New Cast-On: Baa-ble Hat

Sometimes I just need a quick knit to remind me how nice it is to finish something. I have had the Baa-ble Hat on my list of things to knit for a while now. Donna Smith designed the Baa-ble Hat as the pattern for Shetland Wool Week 2015. It is knit in aran weight yarn and features the most adorable sheep in stranded colorwork:

© Donna Smith

The pattern is for an adult-sized hat, but it provides the link to instructions on how to modify the hat to make it smaller. I am knitting the larger of two child sizes in the hopes that it will fit one of my girls. I am using Jamieson’s Shetland Heather in the colorways Mantilla (the pink), Duck Egg (blue), and Mirrydancers (black), and Ivory (white).

It has been a while since I attempted any colorwork. I forgot how addictive following a chart can be. Also, this hat is knit in aran weight which is a big difference from the sport weight or fingering that I have been using as of late. It has only been a couple of days, and I am already just about at the crown decreases:

Look at those cute little sheep! I made such an effort to keep my floats loose, that I think I ended up knitting the whole thing at a looser gauge than I normally would. I don’t know for sure, because I didn’t do a gauge swatch – whoops! If it turns out to be too big, maybe I can wear it. We will just have to wait and see.

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