I lost my favorite hat while in Lincoln. I think I left it in the Chapter House of the Cathedral, so maybe it will be there as a relic, years from now. I set out to make a warm, stranded-color-work-in-worsted-weight-yarn replacement. I used some Swans Island worsted in natural gray, and some Malabrigo Rios that I had from an unhappy hat that had been ripped out and rolled back into a ball.
As long as I was doing that, I figured I may as well make a pattern that would be a nice intro to stranded colorwork for some students who want to dip a toe in the watery wastes between Fair Isle and Norway. I named the hat Pine Point, after the park where I ride.
In keeping with the hat’s Norwegian roots, I found the perfect setting for the money shot:
This version of Pine Point was made in two colors of Liberty Wool, a solid and a self-striping color. It is really fun to watch the color changes. The students in question are on their second versions of the hat, so I think it is easy enough. The biggest compliment was from a more experienced color knitter, who liked it because “I can actually talk to someone while I’m knitting it!”