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Knitting Pattern · Cloud Friends Hat

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Ahhh, Nothing gets you longing for Christmas, snow, chilly days and wintry walks like a cosy bobble hat. What’s even better than that is when they’re on everyone’s head, and that’s why I designed this chunky hat for both big and little kids! This adorable pattern is not only ideal for advanced beginners, but super quick to make – if you need a fast gift idea this is the one for you – and looks way more complicated that it actually is!

If you’re new to the world of knitting and are a bit bored of making endless scarves and potholders, this simple hat is perfect for expanding your skill set and exploring techniques such as Fair Isle knitting using a chart. I hope you enjoy working up this satisfying project and experimenting with colour to make your own Cloud Friends Hat!


Cloud Friends Hat

Level: Advanced Beginner

Sizing: Consult this guide for detailed sizing information.

Gauge: 8 stitches, 12 rows to 10cm/4″

You will need:

16″ 10.00mm & 9.00mm (US 14 & 15) circular needles, a stitch marker, scissors, a tapestry needle (ideally one with a collapsible eye), one and a half balls of Millamia Naturally Soft Super Chunky (100g in main colour, 50g in secondary colour), approx 20-50g of scrap chunky yarn for pom-pom (I used Katia Alaska in Off-White), XL pom-pom maker.

Skills:

Long-tail cast on, bind off, joining in the round using the gapless/invisible method, knit stitch, purl stitch, Fair Isle knitting using a chart, K2tog decrease, making a pom pom, seaming, weaving in ends.

Size: Child (4-6 years) Adult – Instructions for the adult size are given in italics and underlined.

Notes:

Worked from bottom to top, we’ll work a few rounds of 1×1 ribbing before continuing wuth a few rounds of stockinette (knitting every stitch) around. Then we shall work our Fair Isle design with colour two, start decreasing, seam and add our big pompom on top. When working Fair Isle, remember to keep your stitches fairly loose. It takes a while to perfect this technique, so if you’re new to it don’t worry if your stitches look less than even. Always remember to err on the side of loose tension, don’t pull too tightly, and use stitch markers to mark the beginning and ends of the chart on your work if it helps to keep tracks of where you are. Are you finding the adult sized hat a bit too snug? You can easily make the size bigger by adding 2+1 extra stitches when you cast on.

Chart (Four round, six stitch repeat):

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In this case, pink is my main colour and blue the secondary one. Your colours will be different depending on the shades you choose, so do bear this in mind.

Method:

Cast on 37 (43) stitches onto the 9.00mm/US 14 circular needle and join using the invisible join method (36) (42). Place marker and pull the tail end to tighten.

Knit 1, purl 1* to end for six rounds.

Change to 10.00/US 15 circular needles and work eight rounds in stockinette stitch (knit every stitch).

Now, pick up your secondary colour yarn and start working the colours according to the chart.

TIP! If it helps, from the beginning of the round place a stitch marker every 6th stitch so you can keep track of where you are.

After this, knit in stockinette until the piece measures 7.”/18cm for kids size or 8.25″/21cm for adults.

For the next round, k2tog every stitch.

Knit one round plain.

Bind off all stitches, seam together by weaving the yarn under each stitch and pulling tight. Weave in ends securely.

Make a pom-pom and attach it by sewing both ends through either end of the seamed part of the top of the hat. Thread the yarn upwards up and through the centre of the pom-pom, trimming these ends to match the length of the pom-pom.

You’re done! Don’t forget to tag your projects with #Cloudfriendshat (Yes, I know this hashtags looks a bit dodgy) on Instagram so I can check out your lovely work!


This free pattern is ©emmaknitty 2018. It must not be copied, reproduced or sold. Do not claim it as your own.

Yarn Reviews

Yarn Review: Millamia Naturally Soft Super Chunky

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YARN INFO: Weight: Super Chunky – Needle/Hook: 10.00mm (US 15) – Composition: 100% Merino Wool – Ball Weight: 100g (3.5oz) – Yarn Length: 50m (55yds) – Tension: 8 stitches, 12 rows to 10cm/4″ .

I don’t like summer, I’m just going to put that out there. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy longer evenings, having a glass of wine (or seven) in a beer garden with friends, all of that, but I really can’t stand the heat. Yes, I am aware that I’m in the minority here.

Luckily, we now live in a part of Spain where the temperatures rarely get higher than 25º in the summer months. We lived for four years in the hottest city in Spain – Córdoba – where temperatures exceeding 40° are the absolute norm, so it’s nice to be somewhere fresher now. A sunny Spanish city with 40° probably sounds nice in theory if you’re marching through sheets of rain at 7.30am on the way to work in Ipswich, but trust me when I say that working in it, being pregnant in it and putting one foot in front of the other in those kind of temperatures is not the same as lying on a beach. God, I really should write a seperate blog entry about all that one day…

Anyways, I’m digressing, because what I really want to do here is review some stunning yarn I was kindly sent to review a few months ago. On a little rummage around my stash the other day I came across these two balls of  MillaMia Naturally Soft Super Chunky, 100g of fine 100% merino wool. Even though it’s been tropical outside, I’ve been dying to knit something chunky out of wool, and these was the perfect choice of yarn to get started on some early winter knits. I always make a new hat every winter for Alex, and now she’s old enough to have her own colour preferences (pink, pink and even more bloody pink), the wonderful shade “Sugar Pink (413)” was ideal. I threw a curveball in and added some cute Fair Isle scallops by combining it with the second sample shade of “Katarina Blue (412)” to add interest. I have to admit that I don’t normally like combining pastels as they can make the project look a bit washed out, but these two look really good together.

To touch, this yarn is unbeatable. Powder soft, bouncy, full and with incredible stitch definition, it really is the ideal chunky winter wool. I’m impressed with their colour selection, too. If you’re like me and obsess over greys and modern brights, you won’t be disappointed. To boot, the 100g (50m) ball weight is generous and more than enough to create a kid’s hat or scarf, with a ball-and-a-half being all you need to work up an adult sized hat, pom-pom included.

However, here’s the crappy bit. I must tell you that I wasn’t best pleased to see a few knots in the ball, including a huuuuuge one right at the beginning of the ball of “Katarina Blue (412)“. If you’re spending €2 on a big ball of acrylic this is to be expected (although it’s yet to happen to me with the better acrylic brands), but if you’re paying into double-figures for a luxury yarn, it’s disappointing to say the least. Hmm. If I’d paid for this instead of it being a sample I’d have left a bad review.

Fancy a fabulous project to use with this yarn? Check out my pattern for the Cloud Friends Hat, a cute, quick and fun knit for kids age 4-6 years and adults.

The Positives:

  • Knits up quickly.
  • So soft! It’s incredible!
  • It would make a beautiful yarn gift for a fellow maker.
  • Pretty ball band.
  • Small but varied colour palette.

The Negatives:

  • There were a few knots. Not so good for the price. Bleh!
  • At over €11/£9 a ball, it’s pricey and would be quite expensive to make a larger item (cardie or jumper) using this wool if you’re watching your pennies.

You can check out other yarn reviews by following my “Yarn Reviews” tag.

Yarn Reviews

Yarn Review: Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky

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Pictured: Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky in Vintage Pink (955) & Daffodil Yellow (921).
YARN INFO: Weight: Super Chunky – Needle/Hook: 10.00mm (US 15) – Composition: 50% Acrylic/50% Wool, Ball Weight: 100g (3.5oz) – Yarn Length: 55m (60yds) – Tension: 9 sts, 12 rows to 10cm/4″.
ALSO AVAILABLE: Wool Mix Aran and Chunky.

I have to admit that I’m a bit late to the yarn party when it comes to chunky knits. I’m a DK/Aran kinda lass, generally because of the type of items I design, but now I’m starting to (almost accidentally) specialise in designing outerwear for kids I’m seeing that chunky is the way to go in most projects.

It’s also true that I’m yet to find the ‘perfect’ super chunky yarn (that said, an affordable wool or wool-mix that feels good and doesn’t leave my teeth vibrating) and that’s why I was so happy to receive some samples (kindly) from the lovely and generous folk over at LoveKnitting and Paintbox Yarns to try out!

FYI, There are some fierce chunky knitters on Instagram (check out the inspiring Tiam at Knitsafari and the so-cosy-it’s-ridic Hookedhazel) that seriously give you #chunkyfeels (should that be a hashtag or does it sound a bit dodgy?) and make you want to run to your LYS and buy all the chunky yarn even if it’s mid-Summer. And why not? I think us chunky knitting fans should seriously start a campaign for chunky-knit fashion to be a thing even if it’s 30º outside…

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So basically I’m a convert, and this yarn is why.

When I opened the lovely packaging (BIG love for LoveKnitting’s pink parcels and useful drawstring bags) my first thought was, ”PHWOAR!” and then, “AWW!” quickly followed by a “OMG, THEY SENT ME THREE BALLS!” and then a great deal of, “I’M STOPPING ALL MY WIPS AND CASTING THIS ON NOW!” much to my fella’s bemusement and semi-fear.

I’d been planning to design some children’s outwear for that tricky transition between Winter and Spring for a few months – that time where you don’t know what kind of coat the kids (or you) should wear – and those sunny playground days where they still need a warm but also light scarf or hat, so I must say that this yarn arrived at the perfect time.

It’s very soft to the touch, and has a cotton-like feel to it, almost as if it’s a wool/cotton blend, as well as being surprisingly light and fresh. That doesn’t mean that it’s not warm and cosy however; it’s clearly a great all-season yarn that can keep you snuggly in the snow or warm enough yet fresh in the Spring or even Summer. I really love that.

I’m having #chunkyfeels dreaming about using it for a chunky sweater or little skirt (sooo modern) at the moment, but currently I’ve cast on a ridiculously simple but pretty Seed Stitch cowl (which is why the third ball isn’t pictured) which really shows how versatile this yarn is. It’s so chunky that even a stitch as easy and simple as seed almost looks like a crocheted puff stitch or something far more intricate. I live.

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Another thing to mention is the simple overwhelming array of colours that are available. You can spend ages looking at the variety of brights, pastels and neons that they have on sale, as well as checking out the lighter Chunky variety and the slimmer Aran type that’s definitely next om my list to try out.

The generous size means that you can whip up an adult’s cowl using one hank, or possibly two child-sized ones.

All in all, a fabulous yarn with so many project options (check out my project ideas below for inspiration) that comes at an affordable price. Long live Paintbox Yarns!

PROJECT IDEAS:

Winter accessories, throws/blankets, poufs, baskets, modern kidswear (chunky sweaters, skirts, legwarmers), cushion covers.