As I finished up the baby items back in September, I was really craving stimulation; I wanted to knit something a bit complicated, something that required a lot of attention. I knew stranded colorwork was exactly what I needed. 


This is only my second stranded project (and fourth where I’ve used my left hand). It was a perfect opportunity for me to practice knitting with both hands. I’m sure you will be able to pick out a few problem areas in the pictures, but overall, I’m happy with the hat. (I’m not happy with how my left hand tensions yarn, however.)


I had the most trouble with the bullseye pattern and tinked quite a few times. I thought I was vigilant enough to have avoided any mistakes, but nope! I found two mistakes in the color patterning after washing and blocking the hat, rats! While knitting, I often paused to admire the floats, they’re such fun!


I love the cuff, but honestly, it seems too big and obscures much of the bullseye underneath. On the other hand, the cuff adds an extra layer for warmth. I’d recommend skipping the colorwork on the cuff, knitting a few rows of plain stockinette (or perhaps just a small motif), and then incorporating another twined herringbone to balance with the one at the cuff top. The twined herringbone is a really nice detail and reminds me of the vikkel braid used in Estonian folk knitting.


This hat is huge–I knit the largest size (22″ circumference), but it blocked out a bit bigger than that. I’ll be sending it to FuzzyBritches for her Warm up the Winter campaign.

Pattern: “Triple-Patterned Watch Cap” by Charlene Schurch, Hats On! Size: Extra Large (22-inch circumference) Yarn: half skein each of: Cascade 220 Quatro, 5015 Plum Crazy and Patons Classic Wool Merino, 203 Maize Needles: Susan Bates Quicksilver US 6 (4 mm) circulars Started: September 12, 2007 Completed: September 21, 2007

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19 Responses to “Triple-patterned”

  1. Miss T Says:
    November 2nd, 2007 at 8:53 am

    Nice work!!

  2. Chris Says:
    November 2nd, 2007 at 9:11 am

    I think it looks great!!

  3. trek Says:
    November 2nd, 2007 at 9:24 am

    Nicely done!

  4. Guinifer Says:
    November 2nd, 2007 at 9:55 am

    I think it’s really, really cute – I love the color combinations.

  5. Renee Says:
    November 2nd, 2007 at 11:35 am

    Very nice! How generous to donate such a lovely handknit, too. I’m sure someone’s going to really love it.

  6. Connie Says:
    November 2nd, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    That turned out great!

  7. lisa Says:
    November 2nd, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    very Very VERY nice!

  8. mrspao Says:
    November 2nd, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    That’s really beautiful!

  9. Tanya Says:
    November 3rd, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Oh! Me likes!! Great colors!

  10. Opal Says:
    November 4th, 2007 at 4:49 am

    That’s a gorgeous hat. I love fair isle. It’s such a satisfying technique.

  11. Schrodinger Says:
    November 4th, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    It looks great!!

  12. Sydney Says:
    November 4th, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Oh, I like that hat! It’s gorgeous! Nice work.

  13. Nicole Says:
    November 5th, 2007 at 8:37 am

    Wow, this looks amazing – especially if it is only your second stranded project. The inside looks really great, everything is so even. Seriously, I think we are all our own worst critics… don’t see any problem areas.

  14. Rina Says:
    November 6th, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    That’s awesome. I always love the wrong side. You are right. It’s just fun to look at. My right hand always give me a lot of tension to the point I have to size up by 5 sizes! And it’s very generous of you to give your hat for someone whom might need it.

  15. Kristi aka Fiber Fool Says:
    November 6th, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    It looks great from here. I would have to agree with you on the yarn tension in the left hand. I struggle with the same thing. It either tensions too loose, giving those stitches much larger effect or it doesn’t flow out of my hand it seems.

  16. Carrie K Says:
    November 6th, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    It’s really darling! I love the color combo – it makes the pattern pop.

    I knit my stranded/ FI two handed and I’m finding right handed to be so darn awkward now! But I learned that way! Just wrong.

  17. Tracey Says:
    November 7th, 2007 at 11:54 am

    Got them on Monday! Thanks so much Harriet, they are beautiful! I’m sure someone will be very warm and snazzy looking this winter.

  18. hege Says:
    November 7th, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    I love the hat! Really pretty colors, and great pattern! Hmm, I have never seen this book before, very intriguing. So I am opposite of you, I get smoother tension with the left hand. :)

  19. Bruxa Says:
    November 10th, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Amazing!!! I’m sure the owner of this hat is going to show off a lot :)

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