Crazy for Color – The Accessories (and pants!)

by stephen on March 12, 2014

I just completed a new e-book called Crazy for Color! It’s a collection of 10 new garments and accessories focused on playing with color and mixing different yarns and fibers together.

You can access the whole collection for $20 USD

Two of the first designs use 2-color brioche. I quickly became obsessed with this cushy stitch pattern after taking a class with the Queen of Brioche, Nancy Marchant, at Penelope Craft in Amsterdam.

Precocious Briocheous is a simple quirky hat that can be worn all sorts of ways.

It’s knit back and forth with some increases and ends with a garter stitch band. Then the side and top of the hat are seamed, resulting in cozy little devil horns. I used a worsted weight wool for the blue/gray and a creamy alpaca. I love the reversibility and squishy softness of brioche stitch and it’s a great gauge match with garter stitch.

My friendly Reykjavik companion, Laura, helped get the hat started. Friends help friends knit brioche and pose for instagram selfies.

My love affair with brioche stitch continued with an enormous worsted weight striped scarf, Bundled in Brioche.

I used a total of 9 colors from my stash including one of my current color obsessions, royal blue. I acquired several skeins of Orkney Angora St. Magnus DK in the Ultramarine color from Loop in London and used it in several of Crazy for Color garments. I can’t get enough of that vibrant blue!

This scarf was my best friend in Reykjavik during the New Year because of the lofty fabric that traps warmth. Here I am bundled in brioche with exploding geysers!

I knit a semi-circular shawl called Rising Dawn with two skeins of Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20. My mom, Dawn, designed the beautiful colorway and I was so surprised when I saw it because it’s totally a color I would have chosen.

The slip stitch pattern is perfect for variegated yarns. It’s not too fussy and it gives the fabric a woven look.

I shared my first pants pattern, Cushy Tushy, in the Crazy for Color collection in a not so crazy color, black.

I used to never knit with black and I didn’t own any black clothing either. I opted for browns or bright colors instead, but I’m coming to appreciate the sleek simplicity of black and incorporating it into some of my color palettes. Having more colors in your repertoire expands your options for mixing and matching outfits.

The pattern is written for a chunky yarn. I held Léttlopi together with a mohair boucle to get a chunky fuzzy texture. The fabric is soft and cozy. Sometimes lopi gets a bad rap for being itchy and scratchy, but I find it to be just fine. It helps to wear it in less humid climates.

I have a couple pairs of handknit pants now along with some sassy shorts that are coming later this spring. Owning knit bottoms will change your life because you open the possibility for wearing handknits from head to toe. Super cozy and super duper stylish!

Knit pants also look excellent while busting sweet dance moves.

One can never have enough hats so I whipped up a quick seed stitch hat in my favorite slouchy style.

The Starry-Eyed Slouch eats ups all those little bits of scrap yarn. I held a DK weight strand of black wool/angora together with fingering and lace weight scraps for a stripey marled look.

The crocheted stars are added afterward using this handy dandy Westknits video tutorial. You could even add the stars to an already finished hat!

And of course a pom pom is popped on top. Pom pom it!

And pose in your rhinestones.

The amazing rhinestone and feather necklaces shown in this collection are all by Cakes & Troubles.

Next up, I’ll share all the Crazy for Color sweaters!

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Meredith MC March 13, 2014 at 10:25 pm

I love the hat and the shawl. Due to my love affair with Madeline Tosh light I have many colors of leftover skeins which I think would look excellent with a fingering weight black in that hat.
The shawl is beautiful- I have a love/hate relationship with slip-st patterns tho, because although they drape in an amazing way and have a unique look, they take longer to knit. That shawl would be worth the extra time though!
Can’t wait to see the sweaters!

Michelle R. March 14, 2014 at 11:14 am

I’m tempted to buy the book to get the PHOTOS! I don’t knit (yet) because crochet has always held my heart captive, but your designs, oh, your designs are phenomenal and glorious!! Thank you for sharing yourself, wonderful Westie!

hélène Le Guen April 6, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Félicitations !!!!! bravo pour votre créativité et vos modèles si fun !!!!

hélène Le Guen April 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm

félicitations !!!!
bravo pour votre créativité et vos modèles
je suis fan !
hélène le guen

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