Simple can be amazing

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So September is well and truly here, we’ve said a fond farewell to the summer and we are about to say hello to autumn – one of my most favourite seasons.

OK, so it’s getting colder, that I don’t like so much…and maybe it’s the kids going back to school and the start of a new year, or it’s the amazing autumn colours that give walks that extra glow…but autumn always brings a welcome change.

The Stray, Harrogate
Almost autumnal walks, The Stray, Harrogate

That first week back is always a little daunting, none of us know quite where we are, we all need each other a little more and for me there is some comfort in that – we are all in the same boat: if we have kids we want want them to be happy at school, back at work we dream of new ventures, new projects….we try our very best to be successful and to do the right thing.

With this in mind and with every will in the world, I have been trying to focus on one thing at a time.  In my life and with my sense of direction, let me tell you this is no easy task. I keep telling myself: “Keep it simple!!!!”

So, with the dawn of autumn and the need for a little cosy warmth on those blustery school runs, this is exactly why I wanted to share a striking yet simple bobble hat pattern with you all. If you are new to knitting, this is the perfect first project because it’s easy to follow as it’s knitted mostly in garter stitch with just some simple decreasing. It’s also quick to make due to the super chunky and sublimely soft wool it uses and believe me when I say this, it is so comfy cosy, you won’t want to take it off – even indoors.  For this pattern I have used an autumnal mustard yellow to suit the season.

What you need:

1 x 100 grams of Wendy with Wool – super chunky yarn (80% acrylic, 20% wool) (A)

End of ball of any wool in a contrasting colour (B) – I used a dark grey to contrast the mustard yellow

9mm knitting needles

10mm knitting needles

Yarn sewing needle

A pompom maker to make approx 11.5cm pompom

Abbreviations:

sk2po: slip one stitch, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over knitted one – this decreases the number of stitches.

 

For the hat:

Using 9mm needles, cast on 54 sts in A

Row 1: [K1, P1] to end

Rep row 1, 3 times more.

Change to 10mm needles.

Knit 24 rows.

Row 29: K3, [sk2po, k6] 5 times, sk2po, k3. (42 sts)

Row 30: Knit.

Row 31: K2, [sk2po, k4] 5 times, sk2po, k2. (30 sts)

Row 32: [K2tog] to end. (15 sts)

Row 33: [K2tog] 3 times, k3, [k2tog] 3 times. (9sts)

Break the yarn, thread through the remaining stitches, and pull securely.

To make up:

Sew the seam using flat stitch. Lay the two edges together with the right side facing you. Using you yarn sewing needle, pick up the very outermost strand of knitting from one side and then the other. Work your way along the seam, pulling your yarn up firmly every couple of stitches.

To make the pompom, wind yarn B around your pompom maker and once ready tie the same colour yarn round the pompom centre. Trim the pompom and use the tails of yarn to sew it to the top of the hat. Weave in all loose ends.

So, are you excited yet to wear your new creation?!? You really should be – you made it, so wear it with pride! And if you simply like the idea of this autumnal look and are embracing the new season, I would happily make one up for you because everyone needs a mid-week treat.


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