Here is the second installment of the collaboration that Kirsten Singer and I have embarked on! This time around we focused on colorwork and slipped stitch details.
A slouchy beret-ish style hat and fingerless mitts featuring stranded colorwork leaves and a linen stitch border. These patterns are sold as a set – one price for both! The hat is written for one size that should fit most adult heads. The linen stitch keeps the brim from getting stretched out and the larger-gauge stranded colorwork in the body of the hat adds so much warmth!
The mitts are written for two sizes and, again, the linen stitch cuffs are snug and hold their shape perfectly.
When working linen stitch, you’ll notice that the fabric is *much* tighter than normal stockinette or rib. It may seem tight during the knitting but once you block, the Malabrigo Twist softens slightly and everything seems to let out a sigh – as if it too wanted to loosen up a bit.
This set can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy 🙂 Kirsten published her next pattern set today as well so don’t forget to check out her interpretation!
The past 2 weekends I’ve spent Saturday afternoons doing something I totally love to do – teaching knitting students a new technique!
I taught stranded color work using my Fresh Chroma Slouch pattern at Yarn & Coffee in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Seeing the hat worked up in so many different color choices – raiders, classic, modern – they all look great and give the hat totally different a feel.
One of the hardest things to learn when taking on stranded knitting is learning how to float the yarn at the correct gauge. A little blocking really does wonders for a stranded work, but if your floats are too tight, no amount of blocking can work out the puckering that is likely to occur.
My next class will be based around my Sweet Summer Rays shawl and will give beginners a good shawl experience! It will take place on June 1st and 8th, from 1-4pm. If you’re in the area, call Yarn & Coffee to sign up!
I have a new pattern for you all today! Let me introduce the colorful, the cozy, the quick: Fresh Chroma!
Winter is about to that point where the grey and dreary days are getting old, I want color and new life but while the weather can’t get me that yet, my yarns certainly can.
Using just about half a skein of Malabrigo’s new Rastita yarn in each of the bright colorways, this hat is a great one for a quick, satisfying project. There are so many great colors to choose from, I think a more muted palette would look fantastic too! And did I mention how incredibly soft this yarn is? I want to sleep with it (not in a gross way, just a I-want-all-the-yarn-cuddles kind of way).
The stranded color work comes with a simple chart and would be great practice for someone just dipping their toes into the color world but wouldn’t bore experienced color workers either.
More details can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy!