This post was sponsored by Yarnspirations
Crazy About Color Work!
It’s no secret that we love color around here. We use variegated yarns, self-striping yarns and everything in between to bring character and life to our projects. But the one thing we haven’t explored too much is color work – specifically fair isle.
That’ll all change starting today!
Rather than dive right into designing my own complex color work design, I first wanted to test the waters and try a pattern that was created, graded and pattern tested by the talented folks at Yarnspirations. I have dabbled with fair isle before but haven’t designed many of my own. The Polka-Dotty Crochet Hat in the new Caron X Pantone Lookbook is simply perfect for a first color work project!
Let’s put the color in color work
Caron X Pantone yarn is perfect for color work crochet. Each braid has about 25 yards each of five colors – the perfect amount for color work projects like hats. The Polka-Dotty Crochet Hat calls for a solid braid (one that has only one color) and a multi-colored braid and it looks fantastic. But why not try something different?
Rather than use the solid braid, I opted for some ombre shades. The first – blueberry. Since this colorway has some dominant colors, I opted for a more subtle second shade with a pop of lime. It’s called Olive Oil. I just LOVE how that lime contrasts with the dark teals of blueberry.
I had a hard time visualizing how two multi-colored braids would work for this pattern and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but curiosity pushed me through. This combination of color is stunning and there’s no way it won’t work, right?
Working through the pattern
As a perpetual lover of blue, I wanted the blueberry colorway to make up the bulk of the hat. Because I loved the ombre in this colorway, I kept the color sections in the same order as they were arranged in the braids. This made it flow from dark to light as I moved through the pattern, starting with the band. As I began to work through the color diagram (which by the way is much easier to interpret than you might think) I was surprised by how quickly the rounds were coming together.
Now you might be thinking “Brittany, what do you do with the color that’s not being used?”
There are a couple options when it comes to working with multiple strands of yarn. In some cases you’ll work over the non-working strand but that will often times show through on the right side. Especially if you’re working with colors that contrast with each other like I did here.
So in effort to keep the front of my hat as tidy as possible, I opted to hold the yarn to the back of the work but not work over it. This is the “float” method. If you’re a knitter, you’ve probably heard of this or seen it before in fair isle knitting. Here’s what it looks like on the inside.
Doesn’t it look so neat?
Someone on Instagram said it reminds them of those colorful 80’s sunglasses. I can totally see that! Even though this is technically the “wrong side” I can definitely see a purpose for this type of approach to be used on the right side of the project!
Ready to give color work a try?
As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, the Polka-Dotty Crochet Hat is just the beginning of color work projects that you’ll find here in the coming weeks and months. Now I have to be completely honest, color work is more tedious than most crochet projects but the result is something that catches the eye, attention and admiration of others. There’s no greater feeling than for someone to complement your hard work and color work crochet is the perfect way to guarantee that someone will notice.
Here’s what I suggest…
Try the Polka-Dotty Crochet Hat with me. Download the free pattern from Yarnspirations and have at it! Don’t worry, I didn’t leave you hanging – you can find the video tutorial I filmed for you right here. This video covers everything you need to know to make this project a success.
By the time you have this one completed, you’ll be able to dive into another color work hat project I’ve been perfecting and preparing for you! You can see a teaser of it on my Instagram page – it’s the one that looks like Argyle!
Have fun my friend, and please don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you have any questions.
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