|Photo courtesy of the American Gotland Sheep Society.|
While I have yet to come across bona fide Stansborough fleece to spin, I was quite happy with my experience with Gotland. It's very dense and silky - almost heavy-feeling, yet it was fairly easy to spin. It has a halo similar to mohair, and though I've read that commercially-prepared Gotland top has a matte, slightly coarse quality, I didn't find this to be true of the fiber I spun (if you're wondering, I purchased it from Spinning Straw into Gold).
|Grey Gotland Roving from Spinning Straw into Gold.|
- Approx. 150 yards (6oz.) two-ply Grey Gotland Handspun Yarn (8 WPI); an Aran yarn would be an appropriate substitute if you are looking to use commercially made yarn
- US #8 (5mm) circular and DPN needles
- US #6 (4mm) circular needle
- Darning needle
- Stitch marker
15 sts and 24 rows = 4" in pattern stitch.
Approx. 19.5" circumference; however, it is very easy to customize this hat as you go since it is knit from the top down.
Rnds 1-4: K all sts.
Rnd 5: P all sts.
Rnds 6-7: K all sts.
Rnd 8: P all sts.
Rnd 1: *Kf&b all sts.
Rnd 2: *Kf&b, k1, rep from * to end.
Rnd 3: *Kf&b, k2, rep from * to end.
Rnd 4: *Kf&b, k3, rep from * to end.
Rnd 5: *Pf&b, p4, rep from * to end.
Rnd 6: *Kf&b, k5, rep from * to end.
Rnd 7: *Kf&b, k6, rep from * to end.
Rnd 8: *Pf&b, p7, rep from * to end.
Rnd 9: *Kf&b, k8. rep from * to end.
Rnd 10: *Kf&b, k9, rep from * to end.
Rnd 11: *Kf&b, k10, rep from * to end.
Switch to US#8 circular needles (if using) and work in stitch pattern without increasing til hat measures 7.5" or desired length.
Switch to US#6 circular needles and work *k1, p1 rib for 1.5 inches.
Cut a tail of yarn that is three times the circumference of the knitting to be bound off. Use a sewn bind off or your favorite stretchy bind off method.
Weave in ends and block. Enjoy!
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