The knit and crochet along part of the Indie Design GAL on Ravelry is in full swing (there are prizes to be won; see here for full details, note that you will have to be logged into Ravelry for the link to work), and I've been knitting one of my own patterns, the Christmas Pudding Hat, as my latest project in the KAL. The Christmas Pudding Hat was the first pattern I published, just over two years ago, and is still one of my most popular. I was hoping that my daughter would be able to wear the prototype that I knitted for my son, however, my daughter is much smaller than my son ever was, so that hat is massive on her! So I hunted through the stash and located the leftovers from Can't Catch Me (Wendy Merino DK), which are the perfect colours for a rustic pudding, as well as being lovely and soft and warm - perfect for winter.
The hat was a pretty quick knit; I finished it in a couple of days. The hat itself is knitted in reverse stocking stitch - I enjoy purling, but know it's not everyone's cup of tea, so you could just as easily knit the hat in standard stocking stitch, then turn it inside out. The sauce is knitted separately, then stitched in place as I liked the three-dimensional effect that gives, then the leaves and berries are knitted and attached at the end.
All blocked and ready to wear now! Just need to wait for December to start, then it shall be worn pretty much constantly!
Do you want to knit a Christmas Pudding Hat too? The pattern is available in my Ravelry store, and is written for 5 sizes from baby to adult male. Also, in the spirit of the GAL, I'm giving away one copy of the pattern. If you'd like to win it, leave your Ravelry username or email address in the comments section by 11.59pm GMT on Sunday 30th November 2014 and I'll draw a name from the (metaphorical, possibly even actual) hat sometime on Monday. The winner will be announced on my blog and contacted via email or Ravelry messenger.