A lesson in contrasts

I’m going to give you a sneak peek at a new pattern I’ve been working on for a while. The pattern started out with a pair of stranded mittens with a palm-like motif that I adapted from an Art Deco bracelet. I’m calling them Frond Mittens.

The next step was to create a matching hat pattern. After a little math and futzing around, that worked out well. I knit up my samples (a beanie + a slouchy version) and friends have been diligently working on test knits for me. My friend Louise knit up the Frond Hat.

Louise loves stranded knitting and she also loves including a yarn with multiple colours in it. This time she selected some Alegria (from Manos) in lovely autumnal colours. She paired it up with a solid grey yarn. I had a fear that the contrast wouldn’t allow the pattern to shine. Despite misgivings, Louise persisted and knit the whole hat:

Stranded knitting with low contrast

Then she did it again with the same Alegria and some darker grey yarn. Check out the difference:

It’s almost hard to believe that the same colours are being used here. The pattern stands out and the colourful yarn goes from slightly dull-looking to shining. I wanted to include these pictures as a cautionary tale about choosing yarn for colourwork.

Oh, and by the way, Louise insists on calling the hat & mittens patterns “Hands and Fronds”. I’m trying not to let it drive me up the wall. Pictures of my own knitted samples & the patterns themselves will follow later this week.

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2 Responses to A lesson in contrasts

  1. Pingback: Frond Hat and Mittens | Natalie Servant Designs

  2. Lulu says:

    I love knitting your patterns, your designs are stunning and they are so well written.
    Always a pleasure!