When we posted a picture to Instagram earlier this month gushing that we thought that the yarn from our March BigStitch and BigStitch Lite projects – Sueño by Hikoo – knit like a dream, we had no idea that its name actually translated to “dream.” This fiber – an 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Viscose from Bamboo fiber blend – is silky, has a subtle shimmer, and glides through your fingers in a way that makes you never want your project to end. Just like a dream.
Packaged in 255 yard hanks, this DK weight fiber is perfect for cowl, hat, or scarf projects. It is a sturdy fiber with refined, modern luxury, which inspired us to pair it with the modern Mendia Hat from one of our favorite designers, Ambah O’Brien. The added bamboo in the yarn blend offers superb moisture absorption and offers versatility in the changing of the seasons – it keeps you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. All great qualities for a hat!
Both BigStitch and BigStitch Lite subscribers received a Mendia Hat pattern, a faux fur pom pom, and 2 skeins of Sueño.
The faux fur pom pom – a light grey that matches all three colorways – makes us giddy every time we look at the super soft fluff ball! While a modern take on the classic yarn pom pom, the fur is playful and unexpected against the modern, geometric lines featured in the Mendia Hat.
To make this the ultimate piece of flair, the 3-inch pom has an elastic loop that Jenn, one of our BigStitchers (she’s @mom2cagc on Ravelry), pointed out is a design perk that allows it to be removable. Whether for fashion (wear it with or without!) or function (wash your hat without ruining your pom), she explains:
Sew a button on the inside of your finished hat (you could even do this as a way to weave in your bind off end) and then pull the elastic through with a crochet hook, and attach it to the button. Your pompom is not attached to your hat and can be removed.
A great tip to store in your knitting toolbox for future hat projects!
BigStitchers received a few more goodies in their kit this month: a pair of 8# stainless steel US #6 double points from ChiaoGoo, a beginning of the row marker which reminds of us the geometric lace detail in the hat, and an exclusive-to-us Leather Snap DPN Case.
We love the case, because you can snap it several different ways to make it work for you. And to answer your question, yes, we will have more in our shop soon!
Cheers to a fun hat that will bring a smile to your face whether transitioning to spring or trying to stay warm during this mid-month nor’easter. Share your pics online with #poststitch! Can’t wait to see where you’re wearing your hat!
APRIL NEEDLE REPORT: For those of you already looking forward to April’s subscription, note that the needles needed for our BigStitch and BigStitch Lite (same project in both) project is knit in the round with a size US 8 24″ circular needle. If you need to make any changes, make sure you manage your account before March 30. April 2017 subscriptions ship April 1.