Here’s a first. I knit colorwork in fingering weight wool. Gasp! I know. There are cobwebs in my bin of fingering weight yarn.
Peerie Flooers by Kate Davies has been in my Ravelry queue for some time. The LYS Bazaar Girls has a fine selection of Elemental Affects Shetland wool. Check out the 54 color chart on their website. It is incredible! Winter’s been cold. I think that motivated me to get this going for the yarn float warmth it would bring.
I had gauge issues because I just couldn’t bring myself to make a gauge swatch. The plan , heh, was to just CO and take it off the needles after a bit to check. I have a small head so I CO a small using a #3 needle for the ribbing and a #4 for the body. The medium I started with was too large.
My row gauge was off. The tall band should have been a clue. But I liked the fabric on a #4 so I kept on.
I had to modify the crown decreases (omitting many rows) to avoid the hat being freakishly tall.
Kate shares a tutorial on reading decrease charts for colorwork patterns which I needed to understand how to read her chart. I’m still not clear on it. Despite her thorough explanations I still relied on the written out instructions at the end of the post that lined up with the number of stitches in the chart.
I love it! It’s so warm and very soft. But I think I would choose the #3 needle next time I do colorwork with this yarn. The hat fits great in diameter but still is too tall and not slouchy enough for the top to flop over in a cute way. So I remedy that by folding the brim up a bit in the back.
Perhaps I’ll make the mittens?