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Finished Projects - From Amsterdam to Brighton, the story of my Pollen hat

Finished Projects - From Amsterdam to Brighton, the story of my Pollen hat

In the summer of 2018 I got to travel to Amsterdam to celebrate my thirtieth birthday. before we left, I did the usual big of research, gathering up a list of sights to see and the best places to eat or drink coffee. In recent years I’ve been adding local yarn shops on to my ‘must see’ lists for exploring. I love buying yarn from somewhere new and I love that my knitting then carries that memory of a place explored.

A quick instagram ask led me to Stephen and Penelope and on one particularly dreamy afternoon in Amsterdam, between coffee drinking and exploring, I popped in to browse the beautiful yarns and projects on display.

I settled on a Japanese merino called Genmou, meaning raw wool in Japanese due to its crimpy texture resembling raw fibres before they are spun. I choose the colour Ginger and had in mind Andrea Mowry’s pattern Pollen Hat, a slouchy hat with an interesting zig zag stitch pattern which I thought would work well with the crimpy texture of the merino. The hat was also a good unisex option as I was planning to give it to Yohaan, who had been (not very) patiently waiting for me to make him something for about four years.

Stephen and Penelope

I started the project on a sun lounger while we were visiting my parents (perhaps where all knitting projects should happen!?) The project was perfect for holiday knitting; interesting yet not too complicated or requiring too much concentration. Ideal for picking up to sneak in a few rows while watching the kids.


The pattern was written for a worsted weight yarn and Genmou is DK weight, but holding two strands of yarn double worked fine for the right tension. I usually work in 4ply weight wool for Button and Blue and it’s so nice switching to a chunkier yarn as it knits up so quickly!


And here it is! I am really pleased with how it turned out! It looks good as a slouchy hat or with the rim rolled up and it has been worn pretty much every day while it’s been so chilly. But I mostly love it because whenever I see it I think of my weekend in Amsterdam.

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