If you had a chance to read my recent post on The Craft Sessions retreat I went to a couple of weeks ago you’ll have read that I took a class run by Julia Billings to learn stranded colourwork. I managed to finish my beanie project we started at the retreat last week and after a bit of blocking over a balloon I took my eldest daughter outside on a beautiful spring day for a photo shoot.
The yarn is Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran and the colours I used were – the main colour silver (010), then maroon (016), fuchsia (021), purple (041) and pebble (042). The yarn is 90% wool and 10% angora and comes in 50g balls containing 88 metres of wool.
The pattern is called Frankie Hat and it was created by Julia just for The Craft Sessions. It was more of a slouchy beanie which isn’t always my style so I adapted the pattern by missing out some rows to shortened the top of the hat. The ribbed band is quite long and can be folded back but I do prefer it without folding as I feel that adds too much bulk to your head.
Jules who also blogs over at Woollenflower was such a great and patient teacher and there is nothing quite like learning hands on and face to face with someone. Some people actually finished their beanies at the retreat. I did quite a bit of knitting by the fire at night but didn’t take the right size double pointed needles with me to finish it plus I think I was talking too much! It was great to practice my stranded colourwork as like a lot of the other class members I’d forgotten how to carry the yarn at the back of your work when I came to that part. I was able to pop over to Jules and ask for a refresher and then bang something clicked and I totally got it.
I’m glad it’s finished now though and I’m pretty happy with it.
I do love the shaping at the top it looks really neat and the decreases make a nice feature to the top of the hat.
The grey is not a colour I’d usually wear and perhaps if I didn’t use the pinks I could have given it to my hubby but never mind that as my daughter has claimed it now.
It does look beautiful on her with her long mermaid hair. We were mucking around playing hairdressers and she ended up with the large wave crimped hair which looks extra special with her knitted colourwork beanie. It took me so long to do her long hair but the results for the photo shoot were well worth it.
Have you attempted colourwork before? Have you long dreamed of knitting a Fair Isle jumper?