Project Inspiration: Hilda Hat – NorthCoast Knittery

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Project Inspiration: Hilda Hat

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     One of the two trunk shows we currently have on display in the shop is featuring one of our brand new yarns- Warmi. When this baby alpaca and wool blend first arrived, it seemed like a nice quality but generally average heavy worsted weight yarn. It was soft and the subtle melange shifts in the colorways were lovely, but honestly, it didn't 'WOW' me until I unpacked and felt everything in the trunk show. I am so impressed with how it looks and feels knitted up. The fabric it creates has a nice warm weight to it, and it's irresistible to squeeze when you first notice how soft and touchable it is. The wool gives it a full body with a lot of bounce, but the baby alpaca adds to the softness and drape- which really gives it an elegance that isn't obvious until it's knitted (or crocheted or woven). So while I can't say that this was love at first sight, I can confirm that love can be kindled by warm, sophisticated, squishy knitwear. I think you'd agree!
     The Hilda Hat is my personal favorite project in the trunk show, and it only needs 1 skein of the Warmi to complete it. It's a slouchy style and the majority of it is simply stockinette stitch. One section of the hat is worked in a smocking pattern, which is a fun design that you don't see too often. You can download the Hilda Hat pattern from the online shop for $6.

     The sample Hilda Hat in my photos is the colorway Blue Berry, but it's hard to choose a favorite. Each colorway was inspired by Peruvian fruits and flowers, and I think the heathery look really reflects that. There isn't a colorway that this hat wouldn't look good in, but I think I may soon be reaching for a skein of the Toasted Coffee.... What about you?

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