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England's Rolling Hills

Knitting
December 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
130 - 140 yards (119 - 128 m)
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England’s Rolling Hills

Update: The pattern is now also available in German as well as using an alternative yarn, John Arbon’s ‘Knit By Numbers’.


This design represents a particular English landscape that I love, the archetypal ‘Rolling Hills’.

The green hills, the winding country lanes, clouds and the lines of the horizon all spring to mind.

It all reflects my own heritage and my love of these British Isles.

The wool comes from Louise of South Downs Yarn Duncton, a woman whose work I greatly admire and love to support. The naturally dyed wool is “sustainably sourced and geo-traceable wool from farmers from the South Downs” {www.southdownsyarn.co.uk}.

The wool’s provenance is of great importance to me, the Southdown sheep it stems from graze and live in the South Downs in England. Louise hand dyes the wool with plants. There is a lovely set of interviews with her over at wovember.com.

Edit: There is a fantastic interview with David, the shepherd, here.

That’s as English as it can get!

The hat is worked from the bottom up.

Yarn

South Downs Yarn ‘Duncton’
100% plied British Wool, DK weight
130m / 142yds per 50g skein

1 x 50g skein of shade “Rock Pool”
1 x 50g skein of shade “Chalk Path”

Size

To fit head circumference: 53 - 60cm / 21-24in.
Length from brim to crown: 20cm / 8in.

Needles & notions

40cm / 16in long (or longer if you prefer the magic loop method) gauge-size and below-gauge-size needles (for the ribbing).

Gauge-size needles of your preferred type for working small circumferences (for the top of crown).

Stitch marker
Tapestry needle