At one point during my holiday knitting, I needed a fun diversion. Being on deadline can sometimes make me feel like the slowest knitter on earth. I find if I take some time out for a fast project, it puts me back in the right mindset.
Back when I ordered my yarn for all of my Christmas gifts, I threw in the skeins I’d need to make Woolly Mammoth by Allison Jane. At first, I thought it might be a fun gift for my college-aged brother. He’d be way into a knitted trapper hat. But the more I worked on it, the more I started to like it. Sorry, bro! This one’s for me.
The outer shell is worked first and then blocked. I used KnitPicks Swish DK in Garnet Heather.
The fabric really grew. I was glad I went down a needle size (to size 6) so that it wasn’t too loose.
You achieve the shearling look with bulky yarn and a tapestry needle. Sewing loops over and over until you’re happy with the coverage. I wanted mine to be really puffy, so I sewed my yarn loops close together. The results were super snugly and awesome!
I finished this right before Christmas… which turned out to be one of the warmer ones in recent memory. But when the New Year rolled around, so did some of that famous Chicago wintry weather. That’s really prime-handknit season (as modeled below).