Project – Cliona Beret

Pattern: Cliona
Designer: Marie Wallin
Publication: Fazed Tweed Collection

Yarn: Rowan Fazed Tweed
Shade: Holly (007)
Fazed Tweed Holly 007

Ravelry: Cliona

Cliona FrontCliona SideCliona BackCliona Detail

I received 2 balls of Fazed Tweed from Rowan for review, in this gorgeous Holly shade. Lots of people have commented that it’s just my colour, which it absolutely is! As I already mentioned in my recent review of Fazed Tweed, this yarn has a fascinating construction which gives it a unique appearance and an interesting texture. When I first had a chance to play with this yarn, I was really surprised at how it knits up, as it looked nothing like I expected it to from what the yarn looks like in a ball. I really can’t recommend this yarn enough, I think it’s a real winner for this autumn/winter.

So, the project! I was really chuffed to find a pattern in the Fazed Tweed collection that only required 2 balls, but initially not too enthusiastic that it was a hat. You see I only started driving a car about 3 years ago, before that I walked or caught the bus everywhere which meant that in the winter I needed lots of warm accessories because I feel the cold very sharply. Hats, scarves, gloves and plenty of them! But since I’ve started driving most places, I don’t need quite so many accessories. Especially not hats because they are a bit unnecessary when you drive and could even impede your vision which would not be good. However, I’ve changed my stance on hats in recent months because my partner and I are in the process of buying a house in a village out into the south Nottinghamshire countryside. Once we’ve moved I plan to do more walking, whether it’s to the leisure centre, the shops or longer walks out into the countryside. Walking = hats. Hurrah!

This pattern is super easy and, due to the chunky weight of the yarn, it knits up in absolutely no time. It’s worked in the round, with a large ribbed cuff, double moss stitch for the body and then reduce down evenly at the top and tie off. I finished it in less than a fortnight of intermittent knitting. The yarn is lovely to work with. My only slight issue was that on occasion the tip of my needle would get caught up in the outer fuzz of the yarn. I suspect that this happened more for me than it would for most knitters because, due to my really loose knitting tension, I had to go down to 5mm needles instead of the recommended 6mm. I think with a fatter needle like the 6mm, it wouldn’t be so much of a problem.

Now I just can’t wait for winter in the country when I’ll have an excuse to wear this wonderfully snug hat!

Unfazed By Tweed

One of my favourite new yarns for this autumn/winter season is Rowan’s Fazed Tweed.

Fazed Tweed

Everything about this yarn screams autumn, which is my favourite time of year to knit for. The yarn is a wool and alpaca blend with an unusual construction of a central fuzzy tube surrounded by a netting which gives the tube some definition. You can really understand the yarn better if you deconstruct a piece of it, which Cindi did in her blog last month:

Fazed Tweed Deconstructed

The construction also means that the yarn is lightweight whilst still being really warm, so it’s great for those autumn days before the hard cold of winter sets in.

This delightful new yarn is available in 10 delicious shades:

001 Maple002 Larch003 Sycamore004 Yew006 Bay007 Holly008 Elm009 Oak010 Ebony011 Elderberry

The Fazed Tweed Collection which accompanies this yarn is absolutely stunning. Here are a few of my highlights…

Naomh

Naomh

Being quite a fuzzy yarn, I wouldn’t have expected it to provide good stitch definition. How wrong was I! Look at those gorgeous cables.

Seana

Seana

With the colder weather drawing in now, who can resist a snuggly cardigan like this?

Keara

Keara

I love the cables on this snood, another great example of the texture and definition that you can achieve with this yarn.

Orla & Mona

Orla Mona

I’ve featured these two patterns together because they are my favourites and for the same reason – absolute simplicity and beautiful lines. This yarn is able to hold a really fantastic line which gives designs such as these an unmistakably classic appeal. There’s nothing special or flashy about Orla, for example, if I tried to explain it to someone who hadn’t seen it then I don’t really know how I’d explain its appeal, but I just adore it. And every time I show either of those pictures to any of my knitter friends they all go “Ooo!”, which is the best review you can get in my opinion!

Watch this space for a post coming soon on a small project I’ve done from this collection.

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