I know, I know… hat-wearing days are almost zero now that it’s warming up, but I wanted to squeeze this post in because I really want to gush about this pattern. I picked up Jane Richmond’s book Island, at Knit City and so far I’ve knit two patterns out of 5 in the book! That’s saying a lot! I love Jane’s pattern writing style and her designs are 100% wearable. They don’t just get stashed in my shelf of handknits never to see the light of day again.
This hat was a great project to knit and I love how it turned out. When I first looked at the pattern I saw all of those purl bumps and almost didn’t want to begin even though I had my yarn wound and ready. Like most knitters, I’m no exception in the knit stitch loving camp. Purl stitch… meh! Then I skimmed through the pattern and get this, you knit this hat inside out which means no miles of purl bumps. Just knit, knit, knit round and around, oh yeah, with the panel of decorative stitches to pretty things up! Then you turn it inside out and voila, you’ve got a fabulous Renfrew! I was all over this baby and I knit this hat in a day. Me, the world’s slowest knitter, knit this hat in ONE day!!!
The yarn I used for it was the perfect choice – SweetGeorgia Worsted – the same yarn I used for my hat design, Courtenay. The next pattern I’ve got lined up from this book is the Grace cardigan for which I will be using SweetGeorgia yarn again, Tough Love Sock this time. I’ve got a couple other things on the needles that need to be finished first, cough Business Casual cough 😉