Something about gray and wintry days makes me appreciate bright, primary colors so much more. This is why so many of my winter hats and scarves are vividly colored–it just cheers me up to wear them! The true red color of this Rowan Big Wool definitely does the trick in this regard. The color reminds me of spotting a bright red cardinal in the middle of a gray winter yard. Allison paired her red cap with a green tee and her favorite yellow cardigan–a beautifully cheery ensemble for chilly days.
If you’re interested in learning to make your own, she’ll be offering this hat as a class on Saturday, January 8th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The class costs $32 and includes the pattern and 2 balls of Encore Mega*.
As for needles, you’ll need a set of size 11 and a set of size 13. You can use either a 16″ circular in both sizes OR double pointed needles in both sizes, but you won’t need both (some hats require you to move to dpns during the crown decreases; this hat doesn’t). If you’re interested in obtaining the pattern, it will be available on the blog and at the store after the class is held in January.
I’d like to thank Allison for sharing her original designs! She’s awesome at devising her own hats and fingerless gloves, and very kind to share them with all of us. Look out for a fingerless glove class in January as well!
*Note: If you’d rather use Rowan Big Wool for the class, the cost difference in yarn comes out to $6, bumping the class up to $38. Both yarns come in an array of bright and lovely colors for you to knit with!