In the first blog post about the Variations on a Theme Challenge, we talked about the variations of the 1898 hat pattern (Ravelry pattern page) that MKG knitters had made with stripes. In this post, we focus on other colorwork variations.
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Barbara Ronnigen and Kay Crowthers (strikkedame55 on Ravelry) added colorwork bands to the crowns of their hats. Barbara knit hers with Big Twist Twinkle (97% acrylic, 3% polyester), a machine washable and dryable yarn that is soft and easy to knit with. She added the burgundy colorwork to give a little more pizazz to the grey.
Kay used red and white Wool-Ease worsted with an inserted snowflake pattern based on the Winter Joy hat pattern.
For her second hat, Kay let the yarn, Wool-Ease DK Cake, do the talking with a subtle color shift. She says, “This has been a great hat for recent binge TV watching.”
Linda Bruemmer (lindabea on Ravelry) created a variation with colorblocking reminiscent of either Marvin the Martian from Bugs Bunny or a Mondrian geometric painting. Her yarn is Valley Yarns Northampton, left over from making the Illusion Cube blanket.
And back to stripes with a couple of hot-off-the-needles submissions…
Joyce Slack, who says, “What fun construction and warm too!” knit an unmarked stash yarn with 3 rows of varying width stripes as a simple variation.
Barbara Rice (babsknits126 on Ravelry), whose plain version we saw in the first Variations on a Theme blog post, produced more elaborate stripes with leftover machine washable Red Heart yarn.
Barbara also made a variation with a yarn other than worsted, which will be showcased in our next Variations on a Theme blog post, highlighting variations to the structure of the hat, some depending on the yarn weight and some just for fun!
There’s still time to have your hat featured in the MKG blog; just drop me an email with a photo and description at firstname.lastname@example.org.