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