Project Inspiration - Luoto
Weather forecasters tell us winter isn't over yet -- and perhaps the worst of it is still to come -- so there's no better time to cast on a Luoto hat from Laine Magazine Issue 4. Worked in a chunky yarn, this stylish and practical winter hat works up in just a few hours and will soon be keeping your head toasty warm and stylish.
Luoto is a wonderful pattern as written, but of course I made a few modifications because that's how I roll. First, I substituted my own hand-dyed HFS Merino Chunky for the Brooklyn Tweed Quarry. HFS Merino Chunky is a two ply 100% merino wool yarn that is soft to the touch and has a nice subtle sheen. I used a size 8 US for the ribbing and a size 9 US for the rest of the hat.
Rather than a fold up brim, I did about 1.5" of ribbing and then moved on to the main section of the hat. Surprisingly there are no cables in this hat, making it perfect for adventurous beginners. The pattern is charted in an easy to understand style, so even if English is not your first language you should be able to get through this very easily.
The only additional modification I made was to substitute an alpaca fur pom pom for the yarn one. I used 1.25 skeins of the chunky for my version. I would estimated that if you did the brim and pom pom as written you would use two full skeins.
All in all, a quick fun knit. Beast of the East I'm ready for you.