Saturday, 26 January 2013

MIDNIGHT in the HIGHLANDS


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Late last year, whilst on holiday, I was inspired by the autumnal colours of the west highlands of Scotland.   Simply they were MAGIC.  I know I have shared these photos before but the highlands are just so amazing I am sharing again.







How can you NOT be INSPIRED to CREATE with colours like these?  So, finally this week I managed to get some work done on my first highland inspired pattern.  Here is my highland project a delightful, winter warm HAT and MITTENS set.


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I crochet with two different yarns - first yarn is one of my favourite Donegal Tweed Aran  


and the second yarn Rowan Alpaca Cotton  


Aren't the colours simply divine? deep, rich shades of purple, reminiscent of blackberries and blueberries.


The two yarns compliment each other very well and create the perfect gaps of colour between the different stitch rows. 
 

Of course, you can choose other yarns, the pattern can be adapted to other similar yarns, just match the yarn weight and gauge/tension. 

How much yarn?
  
Hat - whole of one 50g ball of Rowan Alpaca Cotton = 135m

Mittens - 3/4 of one 50g ball of Rowan Alpaca Cotton

My estimate for the Donegal Tweed Aran is approximate 80-100gr for both hat and mittens, because I was using my leftovers from a 200g hank.


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Naturally, I have made this set for moi.... I am in desperate need of a new hat and mittens... I seem to be always making stuff for everyone else... and I end up wearing something I made 5 years ago.... doh!  

Here are the PATTERN DETAILS:  
Skill Level:  Intermediate
Yarn:  Donegal Tweed Aran and Rowan Alpaca Cotton
Hook:  5mm
Gauge/Tension:  16sts to 4in (10cm)
Size:  Adult - Ladies - Medium/Large


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the pattern is now available 
from these on-line stores

Ravelry,   Craftsy,   Etsy  
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Enjoy every moment,
focus on every stitch,
create a masterpiece....
ciao, ciao...

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