Knitstant Gratification

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Barley & Oats

Posted by Andi on February 18, 2018

First thing’s first. I had a bit of an html problem with my last posts about my crafting goals for 2018. Only one goal showed up! You can find it here. The next few posts will reference it, so take a look!

I’m going to start with goal #4: Make a matching hat and cowl set.

Typically, I don’t mind wearing hand knit winter accessories that don’t match. I may end up looking like crazy knitter lady, but I think it’s cute and quirky and generally don’t care what others think.

There are times, however, where looking put together is important. For that reason, I wanted to make a matching hat and cowl set to go with my winter coat. I wanted something kind of basic but interesting to knit. I went with Barley and Oats by tincanknits. They are part of the same collection so they match.

As always, I was trying to bust some stash, so I went with some Berroco Lustra yarn, which has been discontinued. This yarn is very difficult to photograph because it’s two colors. For this, the main yarn is reddish, but there is a bit of blue in it that creates a halo. It looks different colors in different light.

Pattern: Barley by tincanknits
Yarn: Berroco Lustra in Montaigne, .52 skein (102.4 yards)
Needles: US 5 & 7
Date started: 1/8/18
Date completed: 1/15/18

This hat is mostly stockinette with a garter stitch section. The picture makes it look like it’s half and half, but it’s not. It’s maybe 2/3 stockinette and 1/3 garter, or maybe a little garter, but more along those lines. I like how the hat looks a bit different depending on how I put it on my head. Sometimes I have the garter section centered on my head, and other times it offset. It’s warm and cozy and I love it. I finished the knitting before I started the cowl below, but didn’t weave in the ends until 1/15.

Pattern: Oats by tincanknits
Yarn: Berroco Lustra in Montaigne, .66 skein (130 yards)
Needles: US 7
Date started: 1/11/18
Date completed: 1/15/18

This cowl is also warm and cozy. It’s very similar to the hat as far as the garter to stockinette ratio is concerned. I made the small cowl. I thought about making the infinity scarf version, but I wasn’t sure I would have enough yarn. Maybe I would have, I don’t know. The small cowl works better under my coat.

I do have a fair amount of yarn left over, so I’m considering making a pair of fingerless mitts to go over my gloves. I have a fingerless mitt patterns by tincanknits and will probably use one of those. I’m holding off for a couple of reasons. First, I do have gloves, so the fingerless mitts would be purely aesthetic and aren’t necessary. Second, fingerless mitts don’t tick off any of my knitting goals for the year, so I may wait to make those until I’m sure I’m making the progress I want to be making on my goals.

The last time I made a matching set it was a bit of a disaster, so I’m really happy that these worked out so well. I’ve worn them several times already.


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