I'm working on a hat pattern at the moment. I started it over Christmas when I was 'confined to barracks' because of all the snow that we had. It was the ideal opportunity to pick up my needles and some yarn from the stash and just knit.
When I finished the piece though, I was so shocked by how good it looked that I decided I needed to be able to produce it again. This is proving more difficult than I thought it would. The combination of the stitch pattern, the sizing and those decreases for the crown, have led me now to prototype #3.
This could be the moment where boredom gets the better of me and I pick up my "Monkey" socks instead! The thing is, the hat looks so bloomin' good when it's finished. I'm determined to master the pattern writing issues simply because the hat deserves to see the light of day.
My first sample was made in Heirloom Merino Magic, a lovely 100% Australian wool. For the second though I switched to RY Cashsoft, a blend of 57% extra fine merino, 33% microfibre and 10% cashmere. It felt a little strange to knit with at first, but now that I've got used to it, it's great. The stitch definition is amazing and perfect for this particular hat.
So I'm on to sample #3 and at this rate I'll have made a major contribution to my Christmas gift knitting! Guess what they'll all be getting?!