I won this yarn, Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky Naturals, in a raffle for a charity event where we were making hats for newborns. It’s probably the softest, warmest yarn I’ve worked with in years, but unfortunately, 1) it’s discontinued and I only had 1 hank and 2) the yardage was low.
I tried to make a hat with it first. I have a pretty small head and thought it could be more of a cap than anything else, but at the end I had to admit it was too small. I didn’t want to find someone smaller for it, so I took it apart and decided to make a cowl.
A while ago, I made a hat for a friend with the pattern from Chunky Dean Street Hat. There’s a cable in this that does NOT require a cable needle – being the knitting geek that I am, at the time this just blew my mind and I think I finished the hat in the course of 2 days because I thought the pattern was so cool.
I cast on with size 15 US/10.0mm needles (the biggest ones I had on hand) and had a cowl within a couple of hours.