Well, Joan Rowe has done it again, with a real smile-making hat she calls the Flamboyant Flowers Beanie!
Here is what she writes:
A beanie in three sizes featuring a gorgeous garden filled with flamboyant flowers. This beanie is knitted in the round with fingering weight yarn, although the flowers can be attached to any hat. The flowers and leaves are knitted separately and are attached mostly with the CO and BO tails so that there is very little sewing, aside from some chain stitch embroidery for the stems.
Instructions are given for clematis, foxglove, iris, morning glory, nasturtium, poppy and trumpet vine. Fill your garden with just one, or with a colorful medley of flowers.
The flowers and leaves are knit with fingering weight yarn and each take less than 21 yds (19 m). It’s a great way to use up leftover yarn, or make use of a single ball of fingering with an interesting colorway to choose different colors for each flower.
When I saw she also wrote, "An intermediate knitter should be fine with this pattern, although some of the flowers are more complex than others. Techniques used include wrap and turn (w&t), German Short row, circular knitting on dp needles, 1 custom scallop stitch.", I contacted Nancy (nnaannaa on Ravelry) and asked her to do a bit of a test knit for us.
And the result, dear knitter, is this kit!
The Yarn and Colorways
Bear in mind that this is not the same yarn nor colors as Joan used in her original -- her hats can be seen in the top photo --- but the kit will include exactly what Nancy used.
One skein of Nordlys, a fingering weight yarn, was used for the hat itself. This skein has 100 grams (3.5 ounces) and 350 meters (385 yards). Perfect for this design. It is 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon, and has a very soft and delightful hand. This yarn is dyed in long color runs.
The colorway for the hat itself is a blend of many purples, which we call A Bouqet of Lilacs. It runs from lilac through to deep dark purple, with a wonderful range in between.
The second part of the kit consists of one skein from which Nancy made all the flowers and leaves is Mini Mochi, the colorway Tapestry Rainbow. Long color runs, with 195 yards/ 50 grams per ball, it is made up of 80% Superwash Merino wool and 20% Nylon.
Tapestry Rainbow runs the gamut of the rainbow, slightly muted. Nancy wrote:
Just look at your variegated yarn and decide what petal or leaf you would like to make in that color. Of course the color will morph as you go along, but that’s the beauty of it.
Your kit will include two skeins of yarn, one Nordlys in a tonal purple and one Mini Mochi in the Tapestry Rainbow.
The kit will not automatically include the pattern.
We will, however, if you would like, send you a sheet of notes Nancy made with tips and hints for the knitting. Just let me know as you check out and I'll email it to you.
I know some knitters will prefer to get the pattern 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.)