After creating my motif and working out all the math for the hat, it was time to pick out my colors. I rounded up all my odds and ends in worsted weight yarn and arranged them in a rainbow on my sewing table. After lots of mixing and matching (and charting on the computer) I came up with the two colorways pictured in the photo: a more traditional manly color palette and a very girly one for me. I absolutely love how they both turned out! I added a giant pom pom to my hat, because when it is cold outside I think it is perfectly acceptable to look a little silly.
The next challenge was the photography. I just bought a new camera and was very excited to use it. My husband is a somewhat reluctant model, and he usually ends up making his 'mean face' at the camera. So, after setting the timer, I chirped at him, "Ok, now pretend like you love me!" And this is the photo I got:
Here is a bit more information about the pattern:
Ready to try stranded knitting? Winterset Hat is a fitted beanie with a section of stranded colorwork set on a background of plain Stockinette stitch. With twenty-three rounds of stranded colorwork, and only two colors worked per round, Winterset won’t be overwhelming for someone new to stranded knitting. For a more advanced knitter, this is a great project for making quick gifts. Worsted weight yarn makes Winterset a brief and satisfying knit that is perfect for using up leftover bits of yarn from previous projects.
Pattern includes color charts for both colorways pictured, plus three additional colorways and three blank charts to fill in with your own colors. Also included are a template and illustrated instructions for creating the pom-pom.
Circumference: 21 (22.5, 24)”
Length: 8.5 (8.75, 9)”
Winterset should be worn with 0-1” negative ease.
Worsted weight yarn in 8 colors. Wool or wool blend yarns work best for stranded colorwork.
MC: 34 (37, 40) grams/ 75 (82, 88) yards
CC1: 6 (7, 7) grams/ 14 (16, 16) yards
CC2: 9 (10, 11) grams/ 20 (22, 25) yards
CC3: 5 (6, 6) grams/ 11 (14, 14) yards
CC4: 5 (6, 6) grams/ 11 (14, 14) yards
CC5: 5 (6, 6) grams/ 11 (14, 14) yards
CC6: 3 (4, 4) grams/ 7 (9, 9) yards
CC7: 3 (4, 4) grams/ 7 (9, 9) yards
Optional pom-pom uses about 13 grams/ 29 yards
US #6/4 mm 16” circular needle and set of dpn
US #5/3.75 mm 16” circular needle
tapestry needle to weave in ends
13 (14, 15) stitch markers, with 1 in a contrasting color
cardboard for pom-pom template
20 sts and 28 rounds = 4” in Stockinette stitch worked in the round using larger needles
ability to read a chart
working in the round