peerie flooers

I have surprised myself, and completed the pattern for the hat! Because I drafted everything up beforehand and was, in effect, my own test knitter, I was able to work from my own charts, tweaking everything as I went. After some careful graft yesterday, and a cool editorial eye this morning, it is now available here or here!

“Peerie flooers” means “little flowers” in Shetland dialect. I was stunned by the beautiful jewel-like moorland flowers while in Shetland this June. This hat recalls those tiny flowers, and their bright Summer colours. If you would like to knit this hat in a proper Shetland yarn, rather than a Yorkshire one, Jamieson and Smith jumper weight is ideal. (I’ve listed full colourway information for both yarns over on the designs page.) The pattern includes two sizes – I am wearing ‘small’ here – but the ‘medium’ size is slightly deeper and more slouchy.

This hat seems to have been the result of several kinds of happenstance. We actually planned to go away to Islay this past weekend, but decided to put off the trip until next month because Tom needed to work on his latest grant application. The fact that he was slaving away meant that I had nothing to do except knit like crazy, walk Bruce, and provide the occasional snack and cup of tea. For me, the result of this was a hat – but Tom was at least as intensely focused, and we must keep our fingers crossed for the outcome of that grant. . .

Time to put the kettle on – we have an exciting visitor today!

enjoy the peerie flooers!