After a long, cold winter and a bit of a rocky start to spring, for that matter, I am beginning to see signs of fresh, green life returning to my corner of the world. Springs and summers tend to be busy around here, particularly at my day job, where things can get quite hectic, indeed. I usually find that I must remind myself to slow down and enjoy the warmth and the sun and the good feelings of the green earth around me. It was this desire to grab onto a bit of that leisurely life that inspired the Hillside Fairy House Hat.
You know the stories. In a far-away, make-believe land, the Fair Folk live in their houses under the hills. There they tend their gardens, swap tales at the local inn, and live in a pastoral landscape of rolling meadow. And everything is peaceful so long as a body gets seven meals a day, and nosey relations don’t come calling unannounced. I don’t know about you, but that’s where I want to be. Here in Appalachia, I have plenty of hills, gardens, and nosey relations. So why not bring a little more magic into the world with a whimsical hat inspired by those epic tales of adventure and the love of home and hearth? I am so very excited to wear this magical accessory to the local Renaissance Faires this season! I have a sneaking suspicion that this hat will look right at home in the Shire. If I can’t get to that magical land, at least I can conjure just a bit through to my own reality!
This is a versatile pattern with loads of options for personalization. There are notes on yarn substitution, construction, special stitches, and instructions to make TWO different versions! This is a strong intermediate to advanced pattern. There’s quite a bit of assembly and you will need to have a good understanding of how gauge works. The stitchwork is relatively straightforward, though. Go slow, and you’ll be fine. As you work, craft a story in your mind of the creature who lives in your house. Infuse their personality into each stitch and every choice you make, and you’ll be sure to have a magical creation that will be the perfect complement to any adventure you might find yourself undertaking! Pattern is available on both Ravelry and Etsy.