I fell in love with Ariosa the moment I touched it. This yarn’s soft and airy hand is incredibly appealing. The yarn is chunky, warm, and delicate at the same time. I wanted to make something that would take advantage of its lofty texture and be fun and inventive.
I’ve always been drawn to designs that are wearable but also slightly quirky. I love exploring color and think incorporating two different colors into a cable gives it a different, three-dimensional quality. I picked the richer, earthier hues that would contrast with one another and match the bravado of the hat’s design, as well as capture the richness of the fall season. It was clear that the piece needed to be finished in some way but I felt that a traditional pompom would distract from the hat itself so I came up with a knitted pompom which I think compliments the light-heartedness of the design.
Ariosa 90% extra fine merino, 10% cashmere
Ariosa is a light and airy blend of extra fine merino and cashmere. Extra fine merino has a low micron count. A fiber’s softness is determined by its diameterthe smaller the diametermicron countthe softer it is against the skin.
Extra fine merino also has a long staple, a feature that adds luster and allows Ariosa’s relaxed twist to resist pilling. While garments knit in chunky-weight Ariosa will keep you warm, they’re light and lofty to wear.
It’s thought that the word pom-pom was derived from the French “Pom-pon” which when translated means “ornamental sphere.” Pippa opted to make a knit and stuffed pompom, instead of the more traditional multi stranded, center tied version. A knitted pompom is worked by casting on a small number of stitches, then quickly increasing, working even for a bit, then decreasing the stitches as quickly as they were increased. Yarn is threaded through the remaining stitches and pulled tight to narrow the opening. Then the hollow knit ball is stuffed to keep it round and perky.