Project Inspiration: Fidra
Last year I knit a Fidra with 2 skeins of the Brunner Family Mohair, and I had enjoyed the design so much I knew I wanted to do another... but I didn't know what yarn I wanted to use. It crossed my mind each time I met a new aran or bulky weight yarn, but nothing called to me quite like that scrumptious mohair had, so I continued on with other projects... until last week when Lujoso arrived in the shop. As soon as I opened the box they came in, I immediately fell in love! I took a skein home and within 2 days I had another Fidra.
Fidra by Gudrun Johnston is available to download for $6.
You only need 1 skein of Lujoso to finish the hat and optional pompom.
Lujoso, which is $25 a skein, is a supple blend of baby alpaca, merino wool, and mulberry silk. The colors are all deep and lustrous, and the loose ply adds texture, drape, and accentuates the incredible softness. It's a heavy quick-knit weight yarn, but the finished fabric still feels light and airy.
You do need to be able to read a knitting chart in order to follow this pattern. Nonetheless, if charts are new for you- this may be an excellent project to start with! This project in particular very easy to follow and understand, and for reference you can check out this blog post I made on charts. The most difficult stitch techniques in Fidra are knitting through the back loop, sssk, and k3tog. If you can do these, you can make a Fidra!
The pompom, is of course, totally optional. I happen to love it, but it still looks great without it! Since each skein of Lujoso has plenty of yardage, you can actually make a few pompoms with your leftovers when the Fidra is finished. That way you can practice making the perfect pompom- or eventually decide against it if you want.
My first instinct was to take home a skein of the Cocoa colorway. It's definitely my favorite. I ultimately decided on Charcoal because A) Cocoa is almost identical to the first Fidra I made, and B) Charcoal grey is still easy to wear for me and my wardrobe. But to be honest, Wine was a close second choice!! Sapphire, Olive, and Violet are also amazing... Oh, who am I kidding? They are all great, and they would all work beautifully as a Fidra!
What do you think? Is there a color of Lujoso that's calling to you? Keep us updated on your progress here, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Ello!