My design ideas and advice:
I love designing simple, easy to knit patterns that might look complicated to the beginner but are very easy to knit. And for the experienced knitter? I like to create simple patterns as refreshers in-between complicated patterns or mindless knitting, to sit with and relax and switch off.
This is the Bradley Hat, a simple colourwork hat. It uses the simple slip stitch technique so you are only ever using one colour in the row. It is worked in pieces and then sewn together.
I like to give names to my patterns that relate to the pattern in some way. For me this simple slip stitch pattern remains me of brickwork. So I looked in to the history of brick making in Yorkshire and found there was a Victorian company from Wakefield that specialised in manufacturing brickmaking machinery. They were called Bradley & Craven Ltd.
I chose the Jamieson’s yarn because of it’s history. It is a Shetland yarn that is exactly that, the fleece is grown, sheared and spun on the Shetland Islands. Something that is close to my heart and I love that the craft is still continuing today.
For this pattern I used:
Yarn & Amounts: One 25g ball each of Jamieson’s Spindrift in shade A (Charcoal 126), shade B (Heron 315) and shade C (Steel 320).
Needles: 3mm and 3.25mm.
Gauge (tension): 27 stitches and 46 rows to 10cm/4ins square over pattern using 3.25mm needles.
Sizes: To fit adult average sized head