Wednesday, 6 April 2016

FO - Knitted colourwork beret

knitted thrift hat shetland wool week beret colourwork

I know I've already shared a look at this hat on Instagram but I thought I'd add a few more details here.  Then I realised that, after moving house last week, I've lost whatever notes I took about my knitting process.  So, prepare for some improvising!

This guy was another hat-shaped leaving pressie for a colleague.  Not just any colleague though.  K and I had our own little team of two.  It's the first time I'd ever shared space with the same person every day in a job (every previous role I've had involved shift work with a bunch of other shift workers) so it's a testament to her awesomeness that we never got fed up with each other.  K learned to knit last year and I've been her official helper ever since - most work days started with tea and updating each other on what we were crafting the night before.  It was during one of our morning chats that K found and fell in love with the pattern for the Thrift Hat in my Shetland Wool Week annual, but since she wasn't feeling confident enough to attempt colourwork yet, I decided to sneakily knit it for her.

knitted thrift hat shetland wool week beret colourwork finished

Pattern - Thrift Hat by Outi Kater

Yarn - Red Heart Margareta 4ply in Blue, Light Blue, Fire and Sand

Notes - I had a pretty short time in which to make this hat so, of course, it went wrong at various points - all user faults, I might add, and nothing to do with the pattern, which was very clearly written, down to exactly how much yarn was required in each shade.

I redid the first section of colourwork twice since I didn't like how the colours were sitting together - once I decided to make the dark blue the dominant colour it looked much better.  It was also the perfect time to try out my newly learned two-handed technique (thanks, Karie!)  Things were a bit slow going at first but I hit my stride after a few rows, although (as is inevitable when I'm knitting colourwork) just when I thought I was steaming along nicely I'd end up having to backtrack thanks to a mis-counted stitch repeat.

I would like to have used the yarn suggested in the pattern but since time wasn't on my side I made do with some odd balls from my stash.  I got a bunch of the Red Heart Margareta on sale a couple of years ago - having bought a 50g ball of each shade, I have about ten colours that I can mix and match for projects (the yoke on this cardigan was made with the same yarn).  The red was very nearly an orange/pink shade instead but in the end, I decided to stay true to the original design.

inside knitted thrift hat shetland wool week beret colourwork wrong side

I presented K with her finished hat on the way to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and she loved it.  She even got it a little bit ahead of her actual leaving date since I thought the festival was the perfect excuse to wear as many hand knits as possible!  It did mean I was sewing in the ends on the train before she got on, but hey, it was still finished on time.

Has anyone else made it?  Or faced similar colourwork struggles?

Linking up to Ginny's Yarn Along.

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