For my birthday last month I received a Goats of Inversnaid knitting kit (pattern links at bottom of post) containing Buachaille wool. I was super excited to unwrap it and start knitting! So much so that once I started I couldn’t stop; a week later I had a new hat and pair of gauntlets.
This wool is absolutely gorgeous; the colour is rich and the texture is light and lofty but sturdy. I enjoyed knitting every stitch with it. Three skeins made a hat and two gauntlets; I have some wool left over too.
I started with the hat. The pattern advised working inside out to keep the colour work even. It worked really well. Knitting this way mean’t it was much harder to pull the floats any tighter than the width of the hat – a good thing for a tight knitter like me!
The whole thing came together really quickly (excuse the big eye bags!).
On the crown of the hat is a circle of hearts and kissing goats (it took me a while to realise). Such a nice touch. Scott said I look like I’ve dozed off in this photo haha!
If I’m being super picky there is one thing that bothers me; a slight pucker at the top where I worked the beginning and end of a few rows. Padding out the hat a bit better during blocking probably would have helped smooth it out. Anyway, it’s a really minor thing. The hat fits well and is nice to wear so I’m happy :)
Next up – gauntlets!
After knitting the ribbing and a few rows of the goat pattern I realised the gauntlets were going to be much too big for my small wrists – even though they are suppose to be a loose fit. In the end I dropped down a needle size and knitted the gauntlets with 3mm needles. This size gave a better fit around my wrists and provided enough room to fit the widest part of my hands in.
These are now my go-to gloves. Thankfully the weather has been cold since I cast off so I’ve had plenty of wear out of them.
Now my kit is finished I am reading through Kate Davie’s Yoke book, trying to decide what my next big project will be. I should have taken a photo of the cover really, the yoke on the front is one my favourites.
Thanks to Scott for standing in the freezing cold to take photos of my new knitwear!
- Pattern: Goats of Inversnaid (Ravelry link) by Kate Davies
- Wool: Buachaille
- Wool colours: Highland Coo (rusty orange), Between Weathers (blue), Ptarmigan (white)
- Skeins: 3 – one of each colour
- Knitting needles: 3.25mm, 3.5mm. 3mm and 2.75mm for a personal gauge alteration.