On Friday we visited the lovely Knockando woolmill. Right before I left the studio I realised something — I hadn’t tried the yarn yet. What if it was awful and I had to be polite? I grabbed a skein and some needles and tucked them in my backpack. I didn’t actually cast on that night because homebaked muffins suddenly seemed of fundamental importance to all train journeys. But after coffee and a muffin on the train I was ready to cast on a simple hat, perfect for gazing at the scenery.
By the time Bex and I met my aunt in Inverness she could tell it was a hat. By the time we pulled up at the mill, and the rain stopped with perfect timing, I’d started decreasing.
Soup and an excellent cheese scone at the mill’s cafe and I was able to snap these photos before we left. Maybe you need a cosy hat too (I know it’s almost June, but I saw ducks swimming in a car park puddle on Sunday). My current uniform seems to be bare legs and woolly hat. And the yarn is lovely, with a great balance of crunchy and soft. Which is just as well, because I’m not sure I’m very good at faking politeness.
1 skein of Knockando Aran
US 6 / 4mm 16″ / 40cm circular
US 7 / 4.5mm 16″ / 40cm circular
US 7 / 4.5mm needles for preferred method of working small circumferences in the round.
10 stitch markers
Size Medium, to fit heads 20-22″ in circumference*
Gauge 18 sts and 24 rnds = 4″ / 10 cm in st st using larger needle
Rnd 1: k10, p1, (k19, p1) 4 times, k9.
Rnd 2: k9, p3, (k17, p3) 4 times, k8.
Rnd 3: k8, p5, (k15, p5) 4 times, k7.
Rnd 4: k7, p7, (k13, p7) 4 times, k6.
Rnd 5: k6, p9, (k11, p9) 4 times, k5.
Rnd 6: k5, p11, (k9, p11) 4 times, k4.
Rnd 7: k4, p13, (k7, p13) 4 times, k3.
Rnd 8: k3, p15, (k5, p15) 4 times, k2.
Rnd 9: k2, p17, (k3, p17) 4 times, k1.
Rnd 10: k1, p19, (k1, p19) 4 times.
Rnd 11: p10, k1, (p19, k1) 4 times, p9.
Rnd 12: p9, k3, (p17, k3) 4 times, p8.
Rnd 13: p8, k5, (p15, k5) 4 times, p7.
Rnd 14: p7, k7, (p13, k7) 4 times, p6.
Rnd 15: p6, k9, (p11, k9) 4 times, p5.
Rnd 16: p5, k11, (p9, k11) 4 times, p4.
Rnd 17: p4, k13, (p7, k13) 4 times, p3.
Rnd 18: p3, k15, (p5, k15) 4 times, p2.
Rnd 19: p2, k17, (p3, k17) 4 times, p1.
Rnd 20: p1, k19, (p1, k19) 4 times.
With smaller needle cast on 100 sts. For best results use a tubular cast on for 1×1 rib.
Join rnd being careful not to twist and pm to mark end of rnd.
Rnd 1: (k1, p1) to end.
Rep rnd 1 until ribbing measures 1″ / 2.5cm.
Switch to larger needle.
Work rnds 1-20 of chevron pattern a total of 2 times.
Next rnd: (k10, pm) to end.
Next rnd — dec rnd: *k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, slm, rep from * to end.
Knit 1 rnd slipping all markers as you come to them.
Rep last 2 rnds 3 more times. 6 sts between each marker.
Rep dec rnd on every following rnd until only 10 sts rem, switching to needles for working smaller circumferences when necessary (to be honest, I just awkwardly pulled out a loop of the short circular since that was what I had with me!). Break yarn and draw through remaining sts (but not markers!) pulling up tightly to close hole. Weave in ends and block / tuck ends in and take photos.
* one size because free pattern, but you could cast on 90 or 110 stitches and make each of the 5 chevron repeats 2 sts and 2 rows smaller or larger.
Look out for more about our visit to the mill soon.
.... And it's a big one! Usually, the sale runs across a set number of days and things get pretty fast paced around here with shipping and customer service emails. With the need to continue to prioritise staff safety and a smaller team than usual, we decided to make this a whole birthday month.