Monday, 11 February 2013

Modification Monday: They'll Always Have Fresno

Original Pattern: Fresco Fair Isle Mitts

Knitter Extraordinaire: Eliza (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Using the colourwork design form the mitt pattern, Eliza turned it into a hat and reversed the light and dark colourwork. More great details can be found on her project page, here

What Makes This Awesome: I actually have this pattern and I didn't even recognize it when I saw this hat! This is one of the easiest ways to make a big change on the look of fair isle- reverse the light and dark yarns. It changes the contrast balance and often gives a stranded knit a whole new look. As for turning it into a hat, I love Eliza's solution with working the design to create an X with the diamond motif, and the decrease sections worked with the dark seam is perfection. It solves the problem of decreasing in a stranded pattern beautifully. This hat looks amazing!


Hilary said...

That's really cool! The pattern is awesome as interpreted in a hat.

(I also am curious about the name....Fresno is a town near my hometown in California's central valley!)

Hope you're having fun on your trip!

Anonymous said...

Genius. Great modification, terrific colors. Bravo!

Anonymous said...

Love the effect! Looks wonderfully rugged with the tweediness.