Do any of you watch Outlander, the wildly popular show based on the series of books by Diana Gabaldon? It’s part historical romance, part fantasy and lots of adventure. I encourage you to watch the show if you haven’t seen it. It’s a visual delight with gorgeous sets, scenery and textiles. There’s an Outlander patterns group on Facebook dedicated to reproducing some of the designs from the show. I’d hazard a guess that I’m not the only new knitter who was inspired to create something from the show. Part of the show is set in the 18th century, so there are a lot of shawls and mitts and such. There’s a time travel element to it and we catch a brief glimpse of fashion knits from the 1960s, which inspired me to make this honeycomb hat. We should see more mid century fashion in the upcoming season.
One of the characters, Brianna, is a brash young woman attending university during a turbulent period of time. She’s highly intelligent, and her fashion sense leans towards mod and hip. One of the recognizable pieces is a camel colored honeycomb knit scarf.
I don’t need another scarf, but a lighter weight hat to go with my black coat is certainly welcome. I found a free pattern from Terry over at In The Loop Knitting and used it as the base for mine. The only real difference is I used 2 x 2 ribbing for the hat band. It did require an increase round but once I figured out how to go from 84 to 136 stitches it was fine. I used the knitting calculator from World Knits.
The honeycomb cable is fun to knit. Be careful during the first round of cabling because it’s hard to see if you’ve made a mistake. After the first round it’s quickly obvious. Finishing the hat is accomplished with a simple set of decreases. I added a faux fur poof to the top of my hat. It’s very jaunty. Like Brianna.
Be sure to drop by In the Loop Knitting to pick up the pattern and browse around. Terry has a great collection of patterns. I think I might make a pair of honeycomb mittens to go with the hat, but that’s another post.