Hats, squares, gloves...and wool

I’m still here – crocheting in the background!  Sidetracked somewhat by a new commitment, but what a lovely haven to return to yarn every so often.  Now that the cooler months are upon us, the hooks come out much more often, and it’s time to update.

We had some weeks of early cold rain and suddenly I couldn’t resist knocking out this child’s beanie.  The pattern by Lilia Garashchenko was easy, working in the round.

Not without minor imperfections.  (Charm of the handmade).

But not sure I’ll use this pattern again as the cluster stitch ate up lots of yarn.   It was made in a variegated red and black vintage pure wool I bought from the charity shop, the quality of which I’m yet to find again.

The result was a very cosy and warm little hat.

I also made this beanie as part of a crochet-a-long.  You can see immediately in the two pictures the difference in the density and weight of the garment, depending on the stitch (cluster vs treble).

Then there were these charity squares I made – so good for using up the yarn stash.   Portable, quick and satisfying, I’m always gonna do squares.

The most enjoyable make was my second pair of Jack & Jill fingerless gloves.   

They take a bit longer and always finish well with a row or two of edging.

The stark difference in the pleasure of the process was solely in the yarn.  I can’t stress enough how different it was to hook these up, compared to working in acrylic.   

And then the finished product were beautiful in themselves just because they were made of pure wool;  they have a heavy, rustic quality.


I was very happy they went to warm the hands of someone in cold winter Tasmania.