Finally we’re onto the Color Block Hat. I noticed this pattern when scrolling through the other With Love patterns on the Red Heart website. I was looking for something that would lend itself well to being knit with self striping yarn and thought this was the perfect opportunity to show how the colors look when you’re decreasing.
As I mentioned in Tuesday’s post, as you decrease and change the circumference of your garment, you’re going to change the nature of your stripes. Since you’re decreasing, the amount of stitches, your stripes will get thicker. Until you just have a solid circle of color at the crown. If this look really bothers you, put a pompom on the top! I really like the neat look of the decreases on the crown of a hat, but not everyone likes the same thing. Usually if my finishing is messy, I’ll pop a pompom on the top of a hat, but that just stays between us right?
Another thing you want to be mindful of, when you’re casting on, is the amount of yarn you’re using (if you’re using a long tailed cast on). I know I pulled out a lot of extra yarn to ensure I didn’t run out, as a result, I have a half stripe around the ribbing of the hat. It’s difficult to tell with the ribbing, but I felt like I wasted a lot of yarn and that stripe was not as full as it should have been.
This hat is the perfect pattern to go with self-striping yarn. It’s plain and easy, you just knit in stockinette stitch and the yarn does the work for you. Can you imagine trying to knit this with color work? It would have taken some time to weave in all the ends, switch up yarn, not get it tangled, try to find the color you were just using because it happens to have run off somewhere. Overall it’s just a cleaner and much simpler process.
Take all the ‘work’ out of ‘color work’ with With Love Stripes. There will be no more fighting multiple balls of yarn or getting everything hopelessly tangled. You can add interest to your knitting without the extra fuss.
This is part 4 of 4 in this series.
Go back to part 3: 4 free patterns to knit up using self-striping yarn