Lodgepole Hat

When I first designed the Lodgepole Cowl this Fall, I had not envisioned the design going beyond that one piece.  However, while the pattern was being tested, I had several testers inquire about a matching hat, and whether or not it was in the plans.  At the time, I had so many other things going on, the thought hadn't even occurred to me.  So, I crunched a few numbers, cast on for a child's size to give it a try, and knew right away, the Lodgepole Cowl was destined to have a companion.  

Lodgepole Hat, child's size, shown in Luna Grey Fiber Arts Calypso, in Honeycomb and Nautical Blue

The kiddo's size worked up super quick and was a great way to use the leftovers from the cowl, with the colors reversed.  I quickly decided I must have one of my own!  

I have a little love affair with the Robin Red Breast colorway from Madelinetosh.  On their Tosh Merino base, it just seems to glow like a gorgeous, red-orange flame.  It just makes me happy.  So, I was able to find some of that colorway, which I believe is now discontinued (sad face), and paired it with the classic Antique Lace, for this fun, timeless little winter hat. 

Lodgepole Hat, size medium, shown in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino, in Robin Red Breast and Antique Lace

As was the case with the Lodgepole Cowl, the hat was just as much fun to watch unfold in the testing phase.  Look at some of these great hats from my wonderful group of test knitters!

Lodgepole Hat's, from top left to bottom right, courtesy of: tuckychic, grammyjoan, beckyswaff, mythik, qtipieknitter, and avasmom2007 (rav id's)

Luna Grey Fiber Arts also plans to offer the Lodgepole Hats as kits after the holidays, so watch for new posts or facebook updates about the kits! 

Now that I am completely hooked on these fun and fast little colorwork trees, I also have a design for next Fall in the works.  Here is a sneak peak....

Hope everyone is having a happy winter and good holiday season!

I will be back before the holidays, I hope, to share my girl's holiday sweater and a few other things!  If not, before the end of the year!

Remember, we still have a KAL going on in the ravelry group, and both the Lodgepole hat and cowl would be perfect little projects for the KAL!  Come visit us:  On the Porch [with Addiesma]