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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Reviving Nettie

Nancy recently released a sweet slouchy hat pattern called Nettie, based on the popular Felicity hat. Many knitters have been inspired by Nancy’s fabulous style and beginner-friendly patterns, and her newest pattern is a perfect addition to the collection.

Nettie can be knit in the round with no finishing. Or, it can be knit flat and seamed up the back with a cute little ruching detail. I love the ruching, so I decided to make the flat version in Rowan Purelife Revive.

Revive is made from recycled silk, cotton and viscose fabrics that have been processed into a really lovely, tweedy yarn. It is reminiscent of Rowan Summer Tweed, but in a finer gauge, making it perfect for summer garments.

I chose to knit blue and white stripes for a subtle nautical vibe and was pleasantly surprised by how nicely the tweedy bits tie the two colors together. It looks like little flecks of all colorways are present in each ball, so they will coordinate nicely in any combination.

My finished hat is perfectly soft and slouchy. I can see this coming in handy on those chilly morning trips to the farmer’s market or on a particularly bad hair day this summer.

Rowan has a Revive pattern booklet, Rowan Purelife Recycled Collection, with some great tunics, cardigans, tees, and even a few men’s pullovers. Parsnip and Pumpkin, below, are my favorites.

Even though Nancy has moved on to life in the big city, we can continue to find inspiration in her designs. Come by to check out the new Nettie hat in a cool new yarn, and choose your own combination for an eco-friendly hat or stylish summer sweater.

Thanks, Kirsten, for modeling for me!


  1. Cute! Don't we all need bad-hair-day hats?

    Really loved poking around the shop today. You all are wonderful! Thanks!

  2. Yay! A ruched Nettie hat!