I'm so excited to announce my new pattern, Mizzlin, is now available from my online store and my Ravelry store!
Mizzlin is a Lancashire word meaning that fine, drizzling rain that clings to everything and, for some reason, always seems much wetter than other rain! Does that make sense? Probably not. It is also referred to as Billinge Rain where I come from but I have no idea why so let's not think about it....
Anyway, as I was saying, the name of this hat has roots from those murky, grey days in the North West of England, and I wanted to design a hat that brightens everything up and keeps that wet rain from your head! A contrasting cast on leads to a deep, twisted rib brim that fits snugly over your ears. Tiny acid yellow leaves cover the body, leading to simple decreasing at the crown and a gathered top, finished proudly with a bright, glowing pom pom!
The yarn is the amazing Tamar Lustre 4ply by Blacker Yarns and it is so beautiful! It is spun from the fleeces of fine British rare breeds, including Teeswater, Wensleydale and Leicester Longwool. It's soft and wooly and the colours just shine! I used Gwindra and Tiddy Brook and am already thinking of more things I can knit with this wool!
When I was designing this hat I really wanted to create a pattern that would be the perfect project for beginners of stranded knitting. Using more than one colour to create patterns and images in your knitting is so satisfying when you master it, but getting there can be a frustrating and disappointing endeavour. So to accompany the pattern I decided to add a section to share some insight into how I approach stranded knitting. I am by no means an expert, and the way I work may not be ideal for you, but I thought it would at least help beginners get started. I share tips on choosing the best yarn to start with, info on getting enough colour contrast so the pattern stands out, holding your yarn, getting your tension right and how to swatch in the round. I've included lots of images to go with the information, in particular I wanted to show how the wrong side of my work looks when I work as I think this can really help newbies understand tension.
Once everything was written up I was pretty happy with how everything was sounding, but at the end of the day I already know what I mean, and as you've probably already realised I'm not the worlds best writer! So, I decided to do a little video to show me knitting with two colours. This is my first ever video so please excuse that it's not quite as polished as I would have liked! If it proves helpful I'll will do more and work on improving them!
So there's my little knitting demo! Hopefully this makes some of the information in the pattern much clearer. See, for example, how I keep the grey strand above and the yellow below to keep my yarn from tangling? That was one of the tips I found difficult to describe so I hope that helps! If anyone has any questions at all about the pattern or the advice in the pattern then please don't hesitate to get i touch, either in the comments or by emailing me directly!
Have a lovely day!!