Matching Colorwork Hat and Mitts

This year my friend Ayana asked me to knit her the Fightin’ Words mitts for her birthday. Normally I don’t take requests but these were so cute I accepted.

I used Madelinetosh Merino Light in “Glass Bottom Boat” (blue) and “Whiskey Barrel” (brown) and knit the larger of the two available sizes. It is admittedly some of the most challenging colorwork I’ve ever done due to the fact that there’s no repeats of the pattern. That means every stitch of every row has you consulting the chart, and I had to rip back quite a few times when I’d messed up.

Since the pattern uses less than half of the yarn I had for the project I decided to make her a coordinating hat for Christmas. I went with the Deep Woods Toque by Kiyomi Burgin. For the contrast color on the brim I used a Madelinetosh Unicorn Tail, which is just a mini skein of Tosh Merino Light.

I cast on during my daughter’s (indoor) swim lessons, because what’s better than poolside Christmas knitting in December?

The hat was a huge hit with my friend, but I realized later I totally forgot the pompom for the top. Which is a tragedy because if there is one thing I love making it is pompoms. I’ve got the full set of Clover pompom makers and I am obsessed with them.

With those two items done I think I’ve had my fill of colorwork for a while. Looking forward to only having to wrangle one ball of yarn at a time! But I’m super pleased with how these came out and so was the recipient.

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