My hat! I needed a new hat, which was a great excuse for a knitting project. And the PERFECT excuse to finally splurge and buy a skein of Madeline Tosh wool. I’ve been wanting some for ages, but it’s definitely out of my typical price range, especially for a multi-skein project. But a hat only takes one. I wound up choosing Hosta Blue in a chunky weight. And I fell in love with this pattern, even though I wasn’t sure the yarn and the pattern would work together. You’re supposed to use worsted (= smaller than chunky), but when I knitted a swatch, it actually came up smaller than the gauge listed (I think I got 20 stitches over 4″ on size 8 needles, vs the 18 stitches in the pattern). So I just shrugged my shoulders and decided to see what happened.
Luckily, it fits! It feels just right, actually. The pattern seems pretty flawless to me, although I’ll be happy if I never see another k-tbl (knit through the back loop) again. It’s what makes the columns of stitches inside the “medallions” stand out so well, but — ugh — it slowed me down. I’m no expert knitter (just good at following directions), so “tbl” required a bit too much attention. That said, I managed to knit all these lovely cables with no mistakes — or none that I didn’t immediately catch and fix — even with M and F wanting my attention every row, more or less. Whew!