I intended to knit a hat for each of my girls this winter. I cast on in February and knit the easy ombré slouch hat by Paul S. Neary in Northern Bee Studio’s Soft DK. I used the colorway orchid (shown above) and an off-white called clouded vision. It was my first attempt at stranded knitting, and I was so pleased with how it turned out.
Sadly, this hat suffered an early death when it got caught in somebody’s sleeve and I ran it through the washing machine. After that I didn’t have the heart to try colorwork again for many months.
Now that we’re all stuck at home for the foreseeable future, I have a little more time than usual to try something challenging. I cast on the Winter Storm Hat by Gabrielle Vézina. The hat has a k1, p1 rib at the brim and then a repeating snowflake pattern that decreases down to eight stitches. It was a fun knit, and I love the finished result. I’m not that great at stranded knitting on dpns. But with a little extra coffee and some choice swear words, I was able to finish up the top.
For this hat I also used two colorways of the Northern Bee Studios Soft DK: orchid (above), and clouded vision.
This was my first time using Northern Bee Studio yarn, and I was really impressed. Soft DK is 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon. The yarn is super soft (hence the name) and springy. I love the beautiful colorways. My girls are always looking for bright saturated pinks and purples, but Soft DK also comes in moody blues and greens that are more my style. Northern Bee Studio is based out of Rib Lake Wisconsin, and all of their yarns are hand-dyed. I would definitely use this yarn again, as long as I can keep it out of the washing machine! What is your go-to yarn? I’d love to hear about it.