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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 responses to “Handspun Lifted”

  1. It’s so amazing to me what the color looks like before you spin it and after. Totally different! And that pattern is gorgeous. It definitely shows off the yarn.

    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!

  2. So lovely to see you knitting with handspun–doubly special, methinks!

    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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