Hello again! Yesterday I talked about the characteristics of Universal Yarn Uni Merino and Uni Merino Mini and I’m happy you’re here today to join me while I pick out a few colors from the 50, yes 50 color choices of this awesome collection! I will be knitting up a cute little colorwork hat this week. The West Wind Hat is a free pattern from Universal Yarn and is perfect for this yarn! The only challenge is what colors will I choose!
The West Wind Hat is a lightweight hat that will fit snuggly to ward off the cool temperatures and the wind while I’m out on my daily walks. This hat is knit in the round and uses stranded knitting. The 2×2 ribbing is long to wear either folded double or not. Being able to fold it double will be helpful on those walks that get a little chilly! Now onto the first fun part! Picking the colors.
The pattern shows the hat knitted up in Universal Yarn Uni Merino main color Koala and Uni Merino Mini contrasting colors Cascade, Duckling, Oriole and Pickle colorways. Although these are certainly lovely, I decided to make my version with main color Bone. I chose Kingfisher, Duckling, and Coffee Cake for the contrast. This is a fantastic example of how one pattern can be made to look original by choosing your favorite colors.
I knit up a quick gauge swatch and was able to get gauge with the needle size suggested in the pattern. Is it wrong for me to say that I don’t always swatch? Bad knitter! Because this was my first time using the Uni Merino and Uni Merino Mini yarn and as I’ll talk about in a couple of days, I’m also using new-to-me KNITTER’S PRIDE Cubic double pointed needles, I thought it wise to swatch!
I’m excited to cast on this hat! I’ve decided to use my go-to two-handed fair isle for the colorwork. More on that tomorrow!