Modification Monday: Locksley Hat Modification

Original Pattern: Locksley 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Andrea (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Using the design from the Locksley sweater pattern as a base, Andrea created the hat version. Great details with lots of info on the crown decreases and can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Andrea knit this stunning sweater for her son, and had some leftover yarn from the colourwork. The colour she had the most of was blue, so she used that as the base colour and echoed the stranded design in the hat, topped off with a perfectly bushy pom pom. This is a brilliant idea for when you have made a colourwork knit and have some of the yarn left over- why not make a complimentary knit with the same charts but inverted (or slightly different) colours? I love how Andrea thought to do this- if it was the same colour structure it might have been a little matchy-matchy, but the contrast is just right. Not to mention it reminded me how much I love this sweater!

19 comments

  1. Wanda   •  

    yes, doing the hat with the contrasting colors highlighted is just perfect – not matchy-matchy, but you are able to see the pattern repeat and wow, just a great idea for the leftover yarn of a colorwork project!

    • Julie   •     Author

      HI Wanda,

      I totally agree- and it’s fun to play around with the light and dark contrast of the colour work with colours you already know work well together! Very clever.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  2. Alina   •  

    So nice to see Reed and Andrea’s work on your blog!!! It is a very beautiful project and such a smart modification!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Alina,

      I’m a fan of Andrea’s work, it’s great to feature it! And I love both the original design and the mod.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  3. Hanna   •  

    Oh how awesome! So nicely done.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Hanna, I totally agree! 🙂

      Cheers,

      Julie

  4. Neulisti   •  

    A very nifty little mod. You can find beautiful charts in so many garments and you can use them anywhere. 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      So true!! And it’s great when you see people getting creative with the charts and using them in new ways. I love this design so much, I want a grown up version for myself!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  5. Stefanie   •  

    I loved seeing her son’s sweater on IG and all. How great to stretch it further for a hat with leftover yarn.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Stefanie,

      I otally agree, and I have spent a long time looking at that sweater and thinking about adapting it for a grown up size, because I want one for myself!

      Cheers,

      Julie

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thank YOU for making such a stunning hat and showing us all the perfect way to use up leftover yarn from a colourwork project!

      xo

      J.

  6. Lisa   •  

    You really have a way of finding great modifications. Thanks for sharing again – this is such a simple yet genius idea that is such a great use of left over yarn. And her photos are beautiful as well!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Lisa,

      So glad you agree! It’s especially clever way to handle leftover colourwork yarn, since you already know all the colours go well together!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  7. miss agnes   •  

    It’s perfect, isn’t it? Use the same yarn and knit a matching accessory. Clever and cute.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Agnes,

      And such a great way to use up some of the leftovers, so they don’t just linger in the stash forever. Especially when you know the colours already look good together!

      Cheers,

      Julie

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Jessica! I love Andrea’s take on the colourwork inversion here. 🙂

      Cheers,

      Julie

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