Hot Off the Needles: Jess’ Beanie

I love the feeling of finishing a project. Even though I’ve seen it in a basically finished form for a while; once it is off the needles it’s like it has been unveiled. Last weekend I finished this beanie (yes, that’s me in the picture…) and I was so pleased to have finished it that I kept it on my head for about 11 hours straight!

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The pattern – ‘Intuitive’ by Julia Zahle is a free download on Ravelry. I chose to knit it in our Morris Empire 8 ply in Putty (#832) because it’s 100% Australian superfine merino wool and I love the feel. No scratchiness to be found!

Now for the artistic shot!

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It’s fairly slouchy, but if you want to you can turn up the ribbing. I made it a little shorter than the pattern says because I’m fairly small and I didn’t want too much slouch. I’m pretty happy with how it has turned out!

I hadn’t knitted in a variegated yarn before and I think it works pretty well with this pattern, but I also wouldn’t mind giving it a go in a solid colour. Here are some that I’m considering:

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These are also Morris Empire (I used two balls). The colours are:

The cream: #801 Chalk

The pale blue: #807 Freshwater

The dark green/blue: #820 Rainstorm

The pale olive: #818 Blackheath

It really goes with any colour – if you look at the pattern page on Ravelry, you can see more colours that Julia and others have knitted it in.

So how about you? Did you get much knitting or crocheting done over the long weekend? Did you finish a project? We always love to see what you’ve been working on – share a picture with us on our Facebook page!

-Jess

Staff Share Colourway Inspiration

On Tuesday, we went through two great books for getting started and expanding your skills in colour knitting. Today, we’re getting personal with colourways as the staff show off their selections for knitting our new Fair Isle pattern!

Hot off the press is the pattern for the Ainsley Fair Isle Beret! This is a great pattern for you if you’ve knitted in the round before and want to try your hand at Fair Isle, as a small piece like a hat is a good size for an experiment!

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The pattern may be written up in green and blue, but there are so many great colours in the Morris Empire 4 ply range (51 to be exact!) that we thought we’d have some fun picking out what colours we would use if we were to knit this hat! Colour can be such a subjective thing that by showing you these, it’s like you’re getting to know us all a little!

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1: Azure’s

It’s fairly fitting, given her name, that Azure has picked out a range of blues – and a lovely selection at that! A nice cool-coloured combination.

AzureThese colours are:

  • #401 Chalk
  • #422 Indigo
  • #408 Bluestone
  • #454 Charcoal (Main colour)
  • #420 Rainstorm (note: this yarn appears more blue in this image than it is – it has a slightly greener tone in real life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2: Joey’s

Loving this warm set! I think it should affectionately be dubbed ‘pumpkin’ after the name of the main colour!

Joey1These colours are:

  • #401 Chalk
  • #440 Sesame Twist
  • #404 Clove
  • #441 Rust Twist
  • #409 Pumpkin (Main colour)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3: Joey’s #2

A combination of neutrals and greys over a deep, rich red-brown.

Joey2These colours are:

  • #438 Beluga Twist
  • #440 Sesame Twist
  • #454 Charcoal
  • #441 Rust Twist (Main colour)
  • #443 Seascape Twist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4: Maria

Bright colours balanced out with a lovely caramel brown and a crisp pale grey. This hat is bound to be fun!

MariaThese colours are:

  • #403 Biscuit
  • #409 Pumpkin
  • #426 Vivid Red
  • #408 Bluestone (Main colour)
  • #428 French Grey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5: Jess

A purple to pink gradient with a cream and grey that give the combination a soft appearance. Oddly enough, after choosing these, I noticed that the pinks, grey and cream all feature on the shirt I was wearing – subconsciously it gave me inspiration!

Jess These colours are:

  • #421 Luxe
  • #414 Orchid Smoke
  • #413 Ballet
  • #401 Chalk
  • #429 Smoke (Main colour)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…And how about you? What would your colourway be?