Naturally Dyed Brisingamen Hat Kit - Blue

Sold by midgaardshave
$31.00
+ $21.21 shipping
$31.00
+ $21.21 shipping
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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from Denmark
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Made in Holstebro, Denmark

Item details

Yarn kit for knitting a Brisingamen Lined Hat. First two photos show the yarn kit, the last four show what your finished hat will look like.

The kit contains two 50 g (1.76 oz) skeins of yarn, one skein Norne and one skein Bestla, that I have hand-dyed using only natural dyes. This kit is dyed blue using natural indigo.

Norne is a one-ply wool yarn (640 m / 100 g, or 700 yd / 3.53 oz) which is excellent for lace and texture. This is for the outside, lacy part of the hat. Bestla is a two-ply yarn containing 65% merino wool and 35% silk (600 m / 100 g, or 656 yd / 3.53 oz). Both yarns are spun in the northern part of Denmark.

All yarn is washed and wound in cakes, ready to knit!

The price of the kit reflects the price of the yarn, the PDF pattern (available in English and Danish) is supplied free of charge when buying the kit.

After purchase, I will e-mail the pattern to the address you indicate. If you wish to add the pattern to your Ravelry library, please also put your Ravelry name in comments, then I will send it to you there as well.

The kit also comes in other colors, please check my other listings.


About natural dyes in general:

Natural dyes have been used for millennia, and are extracted mostly from plants, but can also come from animals, lichens, and mushrooms. Some natural dyes are not as light-fast as the modern dyes we are so used to - the dyes that come from fossil fuel by-products.

I use natural dyes that have the highest light-fastness, but in order to make sure that the color lives as long as the wool it's bound to, I recommend that the item is not dried in direct sun when washing it, and that it is stored away from direct sun when not in use.

Bits of plant matter can occur, since yarn and dyestuff come close together during dyeing,


About the design:

The Brisingamen Hat is constructed by making two provisional cast ons. Knitting from the first of them, a lined hem is created. The lacy outside of the hat is knit from this hem. Later, the second provisional cast on is used to knit a full lining.

The end result is a hat that consists of double fabric everywhere. The lace part, knit in the excellent (but not that soft) Norne 1-ply wool shows on the outside, while only the inside hem and lining, knit in wonderfully soft Bestla 2-ply silk-merino, touches the skin. Of course, the construction in two thin layers also makes the hat very lightweight, but warm.

Suitable for intermediate to advanced knitters.

Hat as shown:
- Size to fit head circumference of 57 cm (23 inches)
- Yarn: Midgaards Have Norne (100% wool, 640 m / 100 g, or 700 yd / 3.53 oz) and Midgaards Have Bestla (65% merino wool and 35% silk, 600 m / 100 g, or 656 yd / 3.53 oz)
- Needles: 2.5 mm (US 1½) and 3 mm (US 2½)
- Gauge: Twisted rib (k1 tbl, p1) in Norne, knit on a 2.5 mm (US 1½) needle: 26 sts x 12 rnds = 10 x 2.5 cm (4 x 1 inches). Lace pattern in Norne, knit on a 3 mm (US 2½) needle: 32 sts x 36 rnds = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inches). Stockinette stitch in Bestla, knit on a 2.5 mm (US 1½) needle: 27 sts x 43 rnds = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inches).


PS: In Norse mythology, Brisingamen is the fertility goddess Freya's fiery gold necklace. It was forged by four dwarves, and if you're interested in knowing which payment they demanded, I suggest you Google it yourself!


FAQs

Ordinary yarns and fabrics are dyed with synthetic dyes - that means chemicals that often come from oil, and a made in a chemical plant. There are thousands of dyes like that, some of them very safe, some of them being questioned. When you buy ordinarily dyed products, there is no way of telling which dye was used. Our yarn is dyed with natural substances only. That means plants, insects, mushrooms and even lichens. Whether picked in nature or bought from tropical growers, natural dyes are renewable resources. The only other substance we add to our yarn is alum, which is a salt that fixes the dye to the fiber. Alum has been used for this very purpose since Antiquity.

You can find a lot of information on natural dyeing on our webpage, midgaardshave.com

We use the best natural dyes in terms of wash- and lightfastness. But they do not behave the same way that synthetic colors do. Some, especially yellows, may slightly fade and mellow over time. Others may have an initial rub-off, but then stay light- and washfast after that. Madder and especially indigo behave this way - this has been known for centuries if not millenia, and is not considered a flaw in the product.

Our yarns are special and one-of a kind. We dye in very small batches, and furthermore, natural dyeing is inherently unpredictable. If knitting larger projects, we recommend changing between skeins every couple of rows. Even when dyeing the same base yarn with the same dyestuff, results cannot be replicated. If your project requires multiple skeins, make sure to order them all at one time - we are happy to take custom orders if the yarn/amount you wish is not currently in stock. Since yarn and dyestuffs come in close contact during dyeing, dyestuff dust or bits of plant matter can occur in the yarn. Also, colors are not always completely even, but we find that just adds a bit of personality.

Ordinary yarns and fabrics are dyed with synthetic dyes - that means chemicals that often come from oil, and a made in a chemical plant. There are thousands of dyes like that, some of them very safe, some of them being questioned. When you buy ordinarily dyed products, there is no way of telling which dye was used. Our yarn is dyed with natural substances only. That means plants, insects, mushrooms and even lichens. Whether picked in nature or bought from tropical growers, natural dyes are renewable resources. The only other substance we add to our yarn is alum, which is a salt that fixes the dye to the fiber. Alum has been used for this very purpose since Antiquity.

You can find a lot of information on natural dyeing on our webpage, midgaardshave.com

We use the best natural dyes in terms of wash- and lightfastness. But they do not behave the same way that synthetic colors do. Some, especially yellows, may slightly fade and mellow over time. Others may have an initial rub-off, but then stay light- and washfast after that. Madder and especially indigo behave this way - this has been known for centuries if not millenia, and is not considered a flaw in the product.

Our yarns are special and one-of a kind. We dye in very small batches, and furthermore, natural dyeing is inherently unpredictable. If knitting larger projects, we recommend changing between skeins every couple of rows. Even when dyeing the same base yarn with the same dyestuff, results cannot be replicated. If your project requires multiple skeins, make sure to order them all at one time - we are happy to take custom orders if the yarn/amount you wish is not currently in stock. Since yarn and dyestuffs come in close contact during dyeing, dyestuff dust or bits of plant matter can occur in the yarn. Also, colors are not always completely even, but we find that just adds a bit of personality.


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