Now that the weather is getting colder I’ve been getting more into my knitting projects. Last year I made the Rose Red Hat by Ysolda Teague as a Christmas present for my sister. I had always intended on making another since it’s such a wonderful pattern. This week I finished my own version and when we went for a walk in St Anne’s park in Dublin I took the camera to get some photos.

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 The hat is knit from the centre out using the i-chord technique to start. The pattern then is very straight forward and is a good pattern if you’ve already done some lace work and cables but want to take things up a level. Since it’s a small project as well you can see your progress very quickly which is fun. A few months ago I went to a workshop with Ysolda Teague and was really impressed with her knowledge and commitment to the craft and to wool making. Her new book The Rhinebeck Sweater is a collection of patterns by Ysolda and friends to celebrate sheep and wool.

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I used yarn from my stash for the Rose Red Hat. It’s Malabrigo Rios in Plomo. It’s a gorgeous plummy grey colour that works brilliantly with my navy winter coat. I think I’m going to go and buy more of this yarn to make a matching scarf and maybe mittens as well!

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Have you guys started your winter knitting projects? I’d love to see what you’ve been making so let me know! Also thanks for all your lovely comments and well wishes on my engagement to Mike. We’re so excited about the future!

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  • http://gingermakes.wordpress.com/ Ginger

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I love it! I just cast on for the Brooklyn Tweed Bough hat, and it’s really a pretty pattern. After I finish that, I need to move on to some Christmas gifts– it’s coming up quickly! Any favorite gift patterns?

  • http://bennomusik.blogspot.com/ Kelly

    Beautiful hat! Right now I’ve been knitting nothing but baby hats and cat toys. I’m looking forward to making something pretty like this, though!

  • stephanie u.

    It’s beautiful! And so cool that you met Ysolda! I made that pattern once years ago for my SIL. This is a good reminder to make one for myself as well.

  • http://sewclassic.blogspot.com/ Kristin Jones

    Oh, wow, I just love your hat! The color and the cable work are so fun! I just finished a sweater and I’m working on a cardigan, though maybe I should switch to a hat…

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      I usually keep two projects on the go. One big one like a cardigan or sweater and then a small one like a hat or scarf or gloves. I find it keeps me motivated because if the big project is taking ages then at least I can see the end in sight with the smaller ones :)

  • www.tresbienensemble.com

    I LOVE your new coat. And, I completely agree that you should knit a coordinating scarf and mittens to go with your beautiful new hat!

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