Hot Off the Needles: Jess’ Beanie

I love the feeling of finishing a project. Even though I’ve seen it in a basically finished form for a while; once it is off the needles it’s like it has been unveiled. Last weekend I finished this beanie (yes, that’s me in the picture…) and I was so pleased to have finished it that I kept it on my head for about 11 hours straight!

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The pattern – ‘Intuitive’ by Julia Zahle is a free download on Ravelry. I chose to knit it in our Morris Empire 8 ply in Putty (#832) because it’s 100% Australian superfine merino wool and I love the feel. No scratchiness to be found!

Now for the artistic shot!

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It’s fairly slouchy, but if you want to you can turn up the ribbing. I made it a little shorter than the pattern says because I’m fairly small and I didn’t want too much slouch. I’m pretty happy with how it has turned out!

I hadn’t knitted in a variegated yarn before and I think it works pretty well with this pattern, but I also wouldn’t mind giving it a go in a solid colour. Here are some that I’m considering:

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These are also Morris Empire (I used two balls). The colours are:

The cream: #801 Chalk

The pale blue: #807 Freshwater

The dark green/blue: #820 Rainstorm

The pale olive: #818 Blackheath

It really goes with any colour – if you look at the pattern page on Ravelry, you can see more colours that Julia and others have knitted it in.

So how about you? Did you get much knitting or crocheting done over the long weekend? Did you finish a project? We always love to see what you’ve been working on – share a picture with us on our Facebook page!

-Jess

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