knitting shetland

my baa-ble hat

I do love a quick knit and if you’re looking for something to knock up in a few nights or even less if you are also trying to knit a hap.. I would definitely suggest this years free Shetland Wool Week pattern – The Baa-ble Hat. Designed by Donna Smith, this years patron for Wool Week, this hat contains everything I like: pom poms (big fan) thick wirsit (cant go wrong) and sheep motifs (love sheep)


I decided to go for more of a grey colour scheme than the original hat but I think it still represents how Shetlands outdoors look a majority of the year (sorry folks) I obviously have quite a short head so I did the last few decreases a bit more rapidly than the pattern, Instead of every other row I decreased every row for my flat head.


My stash has begun to get out of control due to a few recent acquisitions of quite a lot of old Shetland Wool from the saleroom, charity shops and that huge amount I was given by a family friend. I used to be horrendous for buying clothes, I have replaced that with buying wool so I really wanted to use stash yarn so I used Shetland Aran, sadly now discontinued but you can still get the darker grey and black that I used, the second colourway Donna designed is using the new Worsted Shetland Aran from my work which is really nice too so I might make another one..!


The pattern is available free from the Shetland Wool Week website here, it makes a great introduction to Fair Isle knitting but also knits up nice and quickly, Its addictive seeing the sheep emerge which I think is the sign of a good Fair Isle pattern.. you need to see more!

Speak soon, X

15 comments on “my baa-ble hat

  1. I’ve had my eye on this pattern since it was released a few weeks ago. I love your version of it, Ella!

  2. Me too! I am adding it to my queue – thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Lovely hat, I really like the greys! & is that another Puffin jumper?

    • Thanks Alison, no it is a vintage yoke I got off eBay, Lacey yokes were very popular for a while, I’ll maybe do a post on it someday!

  4. Super pattern and super work!

  5. It’s so cute! Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Waiting to receive it in my mailbox.

  6. Too funny, EVERYTHING you love in this hat, pom-poms, wirsit and sheep!! nice job.

  7. I need to make myself that hat!! I do love my Shetland sheep!!

  8. alixpearson

    Have you cut your hair? It looks lovely. That jumper is delicious – a post about lace yokes would be fascinating.

    • I have, thank you! My hair is very thick so once it gets a certain length I have to cut it short and grow again! I will definitely do a post sometime xx

  9. Your hat is adorbs. And OMG that sweater! Please do a post!!!

  10. This is absolutely amazing. I would love to be able to knit, but have only ever managed to master a few rows.

  11. Oh love the sheep, the grey colours work perfectly!

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