fall knitting – magnolia hat

I’ve been knitting away like crazy in the past few weeks, finishing a new cardigan (to be blogged soon) and a hat. When it comes to knitting I’m strictly a “1-project-at-a-time” maker. Having multiple knitting projects underway makes me nervous.

Except for socks. There will be socks in various finishing stages hanging around at any given time.

magnolia hat. little home by hand blog.Anyway, while travelling in Scotland a few weeks ago I picked up a few skeins of Shilasdair yarn on Skye, among these a single skein of white Aran yarn. I knew right away this needed to be a hat. I don’t usually wear hats, having very fine hair that gets flattened by a hat so awfully that I’d rather brave the cold. However, since taking up hiking as a hobby I knew I would need one for winter. I settled on the Magnolia hat pattern which seemed both a nice challenge and exactly the look I was going for.

magnolia hat. little home by hand blog.Notice my new favourite knitting accessory, a beautiful project bag by Windwardmade!

I used size 4 needles which is two sizes smaller than recommended in the pattern. I have a very small head though and knew I had to go smaller to get a good fit (true story: when my mom was in labour with me and you could see the head, the doctor says “oh, the head is really small, the child will likely be disabled”. After I graduated from university with top grades I always wished I could find that guy and shove my diploma in his face).

Surprisingly I found the pattern quite easy, despite it being my first time knitting off a chart. I did wonder if I should do an extra repeat of the pattern to counter the small needle size but in the end I just did the pattern exactly as it was written and the fit is great.

magnolia hat. little home by hand blog.I wore it already on a hiking trip last weekend. Definitely a hit.

Now, what next? Do I finish one of the unfinished pairs of socks? A shawl? A sweater? Too many decisions!




12 thoughts on “fall knitting – magnolia hat

  1. Ingrid

    This is lovely! I know what you mean by one project at a time – I’m exactly the same. If I start a new project I risk getting distracted and forgetting all about the first one!


    1. Kristina Post author

      Thanks Ruth! Somehow socks never really count for me. I’ve been knitting socks since I was about twelve so they are sort of just hanging around to be picked up and put down again whenever I feel like it. That way most pairs of socks actually take me years to make 😀


  2. Ine

    Oh I love everything in htis post! 🙂 The hat, the fact that it’s yarn from Skye, your new project bag, your beautiful Fjall Raven backpack, your checkered hiking shirt! Looking forward to seeing your new finished cardigan.


    1. Kristina Post author

      Thanks, Ine! I feel it makes such a nice memory to buy local yarn somewhere and make something with it. So much better than buying keepsakes! I confess I bought that shirt precisely because it would complete the hiker ‘look’ 😉


  3. Inge

    What a beautiful hat Kristina! Thank you for mentioning the pouch, I love seeing it in action 🙂 Also, I can’t believe the doctor said that, he must’ve given your mother such a shock and for nothing!



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