Judy Furlong has taken the shape of the traditional South American chullo hat and added Mongolian influences with this unisex adult design. “Listening to the wind howling and remembering the drifting snow of last winter has to be the inspiration for this hat,” says Judy. “The symbols used continue the theme, and include the I Ching trigram figure for Heaven and relates to father as the family relationship and the head as the associated body part. The design and yarn used both contribute to making this hat very cosy.”
It’s created using Lang Yarns Carezza, a blend of fine merino and polyamide that has a distinctive fluffy fringing and comes in a range of rich, jewel-like colours. Judy says: “There are no particularly special techniques involved other than Fair Isle and a little bit of intarsia on the earflaps. Although the yarn is carried over more than five stitches in some places, the nature of the yarn seems to hold the floats and so they don’t require to be woven in.” The hat has a knitted lining for extra warmth and the earflaps are finished off with plaited strands.