Many of you who follow me on social media, or know me personally, will know that I am a huge owl fan, I go out and listen to them calling on Cannock Chase whenever possible. I am also a fan of creating my own knitting patterns and designs, so I merged the two passions together to create a hat and wrist warmers. Now, the actual owl design is a free design available on the internet (I found a charted version on pinterest). The hat and wrist warmers pattern was one that I had designed myself, and I encorporated the owl into the design.
The wool is Rowan Cocoon in shade ‘Emerald’ which is discontinued now (I had some in my stash). Its an aran weight/chunky yarn, usually knit on 7mm needles, but I knitted the pattern on 4.5mm DPN needles in the round. The beads I used for the owls eyes were some french jet beads I got from an antique fair many years ago, but small buttons could be used instead. I made the hat slightly slouchy, as I have huge hair which occasionally I pin up, so need a hat that will cover, but it could be adjusted easily to make a hat that is more fitted to the head. I am left undecided whether to add a pompom, I don’t really like them, but it might add something to the top!
The pattern will be added to my ravelry pattern store when I have added a few final touches. Let me know what you think…but for now…I’m off to see the owls in my new hat!