Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Head First!

When it comes to knitting Christmas gifts every year I play the same game with myself. First I say I need to start Christmas knitting (at least) by October, and then I decide I'm not going to knit any gifts and then by the time Thanksgiving comes and goes all of a sudden I get a fire under my needles and get all kinds of big ideas for knitted gifts! So despite being off to a late start I'm diving into Christmas knitting head first with this great free pattern from Knitty.

This is the most color work I've ever done - not much I know - usually I stray away from color work because it seems complicated, but this was easy and fun to do. Just as long as I kept my tension everything worked out great.

DH ended up stealing this one. That's OK though, it's a perfect fit for him. Now I just need to get knitting more so I have them in time for Christmas!

Pattern Source: Swell free from Knitty
Yarn: Lana Grossa, Royal Tweed, 1 skein each color. The yarn was from my stash and I LOVE the way it worked up.
Needles: size 7s
Size: small
Gauge: 4 sts per inch / 6 rows per inch
Notes: Took a bit for me to master the right gauge for my yarn and after a few trial runs I did. First time making twisted rope tassels like this and I love them! Fiddled with the pattern a little too. I started the color work after 6 rows and then worked 12 rows after color work before decreasing (If you are making this pattern you'll know where I mean).


peaknits said...

What a great hat - nice job! I have never tried colorwork - but I so want to make the endpaper mitts!

Sarah Jackson said...

very nice! I'm a wuss when it comes to colorwork. I get all tangled up.

Mandy said...

Very nice hat!!!

Kirsten said...

Love it! Great colors. Must go queue this on Ravelry!

Cinnamonamon said...

That looks great! I have some lana grossa in my stash too; I pet it a lot trying to figure out what to knit it into...I think everyone had gauge issues with that hat!

StarSpry said...

The hat looks great! Way to go with the colorwork :D

Susan said...

Love that hat! Gotta love tweed, it never fails to look great. You should try my new favorite tool, the incredible rope maker, for those ties. Although it looks like you didn't need it anyway. Good hat knitting, Jill.

Denise said...

The hat looks great. I have decided I'm going to do some Christmas knitting - I'll start in January ;) That should give me plenty of time don't ya think! But first I need to get my 2007 wip's finished!

a friend to knit with said...

oh jill, i love this hat..and the colors! i do the same thing.....not many knitting plans, and then all of a sudden, i want to make something for everyone! :)