Handspun Lifted

I finished another knit hat with handspun this weekend. This time I used a skein of yarn that started as a bump of super wash merino from Pigeon Roof Studios, who is no longer dyeing. I’m so sad I didn’t discover her sooner; I love how her bumps have turned out when I spun them. This color way is called Melons and Oceans and I love how the yarn turned out.

I fractal spun this bump into a 3-ply, so divided it length-wise into 3 parts. I spun the first length as is, but further divided the other two pieces in roughly 3 and 9 additional lengths. I don’t have a picture of the finished skein, but do have a picture of it as a yarn cake on top of the hat pattern.

I chose Woolly Wormhead’s Lifted hat. She ran a thank you promotion for a free pattern to all her followers on Instagram. Everything I’ve heard about her patterns is true and I will be buying more.

The hat has a unique and clever construction, with a brim that splits at the back. The main body has a beautiful stitch pattern that shows off the variegation of my handspun. The instructions in the pattern are easy to understand and comprehensive; the cast-on method is explained in more detail than is needed for the pattern, but were I a new knitter I would be glad for this extra information making the cast-on really two cast-on methods (provisional and crocheted cast on).

I still need to block the hat; after I finished it yesterday I spent the rest of the day wearing it while starting a new shawlette, also using handspun. And I have 3 other hats to wash and block; maybe some evening this week I’ll get to it, along with my long-neglected Coastline Scarf, which has been languishing in an almost-finished state for a year.

4 thoughts on “Handspun Lifted

    1. I feel the same way about the color transformation from roving to yarn. Part of the reason I’m posting roving-to-FO pictures is so I get better at predicting & controlling how the colors in a handspun turn out. And the pattern is really great for showing off variegation!

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    1. I’ve been meaning to use it for so long and am glad I’m finally getting to it! I just wish I had been better about labeling the finished skeins; lesson learned!

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