While waiting for the spring weather to get back on track I've been embracing the change of seasons by knitting a couple of light-weight hats. My quest for a - I dare not say perfect but - more functional, wearable and easily mix-and-matched wardrobe has made me take a whole new approach to my knitting. Previously I only had one (my Hutchin) light hat suitable for transitional seasons, like late spring or early autumn, and everything else is thick and woolen and way too warm.
This year I've been trying to concentrate on the so called "wardrobe basics" and staple knits, to really focus on what I need to have in a functional wardrobe rather than what I find just fun to knit or quirky. I've already finished my first "essential" piece: my Exeter cardigan and casted on for another similar one but in a lighter shade of grey.
The first hat is a dark grey lace hat with striped inside which makes it reversible and very multifunctional, not to mention a bit warmer than a mere sport-weight lace hat would be. I really like this pattern by La Maison Rililie, it's something I will definitely knit again. The only modifications I made were that I didn’t do the tubular co but did a long-tail co instead using the main color and that did one extra repeat of charts B+A and then the chart B only once to get the same row count as opposed to 3 times chart B as instructed.
I made the smallest size since I was using sport weight yarn instead of light fingering. I was aiming for the medium sized hat, and I think it turned out to be just the right size. It was nice to have a break from all the garter stitch I've been knitting lately and knit some lace instead! The desire to knit lace is also a sign of spring for me: after all the bulky yarns, chunky knits and cables that I love during the winter time, I think spring and summer is all about lighter textures and airy fabrics!
The second hat is a lovely red beanie by Joji Locatelli. I'm not sure if a bright red cap is the first thing that comes in mind when you think of wardrobe basics and things that one absolutely must own, but if you consider it for a while you might come to the same conclusion as me: a red beanie with a classic design such as this never goes out of fashion. It might never be THE accessory to have but I'd be as bold as to claim that it's never unfashionable either.
Pattern: Mrs. Jekyll & Little Hyde by La Maison Rililie
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino #20 dark grey
and Drops Alpaca #100 off-white
Needles: 2.5mm and 3.0mm
Pattern: Petites Bulles by Joji Locatelli
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino #16 red