I am in love. Sooo in love. Sometimes when you knit something you manage to get the pattern and yarn combo just right. I think that I managed it with this project. I teamed the gorgeous Madelinetosh Vintage yarn in Baltic with the stunning Snapdragon Tam pattern by the ever clever Ysolda. And, snap! A winning combination.
This is no easy knit. In fact I might go so far as to say it’s a pattern for at least an intermediate or experienced knitter. Nothing is difficult, just that it’s an intense knit, with travelling stitches, cables and increases and decreasing happening in practically every row once the ribbing is done. The result is a densely knit hat that will be cosy and warm. The work shows too – you can see lots happening in this hat and I think it looks like an impressive knit. It is a well balanced, well designed pattern.
Like the previous beret pattern I knit by Ysolda, this is an incredibly well written pattern. It is an easy to follow pattern. There is a choice between written and charted instructions. I used the written instructions, and it was simple to follow. It is the kind of pattern that is logical and you can see instantly if you have gone wrong and spot the mistake and it’s fix immediately. Add to that the fact that it is beautifully presented and you get a huge recommendation from me. I bought the pattern as part of the book Whimsical Little Knits 2, which is available in both hard copy and as an e-book. Mine is an electronic copy, and I love several more of the patterns. There is a pair of mittens to match this hat, although I don’t intend knitting them – I’m more of a fingerless gloves kinda girl.
I used just over one skein of yarn to knit this. I knit the middle size in the pattern, and it is too big – so I should really have knit the smaller size. I threaded some shirring elastic through the ribbing and it has made the fit perfect. But it was a good reminder that I should remember to measure rather than guess in the future!
So, what more can I say than if you grab yourself this pattern then you’ve got the perfect excuse buy this stunning yarn. 🙂