Organic lamb pie With Flaky Puff pastry......yummy !
Do you know that one of the traits of Shetland lamb is that the meat is sweet & mild tasting. We eat Shetland lamb about 5 times week now as we just do not trust any commercial meat what with all the additives, GMO's, Preservatives & SEX hormones that are injected into livestock to make them grow quickly. I like to call it CLEAN Living. I will talk more about this in a future post & will be adding some of my family's favourite recipes for Lamb to the Canadian Shetland sheep breeders face book page. This is a closed group, send them a request to join !
While baking Vegetable lamb pie waiting for the family to arrive for the weekend, I wanted to design a chunkier hat with cables & came up with this one. This can be knit over a weekend. I'm planning on knitting several to have them ready for the winter time when family stop over for country weekend breaks(city folk Love the peace & quiet of rural life) Someone always forgets to dress for the cold.
You will need: 150 grams of yarn with about 500 yards. I used 3 strands of our 3ply light worsted weight 100% Organic Shetland wool.
5mm circular needle-40cm,
1 set of D.P.N's size 5mm
8 stitch markers- 1 contrast.
PomPom maker 3'' inch size(medium)
The design- has a 2.5'' inch turn up so its really cosy around the ears, easy ram horned cabled pattern throughout, top shaping & a lovely PomPom to finish !
knit throughout with 3 strands of yarn held together.
cast on 88 sts, join to work in the rnd & place a marker to mark the beg of rnd.
Ribbed cuff: k2, p2 for 26 rnds or until work measures 5''inches long from cast on edge.
Pattern Set up - work pattern A, pm(place marker), work row 1 of pattern B pm-continue around working A & B until your back to your first stitch marker. Pattern A is worked over 6 sts & the cabled horn pattern is worked over 16 sts.
1: p2, k1, p2, k1.
2: as rnd 1.
3: purl all sts.
4: as rnd 3.
Pattern B-cabled horns.
1: k4, C4B, C4F, k4.
2: knit all sts.
3: k2, C4B, k4, C4F, k2.
4: as rnd 2.
5: C4B, k8, C4F.
6: as rnd 2
Rep these 6 rounds until work measures 8.5'' inches long from cast on edge.
Decrease for top shaping:
dec's are made over the pattern rows A while keeping the cabled pattern correct !
1: p2tog, p4, rep over all sts of pattern A.
3: p2tog, k1, p2.
4: p1, k1, p2.
5: p2, p2tog.
7: p2tog, k1.
8: p1, k1.
On round 9 k2tog on All rem sts.
10: break yarn leaving a long tail, pull through rem sts to gather & sew end inside hat-LEAVE THE TAIL INSIDE THE HAT-you will tie this end together with the tail of the pompom so your PomPom with stay put !
Turn up the brim half way, gently press with a damp cloth & allow to dry then add your Pompom.
I used a plastic pompom maker. Got these in a 5 pack with different sizes from Ebay. They open up so you can wrap quickly(remember the old style pompom makers that were a fixed circle & having to pull yarns through the hole....what a waste of time) I used a size 3''inch
The trick to getting a Full & even pompom is to wrap as evenly as possible having equal amounts of yarn spread over the two chambers & see the hole that should be quite full & barely visible if you want a Full fluffy Pompom !
C4B=put next 2 sts onto cable needle. hold at back, knit next 2 sts from left hand needle, then knit the 2 sts from cable needle.
C4F=same as above only hold the 2 sts at front of work
pm=place a marker
I know a lot of people may not eat lamb or meat for that matter......I'm not prejudice to non-meat eaters. If you do not eat meat then simply say so.
To enter this giveaway tell me if you have ever tried Shetland lamb, did you like it or not.
Did you find that the taste is very subtle compared to regular domestic lamb ?
One winner drawn at random will receive 3 skeins of yarn to knit the Ram Horns hat.
runs from June 11th TO June 30th 2016.