Here we are in the middle of January.....time is getting away from me again !
you must have seen these 'messy bun hats' doing the rounds on the internet. I already sold 2 & i don't even have the pattern down on paper, Lucky for me, my customer is willing to wait so i thought it would be perfect timing to knit these over January & February.
I really like the look of the crochet hat above(not my image) i found it on Google !
The stitch & texture looks gorgeous. I don't do crochet so I will try to find a similar knit stitch pattern from my stitch bible & include the pattern here.
The yarn-pure Shetland wool is all Natural Emsket & Black. $7.00 Canadian per 50 gram skein from: www.absoluteshetland.websiteanimal.com
I think 2 skeins will do it for each hat as the top of the hat has very little decrease shaping.
I'm planning on knitting it with 2 yarns together so the hat is thick n warm.
My customer chose these colours, i would liked to have knit it in a natural white to really show the texture. I will take a picture of the finished hat in natural light so you can see as much stitch detail as possible so you can knit your own Shetland Messy Bun hat.
The Messy Bun Pattern:
As you can see I'm starting with the Emsket wool. Sorry about the picture quality the Ipad is fogging up due to the cold weather !
To knit the Messy Bun you will need the following:
2 Skeins of Shetland wool with 170 yards each,
1 stitch marker,
1 set on 4.00mm dpn's or circular needle,
1 set of 4.5 mm's or a circular needle,
Wool needle to sew in ends.
Begin with ribbed edge:With 4.00mm & 2 strands of Shetland wool yarn cast on 92sts. Join to work in the rnd, place a stitch marker to mark the start of the rnd & proceed to knit the ribbed edge. Work K2, P2 for 10 rnds.
Change to 4.5 mm's & Knit following pattern until work measures 6.5'' TO 7'' inches from cast on edge.
Rnd's 1 & 2: k2, P2 all sts.
Rnd's 3 & 4: P2, k2 all sts.
Repeat these 4 rnds.....that simple !
On rnd1 of pattern, make double Dec's by(k2tog twice),(p2tog twice)You have decreased the number of sts by 50% down to 46 sts.
Next RND-work row 2 of pattern. K2, p2 etc
RND 3: make Double Dec's as before but (p2tog twice),(K2tog twice)
RND 4: work rnd 4 of pattern.Next cast off all remaining sts, sew in yarn tail
The opening across the top measures 3'' inches across when laid flat.
The knitting tension on this hat is: 18 sts = 4'' inch X 28 rows =4''inches.
|2 Messy Buns Complete !|
When you knit these hats from real wool you can see all the stitch details & the texture is amazing.
No need to block wool, simply wash lay flat to dry & give it a light press.
TO ENTER: simply tell me what colour you would like to knit your messy bun
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|Musket - 'Cables & lace' Shetland shawl.....another Shetland project I'm working on for a later blog post.|
I may even add some pure Musk ox - Qiviut to this shawl to make it just that little more special watch this space !