern is available as a Ravelry download.
I am really happy with my hat. I have not yet bothered to block it, but the pattern definition might look better if I did. It will be blocked the first time I wash it. Promise!
I went to the shop looking for red yarn but found a deep pink instead. I bought two skeins of Rhichard Devrieze worsted weight (10 ply)superwash in a colour called ‘rose petals’.
I probably could have made the hat with one skein, I think, if I had not used a yarn-hungry tubular cast-on or I had knitted the ribbing just a little shorter, because I only needed the second skein for the last two or three rows of the hat.
So, I had almost a full skein of gorgeous yarn left over. At first, I thought I might make a second hat with the remaining skein. I had even chosen a pattern. Then, I remembered that Calico & Ivy had two more skeins in stock. Maybe I could call them, check that the skeins were still there and make myself a coordinating scarf.
The problem now is that I cannot choose between two patterns. Do I make a sensible but versatile ‘Pavement’ scarf, also designed by Jared Flood, or do I make a feminine ‘Hawthorne’ shawl, designed by Susanna?
Each has its advantages:
- The ‘Pavement’ scarf can be knitted until I run out of yarn, leaving almost no waste. It is a smart everyday scarf, and it seems to be reversible.
- The ‘Hawthorne’ is a bit fancier and looks fun to knit. I have never knitted a curved shawl or scarf, and I like to try new things. The edging has a design that reflects elements of the bobble trios in the hat.
I am going to be a bit cheeky and share photos of the two lovely designs so even people without a Ravelry account can understand my dilemma.
I think I have enough yarn for either. Which would you choose?