our first pattern of 2012 covers lots of bases—it’s sized to fit every family member, its appeal is seemingly universal, it’s a good traveling project, and it’s just the right kind of knitting to cuddle up with in on long winter movie nights. you might even say it’s a home run.
AND it’s endorsed by david; need i say more?
the cap is lusciously slouchy when knit up in a soft light worsted yarn. here we used a variegated yarn with a tweedy look, but it would be super elegant in a solid color.
it’s versatile too—the brim is completely reversible to turn back on those windy days when you need another layer over the ears. or, if you prefer a thicker hat knit from a stout bouncy yarn, you can knit with smaller needles or go down a size for a watch cap with turned-back styling.
the mitts have a sculpted thumb gusset for a great fit and are textured all over to match the brim of the cap. just enough to keep things interesting, but not so much that it scares off the guys.
they are entirely interchangeable—no left or right orientation to confuse the little ones. and, well, i think most of us find that handy when we grab accessories on the go.
all in all, a great mid-winter knit to fill in the gaps where christmas knitting did not suffice. you can be done in a flash, before the real cold even hits.
shown above, the largest adult cap and the second-largest mitts in shalimar honey worsted, a soft, superfine merino 4-ply that is machine washable (i was stunned; it doesn’t feel like superwash).
many thanks to kristi and paul at shalimar yarns for introducing me to this lovely worsted wool—it’s one of the nicest i’ve knit with lately (they always surprise me!) and of course their yarns are right at the top of david’s list of favorites.
kudos our good friend barb, who took the pattern home last wednesday night and emailed friday to say she had finished a set in the largest child’s size—and then thanked ME for it. that woman deserves some yarn . . .
thanks also to dear lara, who has had WAY too much fun giggling over the name of this pattern and sending me new variations on the theme, haha—she also took the pattern and a skein of shalimar honey worsted in black truffle and turned it into an FO overnight; how can i ever thank her? she says she’ll post her new cap and mitts in the black truffle colorway later today on the shalimar blog.
and finally, thank you david for being a good sport and pulling off a great look for us. you’re no slouch—you know how to work that slöfock just right.