Forever on a quest for toasty knits, Rachel Coopey tells us about her favourite bobble hat
As I spend a lot of time knitting for work and occasionally knitting gifts for people I love, there’s very little time to make things for me. Many of the things I make have to be kept pristine for display at shows, and I wanted a hat I could wear every day, that I could stuff into my bag or coat pocket without worrying. I knitted it with Baa Ram Ewe Titus, which is a 4ply with Bluefaced Leicester, Wensleydale and alpaca. It’s a lovely yarn to knit with and, despite me shoving it into my bag and pockets for nearly two years now, it still looks like it did when it was knitted – I can even use it in displays! It has had a pom-pom upgrade – the original one got a bit felted and my taste in pom-pom size has moved towards the larger end of the scale, so I made a bigger one in a lovely sea green for this winter.
I called the pattern Bedale after a small town in North Yorkshire, where some of my family live. I’ve spent many holidays and weekends in Bedale and I started knitting my hat while I was there for a christening. The hat is knitted using a stranded colourwork technique – I love combining colours to create colourwork patterns. The pattern appears as you work and it can be hard to put it down. See more toasty knits at coopknits.co.uk