Misprision (plus giveaway)

If you’ve been around for a while you know I’m scared of proper colorwork.  The sort where you use two (or more, eep) colors in one row.  But I don’t want to be left out of all that multicolored fun, so I’ve started playing with ways to use two different yarns, but keep it to one yarn per row.  Misprision is one of the results of my experiments (and through Friday, it’s 10% off with the code POMPOM)!

It’s also more fun than it has any right to be.  The background is just lovely, mellow stockinette (can’t ask for anything easier than that). All the action comes from the magic little nubbly bits.  They’re easy (you only work with one color per row), you’ll feel clever while you’re making them (half the look comes from some judiciously placed slip stitches, and I always love how such a simple technique can look so impressive), and if you’re anything like me, you’ll zip through it because you really want to knit just one more row of the doobly bits!

And then of course, there’s the pompom.  Now it’s optional, I promise.  The hat works just as well without the pompom as with it.  But oh my am I ever taken with it!  (If you want to check out my inexplicable descent into pompom madness and see how this one came together, you can follow the whole process over here…don’t judge).

To make this one, you’ll want two yarns.  I used Tosh Vintage in an imminently respectable gray (smokestack) for the background, and Tosh Merino Light in a much more enthusiastic pink (alizarin) for the contrast.  This is the perfect way to play with color if you’re a bit wary of it (that would be me).  You can pick something fairly wild for the contrast and the structure of the stitch will help it look amazing.  Just keep the background mellow and you can go crazy on the stripes!

I’ve been loving the Madelinetosh yarn combos for this one, so I’ve got a set of the yarns I used here to send off to one lucky knitter. I want to know how you feel about pompoms.  Love them? Think they’re ridiculous? Haven’t tried it yet but find yourself oddly intrigued?  There’s no right or wrong answer, I just like to know how you feel!  Leave a comment and someone will get a happy package in the mail!

And for everyone I can’t send yarn to (I’m just not cool enough to get yarn to everyone, sorry!), I’ve got a coupon for this pattern.  You can use the code POMPOM to get 10% off the hat between now and Friday.  Just put Misprision in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code POMPOM.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

Oh, and if you like this pattern, you might like Entrapment, too.  It was the first in this set of colorwork-without-the-work experiments and uses some of the same ideas!

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, May 5, 2017 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way.  Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winners).  If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them. Sorry, but I can only ship physical prizes to US addresses.