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