In June, I joined the Fringe Association's newest hat-a-long which featured the Hermaness Worsted pattern by Gudrun Johnston. If you're not a knitter, this sentence probably makes no sense whatsoever! A knit-a-long is when a bunch of people knit the same pattern at the time, usually using some sort of hash tag, website, or discussion board as a "host" so that everyone can see each other's progress and offer help or encouragement. This would mean that a hat-a-long is just a knit-a-long featuring a hat pattern!
Karen Templer, author & knitter extraordinaire of the Fringe Association, started this series of hat knit-a-longs earlier this year and I've always wanted to join in! June's pattern was actually a new version of a hat included in The Shetland Trader Volume 2 by Gudrun Johnston. She rewrote the pattern for worsted weight yarn and generously offered it for free to the hat-a-long knitters. It's beautifully textured hat with a simple lace pattern that looks impressive but is actually very simple to knit.
Pattern: Hermaness Worsted by Gudrun Johnston
Size: one size
I bought 2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter to swatch for a sweater project and I ended up not using this skein of Hayloft. I've been drooling over this golden flecked color of Shelter ever since I first discovered Brooklyn Tweed and I knew I had to use this skein for something special. When the June hat-a-long was announced, I knew my skein of Hayloft would be perfect!
I didn't even swatch (gasp!) before casting this baby on. It only took me about a week and a half to finish which for me is super fast (I'm a very slow knitter, or at least it feels like it!). Right off the needles the hat fit perfectly, but after a short soak, it relaxed with a little more slouch that I usually like in my hats. To fix this, I just put it in the dryer for a short cycle and what do you know, it came out the perfect size. I can't wait to wear this little gem come fall!