Sunday, 15 December 2013

DIY Review - Toft Beehive Hat Kit

*Beehive Hat Kit c/o Toft
toft beehive hat kit review

A few weeks back I received an intriguing email asking if I would like to review one of Toft's knitted hat kits. As you know I love to craft and have actually never knitted a hat before so I jumped at the chance to try out one of their designs.

The yarns available from Toft aren't your average quality, instead they create luxury eco-yarns spun in the UK. When I first opened the kit I was impressed by the simple but stylish canvas bag packaging and could definitely feel that the wool was of great quality. The fluffy pom pom which finishes off the design is also amazingly soft (almost as good as Sawyer soft) and reminiscent of a big bunny tail!

One of the great things about Toft's kits is that they are completely customisable. When placing your order you can choose which colour wool and fur pom pom you would like and also have the option to buy needles along with the kit if you don't already have them. Although the kits don't come with needles as standard Toft were kind enough to pop some in the package along with the kit which was lucky as I was eager to begin knitting straight away! 

This unusual beehive style pattern is aimed at beginners and uses 6.5mm circular needles - something I had never tried before. At first I did find them a bit tricky to get used to but once I'd knitted a few rows I found them easy to work with for the most part, although it did become a little difficult on the last few rounds where the number of stitches was decreased. I can safely say that thanks to this kit I will definitely be attempting more projects using circular needles and would also be keen to buy more luxury wools in future as the Aran yarn was lovely to work with and the finished hat is super soft.

In terms of time this is definitely a quick project and can be done in just a few hours even if, like me, you are not a particularly experienced knitter. Alongside the instructions provided within the kit Toft also have a handy section on their website featuring photo and video tips which are great to help out beginners or to refer back to if you do happen to get stuck along the way.

toft beehive hat kit review progress
toft beehive hat kit review

As you may have seen I recently put together a post called 'Give The Gift Of DIY' featuring Christmas gift ideas that were all project kits and Toft's range would fit in perfectly with the rest of my suggestions. Personally I really enjoyed knitting this hat and think it would make a lovely gift for anyone who loves to craft... or just a little treat for yourself!

You can find the Beehive Hat Kit & more on the Toft website

Thank you to Toft for the this lovely kit! 
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