After knitting the five color photo sample for Field Guide No. 23: Glow, I wanted to see the bones of the color work more clearly by knitting a Setesdal Hat in two colors of Norwegian Wool.
Lounge knitters Memaw (Cappucino and Daphne), Decourtney (Coastal Fjord and Vanilla Custard), and Sallygtx (Red Velvet and Frost Pink) also chose two-color Setesdal Hats.
Keeping an eye on the Setesdal Hat KAL in the Lounge, I noticed several other knitters had the same idea. Great minds!
Here’s Ann’s two-color Setesdal in Cloud Dancer and Peat.
Main Color (MC) Peat and Contrast Color (CC) Wind Chime
My own version begins with a deeper 12 round ribbing, this suits my head and covers my ears more snugly while also covering and holding my twisty bun.
To adapt the chart for 2 colors, use the MC for shades A and D and the CC for shades B, C and E:
- Rounds 1–5 Work A in the MC, work B in the CC
- Rounds 6–11 Work D in the MC, work C in the CC
- Rounds 12–16 Work E in the CC
- Rounds 17–22 Work as 6–11
- Rounds 23–27 Work as 1–6
- Rounds 28–38 Work A in the MC, work C in the CC.
I worked one more round of MC, before shaping the top, and I swapped out the mirrored decrease for a Center Double Decrease.
To work a Center Double Decrease, slip 2 stitches as if to K2tog, knit 1, pass the 2 slipped stitches over.
This technique creates spines that lead to the 4 stitch I-cord, shown here knit long enough to tie with an overhand knot.
Following the pattern for the marker set up, then
Decrease: *Knit to 2 stitches before marker, remove the marker, CDD, place the marker; repeat from * to the end, and include a decrease at the BOR marker.
8 stitches have been decreased.
Knit one round.
Repeat the decrease every other round 12 more times, changing to DPNs when necessary. 8 stitches remain.
Knit one round. (For a flat, plain top, thread the tail through live stitches, pull tight, fasten off, and you’re done.)
For the embellished top, set up for the I-cord by K2tog four times. 4 stitches remain.
To work I-cord: *Slip all stitches to the other end of your needle. Knit across all stitches.*
Work the I-cord to your desired length, then fasten off and knot!
But, wait, there’s more.
For a delightful difference, I added a few cross stitches with leftover bits of that sunny yellow, Gold Nugget. I tied off each and every X on the inside.
Tiny crosses over single stitches at the top for extra cuteness. You could also use Duplicate Stitch.
Note: When knit to gauge, there will be enough of the CC remaining to make a second hat, but another ball (or different shade) of the MC will be required.