Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Finished Object: Winter Forest

Pattern: Winter Forest
Yarns:  Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted
Colours: Antler and Mandala
Needle: 3.75 and 4.5mm Round Needle
Start of project: November 19th , 2015
End of project: November 23th, 2015

On Ravelry

And another quickie: A hat for my mother-in-law. When I last saw her, she asked for a knitted hat out of the blue. The only thing she told me was that she wouldn't mind fairisle and blue. Which leaves about a trillion possiblities ;-) I looked around on ravelry to find a nice pattern until I stumbled across this hat pattern (Fair Isle Hat #6209). I liked the different parts of pattern and the effect of the gradient yarn.

I knew I didn't want to use a gradient yarn but a very variegated one instead. With Mandala I found a colourway that combines a lot of the colours my mother-in-law likes. I also knew that I didn't want to knit this flat (who does that and why???) but of course in the round. As the pashmina worsted is slightly thinner than the aran yarn of the pattern I decided to start with 100 stitches and go up to 108 after the rim. Like that I was able to do 6 repeats of the pattern. I had to improvise a bit in the middle part because my hat still seemed very short and then again when I got to the trees, it was too early to decrease. For the crown I tried to knit a star, which worked out ok, but next time I need to start sooner in order to get a bigger star.

All in all I think it looks cute and I hope it will fit Hanni. Otherwise Antonia will have to keep it for herself ;-)


  1. Oh!! So beautiful and kudos to you for modifying it to knit in the round. I agree that it is quiet strange to knit the hat flat... Beautiful colors and Antonia looks so lovely in it!

    1. It's a very basic hat with fair isle, so it wasn't hard to knit at all. Just a pleasure to see the pattern grow.

  2. What a lovely hat! It's the perfect pattern for using a variegated yarn.

    1. I think it would have been too boring with just two colours. There are so many different shades in the Mandala, I love that yarn.