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Project of the Month: Traquair Hat and Mitts

Let’s kick off the new year with a cozy, colorful project of the month! The Traquair Hat and Mitttens by Amanda B Collins is an intermediate knitting pattern perfect for highlighting hand-dyed single-ply yarn. A beautiful knit, this herringbone collection wowed our staff member, Cheryl.

For those of you who joined us in our 12 Days of Knitmas*, Day 11 and Day 12 are the perfect yarns for this pattern! Single-ply yarns, like Uschitita Merino Single, are cushy and dense– ideal for a pair of mittens and a hat. Offering a complementary softness, we used WildWestDye’s Naturally Dyed Soft Fingering.

About the Yarn

Uschitita Merino Single

Hand dyed in the Netherlands, we love the wild colors that we have been able to carry at Baaad Annas through 2021. Even more exciting is the custom Baaad Annas colorway that Indie dyer Steffi made for us!

Fibres:  100% Superwash Merino
Gauge:  28 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needles:  3.0 – 4.5 mm (US 2½ – 7)
Weight:  Fingering singles (1)
Length:  100 g / 400 yards (366 m)

Read more about Uschitita yarns here.

WildWestDye’s Naturally Dyed Soft Fingering

A BC local indie dyer and one of our lovely teachers at Baaad Annas, Rebecca of WildWestDye creates beautifully naturally dyed yarn.

Fibres: Superfine merino wool
Gauge: 23-32 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needles:2.25-3.75mm (US 1-5)
Weight: Fingering (2)
Length: 338m/ 370y per 100g (sold in quarter 25g cakes)

New Skills

Cheryl recommends using wooden needles over metal ones, as herringbone stitch requires careful attention to your stitches, and wooden needles will provide better grip.

The Traquair Hat and Mitts are knit flat, allowing for easy understanding of the forms. Once complete, the pieces are seamed together with a three-needle bind off. Pay attention not to pull these stitches too tight!

Herringbone Stitch: While some can find herringbone to be a tedious knit, others find it to be quite relaxing in its repetitive nature. As noted in the pattern, Cheryl found it particularly helpful to wrap the yarn in the opposite direction on the WS rows, to make the k2togtbl easier on the RS.

The technique can be a bit troublesome to start– Cheryl suggests practicing on a swatch first!

Read the rest of Cheryl’s notes on her Ravelry page.

Don’t forget to tag your #baaadannas12days on Instagram to show off your Uschitita and WildWestDye Traquair Hats and Mitts!

*12 Days of Knitmas 2021 is not yet revealed on social media*

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