I've said it before, but wool is a remarkable fibre. It is warm, lightweight, absorbs dampness without feeling cold and is immensely stretchable. Some super‐crimpy wool fibres such as merino can stretch as much as 25‐30% in length and spring back into shape time and time again.
This makes them eminently suitable for jumpers and cardigans which can suffer severe tugging and stretching, especially in the hands of small kiddies as they pull them on and off. So the choice of yarn can make a big difference to how the final article fits and how stretchy it is.
In this series of 12 blogposts, I am looking at 12 different stitches, one from each of the chapters in our book, Reversible Knitting Stitches, and highlighting an article that has been made using the stitch. If you would like to read the whole series of blogposts, then please click here to see the first of them, and then follow the links through to read all the posts in the series.
Today, I'd like to look at a Single Rib which is a super-stretchy stitch from Chapter 4 of the book, and the cozy, comfy hat you can see above is the Carey Beanie Hat.
Beginners can sometimes find the stitch a little tiresome to work as the yarn has to be taken backwards and forwards before each new stitch, so it can take some time to work. It does speed up once you get into the swing of things though. You also have to maintain a good tension on the yarn or the knit stitches can spread a little.
However, it is a wonderful stretchy stitch, especially if worked in a soft wool yarn.
There are two styles of hats with different colour banding: the first has a striped brim, while the second features a broad colour band on the hat.
For more details about the Carey Beanie Hat, please click here, and for more details about the Reversible Knitting Stitches book, please click here.
I'll be back tomorrow with news of a stole pattern worked in a lovely block design.
Until then – Happy Reversible Knitting!
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