By Gudrun Johnston
I am always impressed by the myriad shades of colour that can be seen in Shetland, the blues of the sea, the mossy greens and browns of the hillside and the bright pops of wildflowers and heather in the summer. I never tire of walking in this landscape and soaking in the rich palette. I also love to wear a slouchy style hat that can be pulled down to cover my ears when it’s cold and windy outside! All of these elements played a part in this design. The Bousta Beanie uses three colours combined to great effect within a simple Fair Isle pattern. What with all the colours available in Shetland yarn the possibilities are endless!
This hat was originally designed for Shetland Wool Week 2017
18 inch circumference at brim; 9 ½ inches tall from brim to crown.
US 2/3mm 16-inch circular needle
US 4/3.5mm 16-inch circular needle
US 4/3.5mm set of dpn’s or long circular needle (if prefer using magic loop)
Three shades of 4ply weight yarn in the following quantities:
Yarn A: 120m / 130yds
Yarn B: 60m / 65yds
Yarn C: 60m / 65yds
Pom pom (optional): 45m / 50yds
Jamieson’s Spindrift Colourway : (100% Shetland; 115 yards/25g)
1400 Mirry Dancers (MC), 246 Wren (CC1) and 423 Burnt Ochre (CC2)
Note: You can’t really go too wrong when choosing colours for this hat! You can go subtle or bold!
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends