I have never managed to join in with a KAL, or Knit A Long before – despite my love of deadlines for work and study, deadlines and knitting just don’t go together for me. But earlier this year, there was chat over in the Devon Sun Yarnies Facebook group about hats and designers we loved and as so many people wanted to try knitting a hat by Woolly Wormhead, we decided to hold a KAL. With only two conditions – a Woolly pattern and Devon Sun Yarns yarn, it was amazing the variety of hats that everyone choose to make.
If you don’t know Woolly’s patterns they are not ‘just’ hats. They incorporate amazing design elements in the structure so that they really do come together in an interesting way. There are patterns for every weight yarn and for every level knitter – but what I love is that there is a whole section of great tutorials on Woolly’s website so any part that you don’t understand is easy to clarify and it’s perfect for people wanting to learn one or two new things from a pattern without being overwhelmed by the size of a garment.
Some people ( like me, ahem…) chose several patterns before narrowing it down. Initially I chose Alveare but then a photo on Instagram caught my eye and I switched to Skelter, as I loved the simple lines with just enough interest from the swirling pattern. I dyed some marbled yarn with hazy purples and greys, so there was just enough variation in the yarn but not too much to compete with the pattern. I also wanted something I could wear with anything. I was so pleased with this pattern – I had never tried a provisional cast on before and it was so simple to do using the tutorial. I also decided to take the advice in the pattern and cable without a cable needle – and it’s much easier than I thought! I am so glad I tried these new skills. I feel like I have really improved my knitting with this simple hat pattern.
There were so many other hats being made at the same time too, here are just a selection
I’ve been knitting away on my hat – well over the end of the KAL now, but I am determined to finish it! Having the KAL and seeing others making at the same time has really helped me stay motivated to finish it – do you find that with KALS? I usually avoid them as I don’t like the pressure but this time I have loved it, I think I might try another one soon – any ideas?
And dont forget, if you want to spend a weekend with Woolly, learning all about how to craft a hat and working through a pattern with her, theres just one room left on the Woolly Wormhead yarn retreat in November.