My first colourwork – Saudade

I’ve finished my first Fair Isle project, Saudade! In my last post, I mentioned I’d been struggling to achieve consistent tension as a beginner to stranded colourwork. You guys assured me I was on the right track with my technique of spreading and holding in place the stitches on the right needle before knitting on the left with a new colour, and that any imperfections would come out in the wash.

An image of a woman's upper torso and head in front of a blue weatherboard background. She wears a handknit Fair Isle hat in yellows and greys, with a textured handknit grey scarf.
Worn with my Rockcliffe Scarf.

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Solas Hat

I gave you a sneak peek of my Solas hat in my Indie Pattern Month post – now here is the full review. Solas is an unusual design and one that didn’t catch my eye when it was first published for Ysolda Teague’s Knitworthy 3. But as I was in need of beanies this winter and wanted to experiment with different styles, I figured I’d get my money’s worth from my Knitworthy purchase and give it a go.

A photograph of a woman's upper torso and head. She wears a check cardigan, floral dress, pink glasses and yellow handknitted cabled hat. She is looking at the camera and smiling.
Worn with my Named Helmi Tunic Dress and Named Esme Maxi Cardigan. New specs from Clearly Contacts.

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Experimenting with colourwork

Knitting colourwork has never been my strong suit. Besides my complete inability to choose cohesive colour schemes, the technical skills involved in stranded knitting and intarsia always seemed beyond me. Recently, I’ve decided to challenge myself and take on a colourwork project to broaden my skill set.

The pattern that tempted me was Ysolda’s Saudade. With a traditional Fair Isle pattern and the colours already selected for me in a kit in her shop, it seemed the perfect way to dip my feet in.

An image of the side of a woman's head. She wears a knitted hat, which has colourwork in grey, orange and yellow colours.
How could I resist this??

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Pumpkin Chevrons

One of my go-tos when I’m stuck between knitting projects is a hat. They take very little time and yarn to knit, and I can usually squeeze one out from leftover yarn from a cardi or jumper. The yarn in this particular project (Heirloom Easy Care 8ply) was leftover from my Pumpkin Vianne cardigan, and because I’m an unimaginative clod, it’s called Pumpkin Chevrons.

A close-up image of a young woman against a blue weatherboard wall. She wears large glasses, purple lipstick, an orange hand-knitted hat and a white tee. She is smiling.

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Regina the Fourth

OK, so I know I promised you more Christmas presents, but I haven’t managed to get adequate photos of them yet. So instead, I wore a wool hat and scarf in 35C+ degree heat to take photos of this project. It’s a hard-knock life, guys.

An image of a woman wearing a red cloche and white scarf.
Scarf is Trellis Scarf by Purl Bee, knitted in white Ton of Wool cormo which is unfortunately discontinued. Lipstick is Kate Moss for Rimmel #10, for any other diehard lippie fans.

This hat is my Regina the Fourth, named as such as this is the fourth hat pattern I’ve made from this yarn (not counting all the hats of the same pattern knit and reknit cos I chose the wrong size). It started as a Verity, which was immediately ripped and knit into a Cloche Divine, then Ripley, and now Carina Spencer’s free Regina pattern.

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Winter knitting and what’s on the needles

In foreground, someone is knitting a grey scarf. In background is an iPad with the scarf pattern.

This winter, I knit a pleasingly large number of accessories. Most were from stash yarn, meaning I spent basically no money and received hours of fun and some fab hats and scarves. What I knit (click through to the Rav project page for more, you can follow along at shibz):

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