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Wensleydale beanie - fawn with green and cream stripes

wensleydale striped beanie hat by roses workshop

 

Here' s a lovely cosy hat to see you through the cold weather. I have hand-knit this women's beanie from a blend of two of the softest British wools: Wensleydale and Bluefaced Leicester. It has a stretchy ribbed welt to keep your ears warm, and a simple stripe design in beige, cream and pale green. The sweet little "Roses Workshop" brand label is laser etched faux leather.

As usual I hand-knit using needles "in-the-round" so there are no ugly or uncomfortable seams. To fit average adult head size 55-60cm (21.5-23 inches) and slightly stretchy for a comfortable fit.

I love working with the many different wools produced here from British breeds of sheep. The Wensleydale is from Yorkshire; it has long shiny, crinkly wool that looks like dreadlocks. The Blue-faced Leicester looks down it's long roman nose at you. It is the skin which is dark blue/grey colour - the wool is white and curly, and one of the softest in the UK.

Hand-washing is best to keep pure wool in top condition, but if your machine has a cool/ gentle/ wool setting then that works too! Never put wool into a tumble drier, as it will shrink and felt.

More beanies and berets and hats here: Beanies and berets.

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