I finally started tackling my knitting list, and of course it is not as easy as I thought it would be. Clever designs are great but slower to finish.
I put this particular project down for a full knitting day, except that although I found the perfect yarn colour and type (from the Village Haberdashery) my gauge was way off! You cannot find Phildar Givre (the recommended yarn) anymore, it has been discontinued, so making a gauge is essential (not just me saying it, so do a lot knitters on ravelry on this project). I went 2 needles size to get the right gauge.
It also took me 2 hours to work out the twisted German cast on. To be fair I was watching the wrong YouTube video, but this one is brilliant. And this cast on is in fact brilliant!
The finish is great - looking sturdier and neater than other cast on techniques - and it is super stretchy - so ideal for socks and hats. I will be using it more often!
The knitting of the hat is in fact not in the round but in the round (it is confusing, you have to have read the pattern) is also brilliant and saves a lot of yarn.
Pattern: Foxy & Wolfie by Katy Tricot (available on Ravelry)
Needles: 4.5 (DPNs) and 5 mm (circular)
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset and Natural (found here)
The next stage should be knitted fast now that I understood the concept. I am so happy to have chosen this pattern, I feel like I am learning a lot of techniques I will be able to use in future projects - worth every penny.