The Travel Collection: Steppes Hat & Siberian Cowl

// January 17th, 2012 // Crafts, RhiCreate

My hat and cowl in action on the shores of Lake BaikalIt’s taken me a fair while to post about these projects, although they were both completed before leaving to travel the world.   A good thing that they were too, as both came in very useful in the Siberian & Mongolian Autumn (shown here on the shores of Lake Baikal!) and no doubt will be this time next year when back in the UK.

Both pieces were made from yarn that was already in my stash.  I’d collected a few “one-off” balls from various places – souvenirs really, never enough for a big project and combined those to make these two items.  I realised halfway through that it was actually all British wool, so it seemed a nice idea to take these items around the world!  The bulk of the hat and the red strand in it were from Southbrook Farm in Dartmoor somewhere – I picked those up at a craft market, the green came from the Welsh Wool Museum in Carmarthenshire, the blue in the hat is Rowan Tapestry, and the dark blue used in the cowl is Orkney Angora bought in Edinburgh, and probably the softest yarn known to man…

Pattern-wise, a lot of freestyling involved – both pieces were knitted in the round and so joining, finishing etc was all very straightforward, as was the fair-isle – which I always avoid doing with purl if possible!  The lace pattern used on the cowl is the “Travelling Vine Pattern” which turned out really well as although it uses a very simple repeat (keeps to it’s own space) it gives the impression that it is travelling around the cowl at the same time.

Having had a pretty disastrous history with knitting hats – never the right size – I’m very happy with how they both turned out, especially as they proved invaluable in the prevention of hypothermia while travelling through the Northern climes.  I’m now in Thailand, and both items have been packed away at the bottom of my bag, just waiting for a bit of chill so I can whip them out again!

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