western sunsets.


Here are two versions of the Western Sunset hat I knit up this month. The first one is amazing blacks and oranges and reds, and its perfect. The second I made to match my blue jacket but it doesn’t have the same power as the first version; color choice in fair isle knitting is such an important factor. I like it, but I don’t LOVE it.

Both versions were knit up using scraps of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage I had in various colorways; think thyme, ink, saffron, tomato, and glazed pecan, to name a few. Then there are a few bits of Manos Del Uruguay in teal.

It’s a perfect stash buster for all those odds and ends you have leftover from other projects. The combinations are endless. I definitely want to make more of these that ring more toward the orange and black one than the navy and teal one.

What do you think? How important is crazy color contrast in fair isle? Very important, i.m.h.o. Have you had projects that you hated the fair isle because your colors were just “off”? What do you think of my blue version–less blah than I feel about it?

See my project notes here and here. Knit a version of Helen Yates’ Western Sunset hat yourself. And browse through my other hats.


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