Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Colour Choices blog has moved to The Knitting Squirrel

I want to thank everyone who has followed Colour Choices Blog.

I have enjoyed writing this blog.

Over the last few months though, I have been planning and creating a new blog.

I've moved my projects and posts to my new website The Knitting Squirrel which is why you haven't seen any new blog posts on Colour Choices for a while.

I would like to introduce you to:

Some of the posts will be familiar (as I wanted to retain the better posts), but I have many new projects, posts and ideas both on the needles and in draft form. 

I look forward to you visiting The Knitting Squirrel.  

Thank you for visiting and following Colour Choices.

Best wishes

Nicolette Kernohan

Friday, 4 May 2012

Norwegian Star Hat...

While browsing the patterns for fairisle hats on I came across this set of hats, knitted in stranded knitting with multicolour Kauni effect yarn.  The pattern is designed by Ruth Sorensen and this pattern is from the Knit a Hat ebooklet.   I would definitely recommend this pattern.

I do have a couple of balls of Kauni yarn in my stash but there wasn't enough contrast between the colours for them to work well together so I chose to use one of my Noro Silk Garden sock yarns in shades of plum, mauve and olive green for the Norwegian stars contrasted with a dark plum/purple Trekking sock yarn for the dark main colour.

The pattern asked for 3mm and 3.25mm needles but I used 3.75mm needles instead as I have a tendency of knitting quite tightly when doing stranded colourwork in the round.  

Next time I think I would knit a narrower ribbed edging probably using the tubular cast on method for a neat edge.  I loved knitting this pattern and found the shaping for the crown to be rather cleverly worked within the stars.  But I find when I am wearing the hat that the crown goes to a slightly too "pixie" pointy finish for me.  I prefer my hats to be slightly more rounded at the crown.    I have only worn the hat a couple of times so far.  But DH thinks it looks nice on me.

I have some of this lovely yarn combination left over and I am trying to decide whether to design a cowl or fingerless mittens that would look lovely with the hat.  I think I will probaby opt for the mittens.