Remember the Smooshy I was drooling over?

Here’s the hat I knit up with it for my LYS, The Golden Fleece.

The Orion hat

I’m calling the hat Orion, since the design looks like a belt of stars. The Golden Fleece will be giving the pattern away free with yarn purchase. (My friend Alice is graciously serving as hat model.)

Melissa did the pattern layout, and we included some shots of the stranding in action. My goal was to write it clearly enough that someone who’s never knit with two colors before would feel comfortable taking this hat on as a first stranded project. That’s also why I went with a single band of colorwork. I figured that stranding while decreasing and using double-points wouldn’t be beginner-friendly. (Leastways, that combination sure didn’t feel feel friendly to me when I was trying to do it all for the first time last spring!) I was also aiming for a unisex pattern, so that it could fill a variety of needs.

The skeins are very generous (450 yards each), so I have lots of yarn left over to play with, and I haven’t decided yet what I’ll make. Fingerless gloves? Something lacy? Another hat? Lace for edging pillow cases? (The yarn is superwash.)