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