Winter Woollies KAL: colour and patterns

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Hello! We are so excited as to how many of you have picked up the colours for the Winter Woollies KAL! there is still plenty of time left to get involved so today I thought I’d share some of our thought on the colours and a few ideas for free patterns available on Ravelry.

As you know the Knit A Long requires you to use at least four shades so we (Me -Ella, Amy and Kharis) tried to pick 2 lots of four shades of 2ply Jumper Weight that worked together. Our first group is shades 1,203,FC34 and FC41

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To us these colours make us think of dark nights, snow, ice, stormy skies and seas.. all typical of a winter in Shetland! our second group is FC43, FC38, 65 and 9113

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These colours are more ‘inside’ inspired shades – roaring fires, christmas trees, baking and mulled wine.

We hoped  by having these two groups it might give people more ideas – of course you can mix and match to your hearts content, it is just a starting off point and by changing one or more you get a different look –

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Sometimes it can be daunting to try and come up with a pattern too, even once you have decided on your colours.. To that end I thought I’d show you some fun patterns all available for free on Ravelry – they all call for fingering weight yarn which is what 2ply Jumper Weight comes under and a few even call for 2ply Jumper Weight exactly (Fair Isle Cuffs, Kite Mitts, Shwook hat) so all you have to do is pick your colour arrangement..

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clockwise from top left; fair isle cuffs, kites, far me socks, classic colourwork cowl
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retro sampler, snowflake fingerless mitts, solidago socks, shwook hat
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sheep may safely graze, tourbillon, stem and leaf cowl, fair isle flower sock

You will see some of the patterns only use 2 or 3 shades, all this means is you will have to add a couple more shades in to get to your 4 colours. This is easily done by doing a bit of background shading or foreground shading. If you feel you need to rechart the Fair Isle into your colours there are a few good free options – one is this Chartmaker which is free, there are also a few good tutorials online about using Microsoft excel to colour a chart (like this one)

I hope this has given you some ideas! We cant wait to see peoples ideas begin to take shape – remember to tag your project on ravelry and instagram using #winterwoolliesKAL and to share your projects in the group on the Jamieson & Smith Lovers group page

Happy Knitting!

3 thoughts on “Winter Woollies KAL: colour and patterns

  1. Susan October 26, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    What fun. Good luck to all!!

  2. curtthesheep October 26, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    I would be very happy to receive some of those hand knitted items for Christmas. I will have to send Santa my list…..

  3. Teleri June 20, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    You included one of my patterns in here? Wow, thank you! I am glad you like the Kites mittens. I sure love mine and the yarn is perfect. Keeping the hands cozy warm while being just “rustic” enough to withstand the elements. They get a lot of wear in the winter and get even better over time due to the strands on the inside felting together.

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