I first heard about the Knit Play Colour collection in the summer, and was excited to speak with Louise about the project– and even more excited that she was reserving some sponsorship space for the collection launch, you can see the link on the right!– because she was describing exactly the sort of collection that I wish had existed. A book that had pattern recipes for accessories that worked for a wide range of gauges, and could easily incorporate other elements like stripes, beads, interesting colour changes, and had lots of ideas for how to handle those hard-to-resist skeins of colour variegated that then become very difficult to find a good pattern for. But I think Knit Play Colour solves all of that.
The collection features ten patterns all by Louise Zass-Bangham, plus ideas and directions for ‘playing’ with each. You can order a digital copy or a print copy- print copy is available here, and the digital copy is available for purchase here.
I have a tough time picking favourites out of this collection, because each is such a choose-your-own-adventure that it’s possible for a hundred people to knit the same pattern and have them all look quite different from each other. But these are pretty compelling:
This is a pattern that impresses the heck out of me. It shows you exactly how to make a skein of yarn that seem like it won’t knit into anything pretty — no matter how hard you try — into a gorgeous and super wearable knit. It’s all about pairing it with a ‘yarn tamer’ colour that helps provide balance.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You have ever bought a yarn that was so pretty and bright in the skein but proved to be too crazy every time you tried to swatch.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You don’t like cowls. Because you don’t even need to take a crazy coloured skein, you could easily do this in a soft grey and cream, and would be drop dead gorgeous. So if this isn’t for you, then it’s probably more about the cowl than about the yarn.
A shallow triangular scarf with lots of garter stitch, this is great for stash busting, handspun yarns, as well as using mini skeins. You could have subtle or dramatic stripes, depending on your style. You could also incorporate just two colours or as many as you’d like.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You love stripes, and stashbusting makes you feel awesome.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: Stripes are not your thing, you aren’t into triangular scarves, or if you have no need to stashbust.
This wrap pattern suits yarn weights from DK through to Chunky, has has lots of luscious cables the fade out into stockinette. Wrap is worked lengthwise, so you can make it as long or as short as you want.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You love cables. Because clearly, there are cables.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You don’t like cables. I think you can see why that would be important.
I’m a little biased on this one, since I’m actually knitting it right now and really enjoying it. I love the pattern as soon as I saw it, because the texture seems to handle variegated yarns so well. Pattern includes directions for both a fingering weight version and a DK version.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You have a skein of variegated fingering that you have no idea what to do with, or a couple of DK skeins that you would really like to knit up into textured scarf.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You aren’t that into scarves, or if you aren’t into textured knits. Don’t let the variegated yarns fool you- this would be lovely in a tonal or a solid, as long as you like texture.
I’m knitting it up in Cold Spring Creations 2 ply merino sock yarn in the ‘Acorn’ colourway, and I feel like the colours are just perfect for fall. This is the kind of project that is so enjoyable- the pattern is interesting but memorize, and I’m using a yarn that has a lot of visual interest, so I really enjoy working on it. Plus, it’s great purse knitting.
Would you like to win a digital copy of the Knit Play Colour collection? Heck yeah! I’ve got one digital copy to giveaway- please leave a comment here letting me know which pattern you are crazy about, and what elements of ‘play’ you’d like to incorporate. entries will close midnight tomorrow night (Thursday, Eastern TImezone) with the winner announced on Friday!