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From the amazing imagination of Joan Rowe, here is yet another wondrous hat to knit.
She has a most intriguing website of her own, offering some wonderfully quirky and happy pieces already made. You can see them here.
And here we have put together kits so that you can make her marvelous Bumble Bees in the Flowers Beanie.
Jane writes: A beanie in three sizes featuring a flower pattern with bumble bees flying through. The beanie is knitted in the round, and the bumble bees are knitted separately and sewn onto the hat. Make one bumble bee, or as many as you want for your beanie.The only sewing is to attach the bumble bees to the hat.
The Yarn and Colorways
We did not put together kits duplicating exactly the yarns or colors that Joan used in her original piece. She does say that any fingering weight yarn will work well. You can see our offering in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.
What is needed is for the main color of the hat, about 127 yds fingering, for the contrast color for band about 20 yds (this is an optional second color) and for the bumble bees about 6 yds each bee in black and yellow (orange and white being optional again). The wings need about two yards -- Joan used a stainless steel yarn held together with a sewing thread and says that crochet cotton would work as well.
What these kits contain is one full skein of Poems Sock, a 100 gram skein with 459 yards (420m) of gradually changing colors. As this is well more than is needed and as the colors progress so beautifully, we are not including a separate contrast color. Simply go a bit further down the skein to find another color to continue your knitting with if you would like a break in the colors between brim and the hat itself.
You could choose Horizon, a colorway that mimics a sunset, with oranges and golds, purples and teals, and some green as well.
Our alternative colorway is Arles, a cool mix of blues and purples. Call it the colors of twilight and you won't be far off.
Each kit will also include two 30 yard skeins of Vineyard Silk, a 100% silk of solid colors. One will be Old Gold and the other Jet Black. This will give you more than is needed for the bees themselves (though if you decide you want to add the optional orange and/or white, you will have to search your own stash for snippets).
The wings gave us pause and we tried out a few options before we settled on Kreinik's Tapestry Braid #12. This is the same thread you find in our bracelet kits, and is a polyester metallic with 10 meters per spool. Notice the wing which I knit (using size 2 needles) that we show in the photos here.
The color thread we are including in each kit is called Opal, and is a silver thread shot through with some sublte colors -- rose, gold, green, blue.
You will notice that Joan used a lovely lilac for her bees' wings. If you would prefer another color thread, just let me know.
The kit will not automatically include the pattern.
I know some knitters will prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Joan via her Ravelry web page. If that is how you would like to go, then set the "Pattern" drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed." This is what you should do if you prefer your patterns in the Ravelry library.
Alternatively, if you would rather have a printed copy, please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that and we'll get that to you in your kit.
We also can send the pattern to you via email and if you choose that option, I will send it to you just before shipping out your kit. (Note again, the pattern will not be saved in your Ravelry library if you choose this option.)