Thursday, October 29, 2009


GEMS Shetland Wool Hat

So what's a gal to do when it's hot and steamy outside and on the boat? Knit a Shetland wool hat of course! I've been playing around with charting traditional patterns and my own designs in Excel for some years now. That's one of the things I do for fun when we don't have internet access.

Once I got the layout charted, I spread my stash of Jamieson & Smith's 2-ply jumper weight wool from Shetland, Scotland out on my berth and played with colors. The final hat has 11 different shades of wool and a lot of color changes. So much fun! I wrote up the pattern in 2 sizes which was easy to do because the motif is 20-stitches wide - about 2" of fabric. The medium size has 7 repeats and the large size has 8 repeats of the motif. So, looking down at the top of the hat you can see 7 points on the star so you know that I knit the medium size. The large size will have 8 points.

Okay - back to finishing up my UFO's. This hat was a happy break from my current self-discipline about finishing up hibernating knitting projects. Today, I actually worked on TWO of these neglected projects so I'm back on track. Gotta go knit before the sun disappears...

Great job!

I noticed, though, that you didn't model it in the heat...heh!
Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary at sea!
Beautiful, really!
I love this hat!!!!!! Absolutely beautiful pattern.
Really beautiful Terry!
I love this hat!!! Is this going to be one of the patterns available to HMG members?
Terry, you'll have to let us know when the voting begins, so we can vote for the hat. Renate
As always, the knitted "eye candy" is delicious! Beautiful hat!
Oh my I LOVE LOVE the hat..... wow, what a great job Terry. Now that is what you love is color work. Great job!!
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