This was one of the first projects that I saw on Knitty and was drawn to back when I first started knitting in 2006. I set it aside because I knew I would never try fair isle or stranded knitting. After becoming obsessed with Norwegian Mittens (thanks to the book Selbuvotter), I wanted to give myself a fairly simple beginner project to try out before jumping into the fingering weight projects. After watching the fair isle video on knittinghelp.com, I was able to figure out continental knitting and carrying yarn in two hands, so I decided to give this project a try.
The only difficulty I had as a new continental knitter (for the left strand only), was that I was having a hard time knitting with doubled yarn and larger needles. The hat is still a bit bumpy due to gauge issues, but I‚Äôm pretty sure that a good blocking will help that out. Now, I'm definitely ready to start making some Norwegian mittens.
The yarn, Heavenly, is a soft, soft superwash merino, The lady at the yarn store said she‚Äôs had great luck with this yarn for baby projects. I would definitely use this yarn again, and it‚Äôs extremely affordable for wool ($4.50/100 yds).