The Winter 2014 Issue of Knitty came out yesterday. I was excited to see the unveiling of my pattern, Tourbillon. I previously called my hat "Swirl". I am grateful to the Knitty team for picking up a more unique name for my pattern.
Hats are quick to make. Fair Isle is my favourite knitting technique. I can experiment with different colour combinations and chart designs without purling! How nice that is =) Also, Shetland wool is unique. It's stiff at first but after several washes the knitted fabric will become soft and warm to wear, with a light and fluffy drape. Also, it comes with many, many beautiful colours. I like to swatch with different colour combinations, and yes, hats are the perfect functional swatches for bigger projects, such are vests and cardigans.