It took a little longer than I intended to get this pattern worked up, but there’s totally still time to knit up a fun hat and mitt set before the holidays! It’s been so mild here, it’s almost hard to think about needing more woollens – but I’m sure that time will come.

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50th Parallel is a fun, fast worsted weight colourwork set that’s perfect for your first stranded colourwork project! I’m wearing the hat in size M (it’s a little small for my large noggin) and the handwarmers in size S. Both the hat and mitts have three sizes, and could be further adjusted by changing your needle/gauge combo.

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I used good ol’ Cascade 220 – so easy to work with, awesome colours, and great value to boot. 1 skein in each colour will be enough for any size of the hat and fingerless mitts. You could have so much fun with different colour schemes – changing up each motif with a different colour, or using a gradient yarn like Noro for fun colour changes without all the ends to weave in.

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The stranded colourwork is all peerie patterns, which are so fun to knit! Since the colours change only every couple of stitches, it’s pretty easy to get a decent tension going even if you’re new to stranded knitting.

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One of Dale’s cameras makes a pretty good prop, eh? 50th Parallel is a great gift for anyone on your list!

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