There’s something to be said for knowing what the rules are.  Not necessarily so that you can  follow them.  More so that you can know exactly when and how you’re breaking them and plan accordingly.  This is Obstreperous, and it’s not terribly interested in following the rules.

There are kind of a lot of unspoken rules when it comes to colorwork.  Use one yarn at a time. Use yarns of the same weight. Carry each color all the way around the whole piece. Keep your floats short.  I’m not doing any of that here.

Here you’ll pair your very favorite fluffy laceweight yarn with another yarn that grabs your attention (fingering, sport, dk, worsted, whatever calls your name).  Sometimes you’ll knit with them both, sometimes you’ll just use one.  You’ll make scandalously long floats (that you will later cut short in an act of unspeakably satisfying knitterly defiance).

You’ll be breaking rules left and right, but in the end, you’ll have a hat that looks tidy and perfect and orderly (and is all the more delightful because you know you someone out there would be scandalized by how you put it together).

If you’re feeling a bit like breaking (or at least bending) some rules, you can grab the pattern for 10% off with the code WILFUL for the first few days its out.

That last picture there shows the matching mitts that will be out shortly.  Just in case you feel like planning ahead!

More swatches

The swatch parade continues, but I think we’re getting closer.

This little bit of frippery looks like nothing so much as a baby manta ray.  Which is actually quite delightful…but not what I’m going for at the moment. I’ll likely play more with that stitch in the future, but not just right now.

Right now, I think this is the way to go.  I mean once again, I find myself loving the teeny tiny skinny yarn, which will mean once again knitting a hat on size two needles.  But at least it will be a fetching hat with excellent drape.  You know…if I can summon the stamina to finish it.

All done

And there we are, done, blocked, ends woven in.  All finished as though it were the project of a proper grownup with an attention span longer than that of the average goldfish.

Now of course I have to take it out in the world to have its proper photo shoot (the giant rock in my office window is fine for blog pictures but not for pattern photos), and the pattern will be ready to come out.

Look for it next week if the world doesn’t present me with any exciting catastrophes between now and then.  And if you want me to tell you (and send you a discount code) when it comes out, do the mailing list thing and I will pester you as appropriate. While you wait, go raid your stash (or call your LYS, I’m sure they’d love to hear from you) and find something floofy that catches your eye and something a bit more mellow to pair it with.  Putting yarns together like this is fun, and we could all use more of that right now.

Block your knits

I’ve said this before (oh so very many times), but you should block your knitting.

Look how much better this hat is after I blocked it.

The stitches are smoother and more even.  The decreases lay down flat.  The top is nice and round and noticably less reminiscent of a screwdriver.  It’s just better.

And no, it’s not hard.  Get it wet, get it into the shape you want it to hold, let it dry.  That’s really all blocking is (there’s more in depth info over here, and even more if you put ‘blocking’ into the search bar on the blog, I have seriously been giving this particular speech for years and years and years).  But really, think of blocking more as ‘drying in the right shape’ and less as ‘weird scary magic trick’ and you’ll be less intimidated and more likely to do it (and your knitting will be much nicer all of a sudden).

You spent fifteen hours knitting the thing, you can spend five minutes blocking it.  It’s worth it.