After knitting the Clayoquot Toque hat, I wanted to do more and more colorwork. I fell hard for the fun simplicity of colorwork. Adding colors to your knitting is easy – much easier than some complicated stitch work – and it looks amazing. So amazing that my husband couldn’t believe that I was able to accomplish such a feat – and it’s not hard!
Colorwork is something I’m going to come back to again and again, I can already tell.
For my second colorwork adventure, I wanted another hat. And since I had lots of Madelinetosh left over, I needed one that used DK weight yarn.
The Dyea pattern, from Caitlin Hunter, fit the bill on yarn weight and general style. I didn’t 100% love the pattern but I really liked it. In fact, I was tempted to modify the pattern a bit, but was still unsure, given my newbie-colorwork status.
I changed the colors up for this hat, since I was running low on the dark grey color. The light grey became the main color – with the red and dark grey as the contrast colors. And I had another pom to use!
The colorwork was fun and just as easy as before. The only challenge – and it wasn’t hard at all – was keeping enough tension in the yarn you carry along. But after watching a tutorial, this is easily mastered.
Pattern: Dyea by Caitlin Hunter
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK
Colorways: Blood Runs Cold, Smokestack, Dirty Panther
Needles: US 3 & 4 (3.25 and 3.5mm)
Made for: unknown
Time to completion: 9 days
This was so much fun to knit – and so fast!! Just a few hours every evening and it was done before I knew it!
Colorwork has definitely inspired my knitting brain. Who knew something that seemed so daunting and scary could turn out to be such an inspiration and joy? I think there’s a lesson to be learned there…..