For­ever on a quest for toasty knits, Rachel Coopey tells us about her favourite bob­ble hat

Knit Today Magazine - - Inspiring Colour -

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

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