Pom-poms. Loop stitch. If you grew up in the 70s or 80s I’m probably pushing all of your acrylic pram-suit nightmare memory buttons now.
But wait! Breathe deeply! Imagine all that fabulous, cosy, mid-wintery texture in a soft and haloed natural fibre. Imagine a bonnet that’s like the vintage gem you cross your fingers you’ll discover every time you rummage through a second-hand shop or a box retrieved from the attic. Once you’ve mastered the loop stitch technique, construction is fairly straight forward and before long you’ll be turning your attention to the all-important styling. One direction is to go for full-on crazy lady, hipster geek chic. Clash neon with tweed, tea dresses with hi-tops, think Boho and let the pom-poms swing free. The other option is to channel your inner Bond-Girl ski bunny. Clean lines, roll necked skinny sweater, block colours and perfectly flicked eyeliner. Tie beneath the chin with giant sunglasses a la après-ski in the Alps, even if you’re really at your local coffee shop.
Finished Size One, to fit average adult woman’s head.
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish DK, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 123yds/50gs: Lava Heather, 3 skeins.
Yarn: Artesano Alpaca DK, 100% Superfine Alpaca; 109yds/50gs: SFN10 Cream, 3 skeins.
Needles: Size 6 (4 mm) straights and set of double pointed needles (dpns). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle, scrap card for making pom-poms
Gauge 21 stitches and 28 rows = 4” in St st.
The Designer: My supremely patient Grandma taught my friend and I to knit when we were about eight years old, but by the time I was in my teens my interest in producing wobbly, randomly-holed acrylic scarves had waned. Then about
ten years ago someone called me on my claim that I could easily make them one of the ‘handknit’ style hats they’d seen in a certain chain store. When I discovered the world of gorgeous natural fibres and modern patterns that are out there now, I became a hopeless knit-addict. I started getting designs published last year, when what I thought would be a one-off commission led to more. Most of my work so far has been accessories and housewares, where you can usually spot the influence of the vintage and retro styles I love. I blog about my knitting life at audreysteashop.co.uk and can be reached for enquiries about the pattern at firstname.lastname@example.org.