Close to Home

I love to knit, and have a large collection of knitting patterns, but have often wondered if I would have what it takes to design something for myself.  Where do you begin?

I had recently bought some Daughter of a Shepherd DK yarn with the intention of using it to knit a hat for my Dad.  I had recently realised that he was the only member of my family that I hadn’t knit for so, when I discovered a yarn made from the fleece of sheep raised down the road from his childhood home, I decided it was time to remedy that.

For this perfect project I wanted the perfect pattern, and while there are many beautiful hat patterns on Ravelry (well worth a trip down that particular rabbit hole if you have a few hours to spare!) I couldn’t find one that said ‘Dad’.  It was then I decided to put this design idea to the test, but I soon came up against the same old hurdle.  Where to start?

Fortunately I came across Aroha Knits ‘Initiate Knit Design’ challenge and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  The challenge took you through 5 steps to help you go from idea to finished object, with a homework challenge at the end of each step to prepare you for the next one.  The steps were sent every couple of days but you could do them at your own pace if you wished.  I chose to try and keep up and was amazed how quickly I was able to transform my fledgling ideas in to a reality.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to try their hand at knit design.

The result is my ‘Close to Home’ hat.  A unisex hat knit in the round from the bottom up with a simple cable and rib pattern that continues up in to the crown.  The yarn is wonderfully light and warm, making it the perfect transition piece to see you from summer to winter and back again.

The pattern will be for sale on Ravelry and will be released on 1 July.

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