Easy Guernsey knitted hat

After completing my Guernsey Wrap, I had enough yarn left for a hat. Luckily there’s already a pattern for an easy Guernsey hat!

The pattern called for size US8 double pointed needles, which I don’t have so I used size 10 instead. This wasn’t an awesome plan because the hat was too loose and floppy. A run through the washer and dryer helped tighten it up a bit, and I think it will be a cute addition to my cool-weather wardrobe.

The rest of the project details can be found in my Ravelry projects.

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Guernsey Wrap detail

Knitted Guernsey Wrap

dark grey Brooklyn Tweed Guernsey Wrap

I started this Guernsey Wrap from Brooklyn Tweed in July while on vacation back home in Iowa. I’d been looking for something to knit that would be a good challenge but not too complicated since it had been awhile since I’d knitted anything.  Shawls kept coming up during my search, but they seemed too delicate or feminine for my taste. I wanted something practical like a shawl, but with a more timeless design.

I like the way the designers at Brooklyn Tweed create projects that merge traditional with modern. And this particular pattern was just knit and purl stitches. Nothing complicated, but the pleasing panels of varied stitch patterns add texture and interest. It also has a graphic pattern which I prefer over more organic designs.

In order to properly block this wrap, lace blocking wires are required. Which means I had to buy a kit of lace blocking wires…hopefully I’ll make something again in the future that needs them so they’re not a one-use purchase.

I’m really happy with the wrap and I think I’ll get a lot of use out of it since it’s a neutral color. The worsted yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Salt & Pepper, and it’s so soft and snuggly — I love it. Specs for this project can be found on my Ravelry page.