Knit Today Magazine - - Inspiring Colour -

Worked in ran­dom stripes us­ing yarn that can be sub­sti­tuted from your own stash, this is a truly cre­ative knit!

The idea be­hind th­ese pat­terns is to en­cour­age you to ex­per­i­ment. The gar­ment, hat and gloves all use a lot of dif­fer­ent coloured yarns and give you a great ex­cuse to play with colour. Use our rec­om­mended shades or go through your yarn stash and choose any colours you like to­gether that are of heav­ier DK, worsted and aran weights – if you don't know which is which, check out our yarn guides in the last is­sue, which is also avail­able at knit-to­day.com.

Choos­ing your yarns The given ten­sion is for a worsted weight yarn but it is pos­si­ble to use small amounts of heav­ier DK weight and aran weights in this gar­ment and still get the same over­all ten­sion, as the dif­fer­ences be­tween them will av­er­age out over the gar­ment. It's still im­por­tant to swatch to check your ten­sion. Swatch­ing also gives you a chance to check that your cho­sen colours will work to­gether.

Get­ting the right size This gar­ment is de­signed to fit loosely and so even the small­est size has a lot of ease. This means that a cen­time­tre or two here or there won’t make a huge over­all dif­fer­ence – which is great if you’re a new knit­ter!

Play­ing with colour If you are fol­low­ing the given se­quence and have run out of a par­tic­u­lar colour try sub­sti­tut­ing an­other yarn and en­joy see­ing what hap­pens! Rosee says, "When de­sign­ing this set I un­rav­elled rows a num­ber of times when I felt the colours weren’t work­ing to­gether. If you're start­ing from scratch, Cas­cade 220 is a fan­tas­tic pure wool yarn which comes in an amaz­ing colour range. It's my 'desert is­land yarn'!"

Tidy­ing up your ends When chang­ing colours you can weave in the ends as you go, which is quicker, or leave them all un­til the end, which is neater but takes longer.

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