I spotted a simple looking stripey bobbly hat in a well known high street shop before Christmas and decided that rather than buying it I would try and make it myself!
I loved the colour combination of the blue and white stripes for the main body with a rich red pompom on the top.
The pattern was fairly easy to make up, using other patterns I have knitted in the past with a few changes to bring in the two colours. I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran to knit the hat and Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino to make the pompom.
You can find the pattern in our “free pattern” section on the website.
It feels like it has been a fairly mild winter so far this year and so we have not had much cause to use the bobble hat but I have high hopes for a frosty January and February once all this boring rain subsides (please!)
This scarf is an old favourite of mine and much enjoyed year after year by many of our customers who come back to buy more wool to make another one!
It knits up really quickly using three colours of the RICO Essentials Aran range which we have in a wide range of colours now.
You can find lots of free patterns in the “Free Pattern” section of our website or click on the photo opposite to link directly to this particular pattern.
Thanks to Jill for modelling one of her versions of this scarf and to Caroline at Happy Thimble for writing the original pattern for us.
If you fancy a slightly more advanced pattern, this free cable hat pattern from Debbie Bliss would make a lovely project for these dark evenings.
The wool used is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran and I simply love the Gold colour used in the picture although there are of course many more shades to choose from.