23 January 2015

Head to Toe – Head Things – Northumberland

Northumberland hat pattern on Ravelry
As techniques go, stranded colourwork was probably the last one I conquered to date. I've yet to try steeking, but little steps, yeah?
The basic concept of stranded colourwork is fairly simple, you work in Stocking stitch* introducing colour as you progress and this creates graphic patterns on your fabric. It is pretty addictive, you can see the pattern literally popping off your needles and the progress is really obvious.

Not to be too intense I was sure to include one colourwork pattern in each section of Head to Toe and Northmberland is that one of them.

Northumberland hat pattern on Ravelry
Northumberland is knitted with Blue Sky Alpacas Melange and Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, both are in fact sport weights, but while their Sport Weight comes in pure solid colours, Melange, as its name suggests is a smidge heathered. The yarn is lovely and soft and works very well in stranded knitting.

Northumberland hat pattern on Ravelry
The hat is knitted in the round using an eight stitch pattern repeat and working only two strands of yarn at a time. The pattern comes in 5 sizes from 16 to 21¼ inches that would fit a child's small to an adult head sizes.

I've a couple of things to say about twisting and floats and some general colourwork tips that need to be put together in a tutorial and I hope to get to that next week. See my How to Wrap Floats post here. Do give me a shout if you'd like any particular technique highlighted or you have a question about colourwork in the meantime, I'll be sure to include it.
Northumberland hat pattern on Ravelry

* for most parts! but there are also pretty neat knit and purl stitch patterns with colour work, and I'm not talking mosaic here, they are truly stranded and create most interesting visuals on fabric.

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