PATTERN: Bounce from Yarn Ball Boogie
YARN: Farmhouse Yarns Andy's Merino
COLOUR: Boysenberry (sorry, I think it's discontinued)
I bought two skeins of this yarn at Purl two years ago with the intention of making a shrug, but never found the right pattern. The poor yarn languished. Once in a while I would visit the yarn, look at it, admire it's lovely saturated colour, it's fabulous squooshiness, and wonder what it might become. I thought the yarn had met it's match with Knitty's Mosey legwarmers but alas, the yardage was skimpy and the gauge was off. Then I tried knitting a Jenny with the yarn doubled - too stiff! Finally, one fateful day while blog-hopping... Bounce! A squishy beret pattern knit with the very same Andy's merino? Parfait!
Bounce became my NYC vacation knitting; appropriate, no? Knitting the yarn in the land from whence it came?
While the finished product is quite nice, I'm finding it far too large. I know it's supposed to be large, but I have my limits. If the hat falls off when you bend over? Too big. If the hat rests on the top of your shoulders? Too big. If the hat can be easily confused with something one would stuff their dreadlocks into? TOO BIG! (There's a fine line between over-sized beret, and rasta-hat).
I DID however like the pattern's method of knitting brioche stitch, but would love to figure out a way to work the same method in the round. Hats knit flat? Why?
Big thanks to Barbara for the pictures, and to Cathy for once again (unknowingly) providing the locale.