30 Dec 2019

Keep those ears warm

Things get tricky when you have a pony tail... You want to keep warm but your favourite hat won't fit. You can lift your parka hood up but that still doesn't bring the circulation back into your ears and you start to believe the old wives' tail about losing half of your body heat through your head in winter!

So here's the solution: a cozy headband or ear-warmer. Quick to knit, easy to make and super-stylish, these small accessories are a must for deep winter. Here are two of my favourites that you can knit now ready for the New Year snows.

The two photos above show Anna's Frost-Fighter Headband and Mitts – a super combination to keep both your ears and hands warm. Anna tells me that she especially likes using the headband when she is out on her morning run as it not only keeps her warm but also keeps her hair out of her eyes.

The set is worked in one of my favourite yarns, Willow and Lark 'Nest' and the pattern includes two different sizes.

The pattern features a lovely stitch from our Reversible Knitting Stitches book. This is the Ribbed Cable stitch which is a wonderfully graphic stitch with quite a different look on the front and the back. Both sides are well-padded for extra insulation and the texture feels good against chilly ears.

The second headwarmer I am featuring today is the Teversham Headwarmer, shown here with the matching cowl which is also included in the pattern. This is a super-toasty headwarmer worked with two ends of a DK yarn held together. The combination of a soft merino mix yarn and the deep, textural pattern gives a winning head-warming combination.

This is a lovely deep headwarmer and is shaped to the head like an open-topped hat to give a cozy fit for a "messy bun hat" look. The pattern includes three sizes of headwarmer together with the separate cowl which would make a good men's accessory for that all-important couples' look on the ski-slopes.

Both the headwarmer and the cowl are worked in a textured double rib pattern which is a variation of the Hatfield Check pattern from our Reversible Knitting Stitches collection. The stitch is easy to work and gives a wonderfully graphic spin on a double rib design. 

Both the headwarmer and the cowl have colour bands which are worked with either two ends of the same colour or a tweedy combo of the dark and light yarns for a snow-specked effect.

I hope that has given you some ideas for some cozy headwarmers to keep your ears warm in these ultra-chilly days. If you would like to see more ideas for keeping warm this winter, then please click here to go to the start of this blogpost accessories series.

It's almost New Year so if you have snow where you are, I hope you will enjoy wearing your new cozy accessories while you have fun snow-tubing, ski-ing or having a fun snowball fight!

Until next time – Happy New Year Knitting!


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20 Dec 2019

Time to knit a hat

It's almost time for ski season – that magical time of year when you actually welcome a cool, crisp blue-sky day with fresh powdery snow waiting for you. 

And even if the ski slopes are not calling to you, then the coldest months of the year are approaching fast! So now is the time to don your best snow outfit and top it off with a colourful hat to keep you super cozy.

The photos above shows Anna's Twinning Hat, which is a super-colourful hat with sizes to suit both men and women. I love the wide turn-back to keep your ears warm and the colourful pom-pom on the top. The cable pattern is fun to work and gives a lovely textural result. 

Make two in different colours and hit the ski slopes with a colourful couples' look!

The Moon Hat is another of Anna's designs and this one features broad, colourful stripes. Both the Twinning Hat and the Moon Hat are worked in a DK yarn and can be worked with just 2 or 3 balls of yarn. 

The Moon Hat has a fine twisted pattern and a super-deep turn-back to keep your head insulated against the worst of the winter storms to come. It also has a fun gathered top for a contemporary look.

If you prefer your beanie hats to be without turn-back cuffs, then here are two hats that might fit the bill. The one shown above is the Northstowe Beanie Hat which is a comfortable, easy-to-wear men's beanie. The hat features strong textural details with wide ribs intersected by garter stitch bands. 

It is worked with two strands of a DK yarn held together to give a chill-beating finish.

Just as the Twinning Hats can be made in a his-and-hers styling, here's another hat where you can team your couples' look. The Madingley Beanie Hat has a lovely feminine double-banded rib pattern to co-ordinate and compliment the more rugged look of the Northstowe Mens' Beanie.

This is also worked using two strands of a soft DK yarn held together which adds to the insulating qualities of the yarn. ​

So far I have featured hats which are worked with DK yarns either held singly or doubly, but here's a hat which has been knit in a super-soft chunky yarn. This is Anna's Glacier Hat and is shown here is lovely winter colours like glacier ice.

Big, bold and super-cozy, this hat can be worn as an oversized slouchy hat or with a turn back to fit snug to the head. 

The Glacier Hat hat needs just 1 ball in each of the colours so is very quick to finish. If you start one now before you head off on your holidays, it might be finished before you get back home again!

I hope those have given you some good ideas for hats to start work on now. My thanks to Anna for allowing me to feature several of her lovely hats alongside my own. Please check out her website, www.kikuknits.com for more details of her great patterns and to sign up to her newsletter.

Next time, I will be continuing my blogpost accessories series with a look at head-bands and head-warmers which are excellent choices for extra ear protection, especially if you wear your hair in a pony tail.

Until then - have a wonderful holiday and safe travels!


Anna's Website: www.kikuknits.com


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