Scott Beckman's Honey Drudger
I have been majorly crushing on Spincycles’s Dyed in the Wool for months now, but I had no idea what to do with it. I just knew that I wanted to make sure the pattern properly showcased the complexity of the yarn. So I hopped on to Ravelry and found the perfect pattern...the Honey Drudger by Mer Stevens. This hat uses one skein of the Dyed in the Wool and one skein of a solid color yarn allowing the DITW to really stand out.
Pattern: Honey Drudger by Mer Stevens
Materials: 1.5 skeins Quince & Co. Chickadee in Gingerbread (available in-store) + .5 skeins Spincycle Dyed in the Wool in Mississippi Marsala
Size Made: Adult Large + fold up brim
I decided to make a hat for my husband, Scott, for his birthday and had him help me choose the yarn colors. We picked ‘Mississippi Marsala’ as the DITW color and Quince and Co’s Chickadee in ‘Gingerbread’ for the solid.
This hat looks extremely complex and it can be a bit intimidating at first, but it’s actually mosaic knitting which turns out to be very pleasant! I like to think of mosaic knitting as the funky and sophisticated cousin of colorwork. You only ever hold one color at a time which is the really fun secret!
The brim is probably what took me the longest since I chose to knit the fold-up brim version to give Scott maximum ear coverage on really cold days. After the brim was done, the body was really fun to do because it was never boring! I learned a new stitch, you change colors every 2 rows and it was really exciting to see how the colors in the DITW were going to present themselves.
I think it’s safe to say that Scott loves his new hat and I love it so much that I am halfway through with one for myself! I chose ‘Heart Sigh’ for the DITW and ‘Kittywake’ for the Chickadee.