Greetings Dangerous Knitter,
Alright! After that embarrassing confession last month, I climbed back in the saddle and got my knit on!! Having finally finished the Chelsea Market Hat, I can decidedly say that it was a really fun project to knit. I loved how the regularity of most of the hat was broken up by the chunky, traveling cable. The temperature continues to drop, so this hat will be ready to go when Jack Frost starts nipping. And, since one can never have enough warm head wear, another hat for October seemed appropriate.
This month I have chosen a GORGEOUS colorwork hat called the Bubble Star by Misa Erder. This is another pattern that calls for worsted weight, making it a pretty quick knit. I chose to use a deliciously soft single for this project – Malabrigo Worsted. Malabrigo Worsted is a hand painted, 100% wool yarn that comes in a wide array of colors. The yarn sports both solid and variegated colorways in tons of saturated colors with lots of depth. I went with a stunning deep purple and white combo. Now, I am usually a proponent of machine washable yarn for hats, but, in the case of colorwork, that is not advisable. Here is a helpful hint. Using a 100% wool yarn makes everything go much more smoothly when knitting stranded colorwork patterns. The wool fibers help the stitches maintain the proper shape and aid in the blocking process.
Bubble Star is actually an easy knit. It begins with a garter stitch brim followed by 5 inches of stockinette stitch. The real fun begins after that initial 6 inches. The remainder of the hat consists of knitting the colorwork chart one time through. The crown decreases are incorporated into the colorwork pattern, so it creates a beautiful star at the top of the hat.
Colorwork is seriously fun and addictive. There are several ways to manipulate the yarn, including both strands in the left hand, both strands in the right hand, and my favorite, one strand in each hand. The only tricky part is maintaining the position of each color. One strand floats above the other on the wrong side of the work and, once started, this position must be maintained, OR ELSE!!
Sorry. That escalated quickly. Ok. Since we are knitting dangerously, I won’t call the knitting police. Just be sure to mind your floats and enjoy!