When my sister asked for suggestions for hat patterns for her melon, she got tons of good suggestions. I suggested the Flore hat, and surprisingly she declined to take up my suggestion. I guess she wanted to go a more dignified route. Me, not so much. I not only made this hat, I dyed the wool (leftover blue faced leicester, no less) with the most dignified of Koolaid varieties.
Well after a week of desultory knitting, the koolaid fruity pebbles flower hat is born. Personally, I think this is one of the funniest hats I’ve ever made. It’s also warm and soft and smells very faintly of fruit. Yum. The pattern isn’t very difficult, just kind of fiddly in the joining up. After sewing and blocking, I thought it needed to be a bit smaller so I dunked it in water and threw it in the dryer for about 7 minutes. It became a tad smaller and the stitches less defined, which is what I wanted. I may repeat the process again after it’s fully dried.
You know, I’ve got enough yarn left over for another sister sized hat! Maybe I’ll use the leftovers for some funky fair isle? Hmmmm…the possibilities are endless.
Also, my hat is made from blue faced leicester purchased at Maryland Sheep and Wool from the sheep farmer. It is rather hard to find commercially, but is the softest yarn ever. For the enquiring minds who want to know if the hat is warm, it is indeed. Those petals are layered upon eachother so there are two layers on my head for the majority of this hat.**