Wednesday WIP – the Barley Hat

Have you come across Tin Can Knits? A creative collaboration by Alexa and Emily, their website and blog are well worth a visit. Lots of inspiration and tips, as well as lots of beautiful patterns, many of which are free. Bonus!

This hat pattern, called Barley, has been on my radar for a while – simple but effective – and this is my work-in-progress to share with you this week!


The ball band promised the right tension/gauge, but on the suggested needles I felt the fabric was too dense for this project. It needed more flexibility. So I’m using a larger needle and working the smaller size (medium adult), and it seems to be working out ok.

The yarn is Wendy Traditional Aran, 100% pure new wool, in the Loden colourway. I bought it at Knitique, a lovely wool shop near Lichfield, Staffordshire … more about that next time, perhaps?

The hat is destined to be a Christmas gift … so I’d better stop talking and get back to the knitting!

What’s on your needles this week? I’d love to hear all about it!














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4 Responses to Wednesday WIP – the Barley Hat

  1. swissrose says:

    I have had Tin Can Knits Snowflake jumper on my list for ages, even bought wool for it and then used most for something else, but yes!!! Right now, I’m knitting like the wind when I can, which I suppose most knitters are at this time of year lol.
    And coincidentally, I clicked on your post just after reading this… 😮

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    • yarnsmithery says:

      That’s a great link – thanks! I’ll look forward to seeing photos of your knits … after they have been gifted of course, so there’s no risk of spoiling the surprise 😉 Happy knitting! 🙂


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