Weston Beanie is my new hat pattern. I designed it a while back, for my nephew who was off to college in Montana. I made a few more, but they were always disappearing – popular I think. So now you can knit your own. You can find it in my Ravelry shop.
The sample is made with Dale of Norway Heilo, which is 100% Norwegian wool, that I had left over from knitting my Scandinavian book, 150 Scandinavian Motifs (called 150 Scandinavian Knitting Designs outside of North America). With a gauge of 5½ stitches to the inch over the fair isle pattern, I used almost an entire ball of the main color (1.76 oz [50g] balls, 109 yds [100 m]).
Estimated Yarn Amounts are about 106 yards (97 meters) for the Main Color and 30½ yards (27.9 meters) for the Contrast Color. You could mix things up here and even use a third or fourth color if you wanted to. I’ve made it with a variety of different yarns with great success getting a gauge of anywhere between 5 – 6 stitches to the inch, just remember, different gauges will use different amounts of yarn and the hats will be slightly different in size. Sadly I don’t have any of those beanies to show you…those were the ones that walked off to different parts of the world…even the sample pictured has been worn for a winter. I was lucky to get it back!
Kathy Cadigan took these wonderful photographs of my Weston Beanie modeled by her beautiful daughter Morgan (also an artist). They were both such troopers. It had to have been the hottest day of the summer, absolutely sweltering, and you would never know to look at these images. They did it all with good cheer and I can not thank them enough.
So please take a look at the pattern details on Ravelry, and check out the other projects that are starting to appear. One of my friends has already made four Weston Beanies using different yarns and they look great.