Today I’ve got a sneak peek of designer Lee Meredith of Leethal Knits’s contribution to the upcoming Holla Knits Accessories Collection! I’m so excited to have Lee as part of this collection. We met this summer at The National Needlearts Association trade show, and I clearly succeeded in giving Lee the hard sell on Holla Knits because she is now a part of the family! And I know you are just going to LOVE her design. Take a look!
I’m so excited to be designing for Holla Knits for the first time – a hat in this beautiful bright blue wool by Jill Draper Makes Stuff. I knew I had to work with Jill as soon as I learned about her, since my blog’s name is “do stuff!” – hooray for making and doing stuff! The yarn I’m using is Hudson worsted weight, which is made from sheep to skein in the US, and dyed blue with lovely little specks of yellowish green throughout, love it!
So, I like to play with construction in my designs, and this hat is no exception – it’s built in 3 sections, which are all knit completely seamlessly, in one piece with no picked up stitches or sewing at all. It’s worked, beginning to end, in 3 different directions (sort of), the first 2 parts knit flat, then the third part in the round. It uses increases, decreases, and short rows to connect the modular parts as it’s knit.
That might sound scary, but it’s actually easy and fun to make! One thing I love about this hat, after I’ve made over 4 of them already, for my trial+error design process, working out all the kinks and whatnot, is that the first section is most of the hat, so once that’s finished and you’re ready to move on, the second and third sections just fly by in no time at all and your hat is done!
And one more thing I am really excited about with this design is that I decided to make it in two versions – while starting the design, it was working out well in garter stitch, which is how I was designing it at first, but then I had a brainstorm about a differently sized version in stockinette stitch, tested that idea out, and it worked great as well! So, two hats, one pattern. Those who like the clean classiness of stockinette can knit that one, those who like the textural scrappiness of garter stitch can choose that, and those knitters who are like me and love all the stitches can make one of each! I love them both and I can’t wait to show you the full designs in the fall!