So, yesterday I received my first full pay check at my new job. And to celebrate, my boyfriend and I went to the local yarn store to purchase some yarn for the two of us. He picked out some lovely baby alpaca and I picked out this:
These colors are incredibly bold — a lot bolder than anything I own. I’m a person who loves color who is usually in black or grey. I started wearing purple more over the past couple of years. Grey was a big step for me, so purple was huge. Now, I’m trying to add some more colors. And I’m trying to not just depend on purple. Knitting is really helpful in that.
I want to make a hat that features both of these. And so I am searching for patterns on Ravelry and I am uncertain about which one to make.
First, I went to my queue. I am trying to knit more from my queue this year but nothing really stood out that I thought would work with these two colors.
The only thing in my queue that I thought could work was the Opus Spicatum pattern by Kate Gagnon Osborn. I love this hat and think it is super adorable. It has been in my queue for a while now and I know that I will knit it soon — probably this year, actually. But I just do not think that it works with the colors of this yarn. I’m thinking, for me personally, this hat will need a neutral yarn paired with a really outstanding color.
Since my queue did not offer anything that I think really suits this, I went searching. And here are the ones that stand out to me. That’s where you come in: I need your help. What pattern would you choose to use with this yarn?
First up is a hat that I have been in love with for months now. I cannot remember who, but someone that I follow on Instagram knit this in purple and grey — so me. I think these colors are just too bold paired together for this hat; it really looks better with a neutral and a pop of color. And honestly, when I am picking out hat patterns, I need to take into consideration my dreadlocks. I am going to have to add length to the majority of the hats I choose, and I am just not certain this hat would still look as cute turned into a more slouchy hat. Because of that, the Lucy Hat (designed by Carina Spencer) isn’t necesarrily really in the running, but I did want to include because it is adorable.
Of course, the option to just do stripes is there. But I want something a little funkier than just stripes. Enter the Windsor Hat by Karina Westermann. I’m torn on will these two bold colors look good knit up this way or is this another hat that needs a neutral paired with a bold? I doubt I would need to lengthen it for my dreadlocks, or at the very least I wouldn’t have to do much.
Now, here is a hat that features the plain stripes but has the funky addition of buttons. I have a few patterns I want to make this year that feature buttons. I. Love. Buttons. I especially love useless buttons — I know, I’m one of those people. I’m sorry. So, even tough I was not really interested in plain striping, the Henley Button Slouch by Kristy Childress really stood out to me. And I would get the chance to go pick out buttons. And who can turn that down?
Another hat that I think would work beautifully is Courtyard by Melissa Thomson. I love this so much. And this is definitely one that if I decide to not use for this specific pattern will be used later. This is really an interesting knit and I think my two color choices will look interesting with this pattern. And again it looks easy to lengthen for my dreadlocks.
So, those are the ones I am leaning toward. Though I could just throw all that out the window and do two separate hats — the Tillingbourne Beret perhaps?
Or the McCarren Park Cap? Oh..too many options. I just cleaned out my queue; it’s starting to get ridiculous again.