My set of Glacier Hats is finished! I designed this pattern myself when I was so inspired by this lopi from Twisted Sisters Mill in Rollyview, Alberta. It's mostly alpaca, with a bit of wool for stretch and some silk noils for interest. The blue colourway really reminded me of a glacier; it's the same blue you see in the thickness of the ice that's a hundred years old, like in this glacier in Jasper.
Couple this with the fact that we were having a blustery, chilly winter and that I was craving a new windproof hat, and the Glacier Hat was born.
I designed in some features that are suited for cooler climates: a tight fit, so the wind can't blow through, and (my favourite) a longer brim at the back than the front, thanks to the magic of short rows. I can't count how many hats I have made that, when I try to make them long enough to cover my ears and a little bit of my neck, the brim then ends up in my eyes. I found myself flipping up the brim of a hat I made, but only at the front, and then had a brainstorm: what if I used short rows to mimic the shape I was trying to get?
It worked, and this hat fits so well and is so comfortable. The alpaca is warm and lusciously soft, the wool makes the hat a bit springy, and the optional pompom adds a bit of flair.
The pattern is written up and being test-knitted now, and I'm hoping to release the pattern soon. I'm also hoping to put together some kits for this hat, so keep your eyes peeled for that.