Geminid Hat by Beatrice Perron Dahlen

Geminid Hat

December 2017
Pike Hill Farm Shetland
Sport (12 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Colorwork pattern
US 4 - 3.5 mm
178 - 225 yards (163 - 206 m)
Small: 16.75” / 42.5 cm wide by 8” / 20.5 cm deep at deepest point Medium: 19” / 48 cm wide by 10” / 25.5 cm deep at deepest point Large: 21” / 53 cm wide by 10” / 25.5 cm deep at deepest point
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Recently I moved to a new house. We moved from our house in the city where we’d lived for nearly a decade, to a house in the country. While a welcome change, it’s come with a lot of chaos and stress. One night, as I was laying in bed in my new bedroom snuggling my daughter, I marveled at the stars. In the city I couldn’t see any stars, and now I can see them from my bed on a clear night. As I stared from my new country haven, a shooting star blazed across the sky. And then another, and another. Amazed, I watched the meteor shower from my bed, and held onto that small miracle in the midst of our recent stress. I later learned that the meteor shower was named the Geminid, and so comes the name for this hat.

The Boston Public Market now hosts New England Farm to Fiber, a wonderful stall that features beautiful farm yarns from all over New England. Naturally, this is a concept that calls to me. When Genevieve, the owner asked if I’d like to create some designs with some of these beautiful yarns, of course I said yes! One yarn on the wall was this beautiful Shetland wool, which is a personal favorite. I knew they needed to become something with colorwork. This yarn blooms and softens a great deal with blocking, and because it is stranded colorwork, is incredibly cozy. The long ribbed brim is generous enough to fold up to keep your ears toasty warm, or to unfold and wear as a ‘slouchy’ hat. And the pattern includes three sizes so that even the littlest can enjoy this colorwork perfection!