I am pleased to be able to release my latest pattern, Morganite, a design that has been a long and meticulous time in the making.
Named for a complex but robust gemstone, Morganite is the perfect hat project for combining a number of simple knitting skills into a stitch pattern that delivers more than the sum of its parts.
Though the cabling, smocked stitches and colourwork are each relatively simple elements in themselves, working them together results in a stitch pattern that looks more challenging than it truly is. Pleasing crown shaping is designed to look like the converging facets of a cut jewel, and the hat is topped off with an optional pompom.
Knitting instructions are given in both written and charted forms with descriptions for each of the cable stitches used as well as full details on the smocking stitches. The pattern includes written and illustrated instructions and templates for creating two sizes of pompom (larger pompom shown on white & grey hat, and smaller pompom shown on grey & pink hat) as well as full schematics.
The two shades of yarn chosen for the hat will determine the look of the finished project. Subtly contrasting yarns play with the texture of the garter stitch fill in the colourwork diamonds to emphasise the areas of differing shade, whereas stronger contrasting yarns draw a more immediate attention to the colourwork aspect. Knit in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, each size hat requires 2 skeins of the chosen MC and one skein of CC, which provides enough yarn for both the hat and a pompom in either the main or contrast shade. The model hats above show the grey and pink hat with a MC pompom and the cream and grey hat with a CC pompom. The hat may, of course, be left without a pompom if the detail of the crown decreases is desired left uncovered.
This hat has a cushiony, comfortable warmth due to the colourwork, cables, and the soft texture of the garter stitch. It’s the perfect quick and interesting project to launch the cold weather knitting for warmth.
To view Morganite on Ravelry, please visit the Ravelry page for the Morganite hat.