Rayne crocheted this fascinating coral bonnet as a gift for a very lucky friend. She didn’t have a pattern, but was inspired by projects on Pinterest. So, she free-handed the design, adding loops and swirls of colour to look like coral.
Rayne used three skeins of Sandnes Garn Double Sunday (in colour Almond) for the base, and two of Estelle Worsted (in Merlot) for the coral swirls.
We love the creativity of this project, and we know that it will be wonderfully soft and warm.
Fun project, Rayne!
Janice made this striking version of ‘Oliver’s Hat’ for our BC Garn Bio Shetland promotion. The pattern is Oliver’s Hat, by Sandra Manson, and the yarn, of course, is Bio Shetland. It’s a lovely pattern that suits the yarn very well. Janice’s colourwork is beautiful, and the finished hat is delightful.
Janice describes Bio Shetland as ‘a light toothy yarn which makes it perfect for colour work. It is lovely to knit with and the longer yardage comes in handy. Once blocked the yarn felts beautifully showing off the knitted design.’ She particularly loves the way the crown worked up.
She also warns that the pattern is on the small side and recommends that knitters check for gauge etc to get their size.
Posting date: 27 October 2021
This free Purl Soho pattern for an earflap hat, designed by Jake Canton, demonstrates the versatility of the BC Garn Bio Shetland yarn. Just hold two strands of the yarn together to substitute for a worsted weight yarn.
This particular hat was knitted by Mairi, using substantial leftovers from her Tobermory Tam project. One skein would be plenty for even the largest size of hat. Mairi had a bit less than that, so added a second colour at the tip. You could also work the hat in blocks or stripes to use up odds and ends of different colours. And, of course, a contrasting colour for the optional tassles adds a bit of drama.
The pattern is written for sizes from baby up to adult large. Mairi made the largest size hat, and warns that it is very large indeed. The yarn is also very soft and stretchy, with lots of room for big hair with a loose fit. A smaller size would work for most people.
Posting date: 24 October 2021
The Tobermory Tam pattern was designed by Mairi McKissock especially for our Bio Shetland promotion. The pattern is exclusive to Creative Yarns until the end of the promotion, and it is available for free with the purchase of yarn for the project. The sample hats will be in the store this week for you to look at in detail.
A Scottish tam, like the French beret, is a style of hat with a flat top and extra width at the sides, so it can be styled in different ways. It is particularly easy to wear, and suits most face shapes. If you think you don’t look good in hats, try a tam!
Posting date: 12 October 2021
This welted hat pattern belongs in the Fun category! Fun to knit, and fun to wear. It is the Full of Minis hat pattern by designer Barbara Nalewko. You can make it with just about any fingering weight yarn, but we’re suggesting it for use with the BC Garn Bio Shetland currently on promotion. The welts combine beautifully with the woolen-spun characteristics of the yarn. multiplying the warmth factor. Most knitted hats are less effective in windy conditions, but the extra layers of fabric in the welts make this hat warm even in windier weather.
The welts in this hat are quite easy to make, because the colour changes for every welt. So, it’s easy to see which stitches to pick up on the welt rows. You could make it with just two colours, alternating colours on every welt. Or, you could make it with dozens of colours, using up scraps from your stash. Either way, it will be an eye-catcher and a conversation piece.