I am fairly convinced that Mina Philipp is a super woman. She is a fantastic knitting pattern designer who is constantly creating some of the most beautiful patterns I've ever seen. (*cough* Changes Shawl *cough*)
I've wanted to be a pattern tester for her for some time, but, as you can imagine, the position is much desired by many knitters. Somehow, I managed to get my name in soon enough to be a tester for her newly released Cumulus Hat.
The Cumulus Hat is actually part of a "collection" with the Cumulus Cowl. It is a simple colorwork hat with slipped and wrapped stitches. I haven't done much colorwork knitting yet and I was able to work up this hat with no trouble at all. So if you're a colorwork newbie too, never fear! Mina's instructions are perfectly clear and you can absolutely tackle this pattern.
The pattern contains six different sizes ranging from Baby all the way up to Adult L. That means you can knit matching hats for the entire family! Wouldn't this be too utterly adorable for words in a baby size??
I used two strands of fingering weight yarn held together throughout the hat. All the yarn except for the green is Emmy Couture Yarns on the Dumble base: 75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon. The main colorway is "Bluebell," then I used random minis of "Emerald," (which is on the Tiria base: 70% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon/5% Stellina) "Sophie's Shawl," (mauve) and "Moiré." (pink)
I think my favorite part of the hat might just be the brim. I am not a fan of the typical ribbing you get on the edge of a hat, sleeve cuff, neckband, etc. It stretches out so quickly while you're wearing the garment. I don't like loose hats that slip about all the time and must be constantly adjusted.
For the Cumulus Hat, Mina includes instructions on how to work a folded brim. This was my first time trying it and I LOVE it. This is the only style of brim I will be working on hats or sweater neckbands from now on. It is squishy and substantial enough to stay put. If feels snug but not tight and I couldn't be happier about that.
I'm tempted to try this folded ribbing trick with socks now. Maybe that will help them to stay up too!
I genuinely love the idea of knitting the Cumulus hat or cowl while changing the contrast color after every repeat like Mina did for her version. After all, I do love a good rainbow! I'm imagining a neutral grey background with a ton of pops of color throughout. Just gorgeous.