I kind of fell out of love with knitting when I learnt how to crochet earlier this year; the speed and ease of 3D sculpting with crochet lured me away and stole me like a mistress. I still maintain that crochet is better for things like toys but I really don’t think it’s as beautiful as knitting for garments. I recently picked up my knitting needles (and put down the crochet hook) for the first time in months and learnt that I really don’t like lace knitting (what an expensive discovery) but I was determined to teach myself something new that I would enjoy – enter cabling!
I’m off to Truck Festival in a couple of weeks and wanted a hat to take and cover up my camping-style hair. Perfect excuse to put my cable needle to use! I knew exactly what I wanted and it turns out so did Sian Mace who designed this Cabled Slouch Beanie.
I absolutely love it. It took just over a week of undedicated evening knitting and despite being inexperience in cabling, I found it really easy, but without being boring. Plus I love knitting in the round (I also learnt how to use a magic loop for this) – no purling, no seaming! Yes! The hat is really versatile too – fashionable enough to wear all year around but cosy enough to be a decent winter hat too I think.
Sorry for the gratuitous selfies, but I wanted to demonstrate both ways this can be worn – long and slouchy or with a turned up rim to make it more fitted. I like both ways and can’t decide which I prefer!
I’ve just finally cast on a jumper using the yarn I bought at Yarndale last year – hooray! I also just packaged up my friend Nikki’s craft swap gifts so as soon as she has them, there’ll be a post on the contents. (Little secret: it contains one of my favourite things I have made!)