It’s always odd to work on knits for the coming season; a hat and scarf in summer? It’s funny to focus on something that doesn’t quite fit into the present. However, one must to get everything together and ready before the correct season has past! This sweet hat and scarf has a little story; they were inspired by the fact that whenever I travel back to England to see family and friends I always manage to forget something, and it often happens to be about the cold, wet and grey winter days….and a trusty scarf to keep out of blowing winds. Luckily there is a good supply of wooly winter ware at my parents’ house, and digging through it I always go for a scarf of my mother’s that features a simple one stitch color pattern and delicate picot hem. Last winter I wore this scarf to my old local town one day, and I stopped by the new local yarn store (oh how I wished it had been there when I lived there!), and happily discovered a healthy ‘British Wool’ section! In it was this gorgeous Bluefaced Leicester yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners*, in an array of natural fleece colours. Always a sucker for local fibers I snaffled up plenty and stored them away. Upon my return to American soil I realised how the buttery soft longwool fibers lend themselves naturally to a chunkier, longer version of my mothers scarf, and how perfectly fitting too.
I worked up a hat to match, fully lined for extra warmth (pom-pom optional to allow for reversibility, see pic below), and available in three different sizes. The outer and inner hats are worked separately and the stitches picked up through both at the cast on edge, to work the ribbing top-down. In Aran weight, both the hat and scarf are a speedy knit, and the simple colourwork is infectious! I can’t figure out which I love more, the hat or the scarf – good job I don’t have to choose!
So here is the Starlight Scarf and Hat, the first in hopefully an ever-growing collection of patterns focusing on British Wool.
*West Yorkshire Spinners ship internationally! Find the natural BFL here.
Yarn : For both Scarf and Hat; 4 skeins (MC), and 2 skeins (CC) West Yorkshire Spinners 100% Bluefaced Leicester Aran ; 100% Wool; 182yd/166m, 100g; photographed in Natural Brown 003 (MC) and Natural Ecru 001 (CC).
Or, 660yd/604m (MC) and 273yd/250m (CC) (includes pompom) in Aran weight yarn.
Needles : US 8 [5mm] needles, or size needed to obtain gauge, 16” circular, set of DPNs. US 6 [4mm] needles, or size needed to obtain gauge, 16” circular.
Gauge : 19 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10cm in St st.
Notions : Stitch markers, tapestry needle, pom-pom maker (optional).
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