By Gudrun Johnston
This is the official hat for Shetland Wool Week 2017.
I am always impressed by the myriad shades of colour that can be seen in Shetland, the blues of the sea, the mossy greens and browns of the hillside and the bright pops of wildflowers and heather in the summer. I never tire of walking in this landscape and soaking in the rich palette. I also love to wear a slouchy style hat that can be pulled down to cover my ears when it’s cold and windy outside! All of these elements played a part in this design. The Bousta Beanie uses three colours combined to great effect within a simple Fair Isle pattern. What with all the colours available in Shetland yarn the possibilities are endless!
18 inch circumference at brim; 9 ½ inches tall from brim to crown.
US 2/3mm 16-inch circular needle
US 4/3.5mm 16-inch circular needle
US 4/3.5mm set of dpn’s or long circular needle (if prefer using magic loop)
Three shades of 4ply weight yarn in the following quantities:
Yarn A: 120m / 130yds
Yarn B: 60m / 65yds
Yarn C: 60m / 65yds
Pom pom (optional): 45m / 50yds
Colourway 1: Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper Weight (100% Shetland; 125 yards/25g) FC 39 (MC), 142 (CC1) and FC41 (CC2)
Colourway 2: Jamieson’s Spindrift (100% Shetland; 115 yards/25g)
Mirry Dancers (MC), Wren (CC1) and Burnt Ochre (CC2)
Colourway 3: Uradale Yarns Jumper Weight (100% Organic Shetland; 173 yards/50g) Oatmeal (MC), Fawn (CC1), Moorit (CC2)
Note: You can’t really go too wrong when choosing colours for this hat! You can go subtle or bold!
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Remember to tag your hats on social media with #boustabeanie and #Shetlandwoolweek2017