So finally this one is finsihed. I have to be honest I underestimated how easy it would be to convert one of my patterns for handspun wool into commercially available wool. It took a lot of knitting ripping and re-knitting before I was happy with the outcome.
Some compromises had to be made – here is one of my original hats in handspun.
So the main problem was I had to stick rigidly to a pattern and a limited amount of yarn. I was determined to keep the hat within two balls of yarn to keep the costs down and minimise waste.
I wanted to keep the funky shape and not loose the key elements of the design but had restricted my options by using a limited amount of yarn. So the big change was the horns. I had to start the horns in the dark colour and finish in light to ensure there was sufficient to complete the hat. Not a bad compromise.
This is probably one of the first viking hats I made and I think the new version measures up to the original. This pattern is available on Etsy.
So for my next project I am going to take it a little bit easier and work on a simple pattern using only commercially available yarn.