FO Friday – Winter Hat

26 Jul

Since it is winter here in New Zealand I thought that I needed a hat to keep warm on the freezing cold mornings.  I have liked the Winter Trails hat by Alana Dakos (Never Not Knitting) for a long time but have been a bit afraid of all the cables.  I knew if I took it 1 stitch at a time I would be able to make it but I doubted it would look any good.  I just didn’t think my knitting skills were good enough.

I am really pleased with how it turned out.  I was quite worried that I would make such a mess of it that I would not wear it but I have worn it a lot.

Winter Trails Hat

The yarn is a 70% wool and 30% soybean protein blend from Panda Yarns. Don’t ask me what the soybean protein does because I have no idea (if anyone knows please leave a comment).  All I can say is that it is very warm but not too hot and very soft.

It too me about 10 days to knit it but I couldn’t do too many row each day because my hands really started to hurt.  But the pain was worth it!  I can’t recommend this pattern enough.


Posted by on July 26, 2013 in FO Friday, Knitting


14 responses to “FO Friday – Winter Hat

  1. Julie

    July 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I do like how your hat turned out. I am inviting you to share this with Show Your Stuff:

    • rastastitches

      July 27, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Thank you. I have just linked up with your blog. Thanks for the invite.

  2. Regula

    July 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    It’s a lovely pattern and a lovely yarn. Although I cannot imagine to wear a hat, it’s summer and hot. 😉

    • rastastitches

      July 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Thanks, I would much prefer it to be summer instead of removing the frost of the car in the morning!

  3. thesoaringsheep

    July 26, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    What a lovely hat 🙂 I remember putting off cables for ages but they’re not actually that hard. Same with lace knitting too actually!

    • rastastitches

      July 27, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Thanks, I have done cables before but nothing like this with something every round. Lace is the next thing I want to try but the problem is I am not a fan of wearing lace items so I haven’t started anything yet.

  4. Christina - a Babys Smile Knits

    July 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Beautiful hat, I am a big fan of Alana and was going to knit one of her patterns for my own winter hat. Your cables turned out great!!

    • rastastitches

      July 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Thank you. Her patterns are wonderful aren’t they, any of her hat patterns would make a great winter hat

  5. kathleen

    July 27, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Great job on the cables. I think they mix soybean fiber (and other fibers) in with wool to bring the cost down:) Soybeans are cheaper than fleeces, and a lot easier to harvest:) I’ve also seen yarn made of milk protein–probably for vegetarians, but not vegans:)

    • rastastitches

      July 27, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Ahh that would explain it. I can’t complain about the addition of the soybean in this blend because it is holding up better than some more expensive yarn I used for a scarf!

  6. Verónica

    July 27, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Love it! I may have to knit one.

    • rastastitches

      July 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Yes, do make one for yourself. I doubt you will regret once you are finished, it really is a very comfortable hat to wear. AND an easy pattern to follow, I used the chart in the pattern and used colouring pencils to colour in each stitch so it would be easier to follow. It was the first time I have used a chart and still managed to get it done!

  7. Amy Clark

    July 28, 2013 at 1:29 am

    A beautiful hat. You’ve hit on one of the things that I love about fiber crafts the most you only need to worry about one stitch at a time, sometimes the big picture is overwhelming but if you can such keep working one stitch at a time you will finish the project and it will be lovely just like your hat.

    • rastastitches

      July 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you. I find with many things that if you take one step (or stitch) at a time you will get there in the end.


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