There's a brand new mega chunky yarn on the block ladies and gents, and guess who managed to get their hands on a skein when it was barely out of the mill! May I introduce Queen Bee, the latest offering from Outlaw Yarn. There has been enormous demand for mega chunky yarns since the arm and broomstick knitting craze, but not much on the market to meet the need. Thankfully Queen Bee is everything we'd hoped for.
To get a proper feel for it I designed a quick slouchy beanie and grabbed a passing child to photograph it on. Seethe pattern below if you'd like to make it yourself. It knits up so fast, you could knit a few for winter. Despite being wonderfully soft, this yarn has just enough twist and body to give it more durability than the roving style yarns. It manages to look like fluffy clouds and knit like something much more practical. I knit the beanie on 12mm needles, (smaller than the recommended size 15mm), because I wanted a firm, warm hat. It does indeed produce a sturdy fabric on this needle size, you wouldn't want to make a garment or scarf on anything under the 15mm, (unless it was a structured jacket). I was grateful for the softness on my hands when working at a tight gauge and the test child made no complaints of itchiness, phew!
I adore this subtle blue/grey and there are a couple of other sophisticated greys already released. However the vibe of Queen Bee is anything but serious. Be prepared for a colour assault! This yarn was designed to be in your face, loud and proud. The shocking pink is already calling my name and I've heard there are lots more extroverted colours to come. Just imagine all the fun to be had with mega chunky wild coloured yarn. Or, if you prefer to be discreet, stripe the bold colours with the neutrals.
Cast on 36 sts Join to work in the rnd; place marker for start of rnd. Brim Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end. Rep Rnd 1 five more times. Body Rnd 1: *K3, p1; rep from * to end. Rnds 2 and 3: Knit to end. Rnd 4: K1, *p1, k3; rep from * to last 3 sts, p1, k2. Rnds 5 and 6: Knit to end. Rep Rnds 1 to 6 once more. (For a less slouchy beanie repeat Rnd 1 only). Crown Decreases Rnd 1: *K4, k2tog; rep from * to end. (30 sts) Rnds 2 and 3: Knit to end. Rnd 4: *K3, k2tog; rep from * to end. (24 sts) Rnds 5 and 6: Knit to end. Rnd 7: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end. (18 sts) Rnds 8 and 9: Knit to end. Rnd 10: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end. (12 sts) Rnd 11: *K2tog; rep from * to end. (6 sts) Either turn hat inside out and work a 3-needle bind off on final 6 sts, or, break yarn and thread through final 6 sts, pulling tight to close. Weave in yarn ends.
12mm, 50cm long circular needles.
12mm dpns, or preferred needles for working small circumference knitting in the round.
1 x 200g skein Outlaw Yarn, Queen Bee.
1 stitch marker or scrap yarn for marking start of round.
Abbreviations k: knit k2tog: knit two together p: purl rep: repeat rnd: round sts: stitches Gauge 7 sts x 11 rows = 10 x 10 cm in stocking stitch on 12mm needles. Size Length: 26cm Circumference: 51.5 cm One size fits most, (from approx child size 10 years to large adult). For a more fitted beanie follow instructions in Body section to reduce length. Model is a large 10 year old.