I knit a lovely little periwinkle cashmere hat this week and have decided to share the pattern with you. I made this hat to replace another hat I made in January that I intended to be my official winter hat but sadly it ended up being too big on me (later-to-be-blogged.) It now lives on the head of a male friend of mine who is a much better fit and looks quite fetching in it if I do say so myself.
The premise of the pattern was this: what yarn can I use that will allow me to knit on US #9's. I love #9's. They are the perfect size needle. Not too big and not too small, they are the Goldilocks of knitting needles; they always seem to yield a really plump fabric and are extremely satisfying to knit on. I have met one other knitter in my life who also shared my affinity for #9's, my beloved former LYS coworker Jane. She told me that she had often joked with others that she was going to write a book called, "Knitting On #9's" (it does has a nice ring to it) because they're just that awesome. No US #9's in your arsenal? I'm not surprised. They're a really elusive size, stuck between the ever popular US #8 and the go-to chunky needle: the US #10 1/2. If you get the chance, you really ought to treat yourself to a project on #9's. Perhaps on this little hat pattern, even.
Speaking of #9's and knitting on luxurious things, have you ever knit on 8 ply cashmere? No? OMG YOU'RE MISSING OUT. Yes, I am aware that it costs a small fortune but maybe buy just enough for a small hat or some fingerless mitts, honestly it's like knitting with butter. And so warm. Sooo warm. You won't regret it, I promise.
I've never designed a pattern around a needle size before now but I'm thinking there's something to it because there sure are a lot of needle sizes I'd like to avoid. Like US #4's. I hate those. Be a small needle or be a large needle, ain't nobody got time for these in-between needles. Just kidding, I'm cool with #4's. Just as long as I don't see them too often.
I hope you too can soon find a little time for knitting on #9's. Download Woolily here.