Schachenmayr yarn company recently held a competition with its own Facebook Page, “My Mountain“, to design a hat using one of their new yarns. Though my design wasn’t chosen for the semifinals, I really enjoyed the experience and the inspiration to design a new hat! My design entry was the Mount Alberta Hood, using their easy care acrylic yarn “Bravo Big.” It’s available in tons of solid colours and marls–and in bright, fun prints as well, in the “Bravo Big Color”–in huge 200g/120m balls. My hoods are shown in the beige “Camel” colour 105; the adult hood took just 1.25 balls, which left me with just enough to make the Small Child/Toddler size–after I made the ears I had only 1 metre remaining, though!
The Mount Alberta Hood Pattern is available now as a direct download for $5.00.
The Mount Alberta Hood is named for a mountain in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Alberta. Mt. Alberta was, in turn, named for Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s 6th child–her full name was Louisa Caroline Alberta. Louise spent a few years in Canada, from 1878-1883, when her husband, Lord Lorne, served as the Governor General.
The province of Alberta and Lake Louise (both the lake and the town) were also named in honour of Princess Louise. Louise was very active in her support of women’s and children’s rights and education, and it was her untiring, hands-on work in this area that I truly admire Louise for. Princess Louise was a respected artist–a painter and sculptor.
Louise was also an avid fly-fisher, once landing a 40-pound salmon at their river-front summer cabin in Quebec. She even shipped salmon ‘home’ to Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace, packed in ice!
The Mount Alberta Hood is the 1st design in the “Princess Louise Collection”–watch for more designs, coming soon! It features a face-framing rolled edge, reminiscent of Victorian-era hood designs that often called for 2-4 inches to be rolled back, sometimes first being stuffed with light “wadding” (like a light quilt batting). If it is particularly unpleasant weather, the front can be unrolled to offer more protection from wind and snow! Or, the Hood can be rolled down or worn unbuttoned.
These are the 2 hoods I made using 2 – 200g balls of Bravo Big:
Great use of yarn, but if your tension is looser than mine you might run out! I tried to make the Child Size, and did run out–so ravelled it out and started over with 8mm needles instead of 10mm.
After designing the hoods I decided to offer the option of transforming it into the Cumberland Bear Hood.
The Village of Cumberland, where I live on Vancouver Island, has several “resident” bears–they live in the forests surrounding the village, but make forays into town to help themselves to unpicked apples, pears, and plums. A video was recently made of our local REAL Mama Bear and her twin cubs. Remember: bears are large, wild animals; mothers especially can be very dangerous and unpredictable if they think their cubs are being threatened. Within hours of the film being taken, these cubs were live-trapped by Conservation officers–who, luckily, decided to release them again to rejoin their mother: the trio was allowed to make off for their forest home. You can see the “Cumberland Bears” video on YouTube; or on the Fox&Bee Facebook Page.
The Mount Alberta Hood pattern is available now for C$5.00 as an instant download pdf file.
To make it you will need 120 to 150m of bulky or super bulky weight yarn, depending on the size you make and what yarn you use; 10mm single point needles (plus a smaller single point needle too); and a yarn needle to sew the top seam. NOTE: to make the smaller Child size Hood like the one shown on the little cream coloured teddy bear, you’ll need 8mm needles; the size will fit 1-3 years. The Child Size hood made with 10mm needles will fit 4-12 years. In these photos, the blue hoods are made with vintage White Buffalo “Unspun,” and the black hoods with Briggs & Little “Country Roving.” You can make the Hoods rounded, like the black and the blue Adult Hoods, or pointed on the top like the blue Child Size Hood. There is a Bonus Cowl Pattern, too!