I just really like knitting this Setesdal Hat, what can I say? It has that potato chip knitting quality—you’re scheming up the next one while you’re finishing the first one.
My First One
I stuck close to the pattern’s specified colors, though I did fool around with them a bit. Honestly, I like Arne & Carlos’s idea better than mine.
Ribbon Red, Gold Nugget, Wind Chime, Daphne, and Frost Pink Norwegian Wool shown here.
Theirs on the right, mine on the left, not yet blocked.
I don’t hate it, but as I was finishing it I thought, What if I dial it all the way back to black and white?
Number Two: The Starkness
Cloud Dancer and Peat Norwegian Wool
I like this one. Clean and boingy. Barely recognizable as a sibling to Hat No. 1. The stitch pattern looks utterly different.
As I finished this one, I thought about the bands of stitch patterns in the Setesdal Hat. Each band is an opportunity to play with two colors. Those zigzags look cool when they’re really different from what’s around them.
The Third One: Zigzag
So I went hard for the zigzags.
And I dialed back the contrast for the majority of the hat, so that the zigzag bands become A Big Deal.
Frost Pink, Wind Chime, Gold Nugget, Ribbon Red, and Frost Grey Norwegian Wool
Big deal zigzags!
I keep thinking about the fact that these are the same stitch pattern.
Each time I swap out a color, it changes everything. Every color choice alters the result. Color, tone, contrast—the possibilities are endless, and I can’t stop scheming. This kaleidoscope stitch pattern has got me hooked.
What’s ahead for Number Four? How about all 14 colors of Norwegian Wool and just see how that goes? Like when you moosh three flavors of ice cream together. What could possibly go wrong? Or knit it with two strands of one color, but still stranded?
OK that’s too conceptual even for me.
Arne & Carlos Explain It All for You
We are loving the Wednesday hangouts with Arne & Carlos on their podcast. Last week they went deep into the Setesdal Hat—have a look at Sit and Knit for a Bit!
Meanwhile . . .
Over in the Lounge, the Setesdal Hat knitalong is in full swing. Go have a look and get inspired! Post your hat progress there or Instagram with #moderndailyknitting and #arneandcarlos, and you’ll be eligible for awesome prizes.
Grab one each of five colors—or one each of two colors—here for your Setesdal Hat, and you’ll find yourself mesmerized just like the rest of us. And of course, our exclusive yarn bundle is available too, here.