In a Slipstream of Colour (and the hat pattern revealed)

We’ve had so much fun with the Slipstream mystery knitalongs that I’m sad they’re over. I’m thrilled that people enjoyed both mitts and cowl knitalongs so much!

Now all THREE patterns are revealed, In a Slipstream of Colour.

In a Slipstream of Colour

In a Slipstream of Colour

These designs were created to show-off the colours in a favourite yarn. In variegated or semi-solid, watch the colours slipstream elegantly from one section to the next.

You can enhance these gloriously-textured accessories with optional beads. Choose a colour that picks-out favourite tones in your yarn.

Worked in the round, these are fun intermediate projects. If you get stuck, there are clear photo-tutorials for all the special stitches on the Inspiration Knits blog.

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Who wants to see the new Slipstream Hat?

The pieces are made in 4ply/fingering with 365m/400yds per 100g skein. Choose a yarn with a good twist and a bit of bounce. For these patterns, I love:

Whimzy Twisted MN

Must Stash Yarns Jump & Jive

Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply

Madelinetosh Tosh Sock

2 skeins (200g) of any of these yarns will be enough to make the whole set of all 3 pieces, ready for Autumn. Details of yarn usage for each project is given on each of the pattern pages, so you can work out your own combination of projects – perfect for gifts.

Slipstream Mitts

The pattern includes a choice of styles. You can make simple wrist-warmers or regular mitts with a shaped thumb gusset; it’s flexible.

If you’re making that thumb gusset, don’t miss the little design detail here. It really stands out in a variegated yarn, such as Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply in Tweed Imps (that yarn has such a cult following!):

A line of slipped stitches runs up the centre of the thumb gusset.

A line of slipped stitches runs up the centre of the thumb gusset.

You can easly adjust the length of wrist or finger coverings, so they suit you perfectly. They are sized for S/M and L/XL hands, but that’s easily adjustable too. The standard size is just that; an “average” length of mitt.

With a full skein of yarn you may wish to lengthen the cuffs for a more glamorous look – especially if you’re adding beads here too. This is what I did on the turquoise mitts, in vibrant Must Stash Jump & Jive.

Slipstream Mitts - with a longer cuff and optional beads.

Slipstream Mitts – with a longer cuff and optional beads.

Slipstream Cowl

The snug size is shaped to sit beautifully over a sweater or inside a coat. It’ll keep out the draughts without being bulky. I do love bright accessories for dull days and with those typically dark winter coats. I love Sea Green from Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply range, shown at the top of the post.

We also made one in Must Stash Jump & Jive; this time in cheerful Sunset, with clear beads with gold centres. I was thrilled to find this warm shade was really flattering. I can imagine wearing this on a wintery city evening, walking home at dusk.

Coral and gold Sunset to brighten up a chilly day.

Coral and gold Sunset to brighten up a chilly day.

At 50cm/20” around by 22cm/9” tall, the size is easily adjustable. And of course you can pick whichever colour you like. You’ll notice above that the bottom border is just a plain rib, for simplicity. Well, there is an optional fancy rib. So, how about that fancy rib in a soft pink Sweet Pea from Whimzy? Team this cowl with jeans and we’re off to the park.

Looking sweetly pretty in aptly-named Sweet Pea, with the fancy rib at the bottom edge.

Cowl looks sweetly pretty in aptly-named Sweet Pea, with the fancy rib at the bottom edge.

Slipstream Hat

This hat was designed to complete the Slipstream set. It’s a surprise addition to the ebook, now that the mystery knitalongs of mitts and cowl are finished.

Worked in the round, it is an intermediate project. There is also the option to add a few beads at the top section of the rib hat-band.

 

Detail of hatband, showing off the variegated yarn colours.

Detail of hatband, showing off the variegated yarn colours.

The pattern is written with S/M and L/XL sizes. You can adjust the size of the hat easily, for petite or larger sizes.

Whilst I love this design in semi-solids too, in this variegated yarn I love the way the slipped stitches come together at the top of the hat. It’s a kind of grand finale for all the colours we’re showing off.

The crowning glory? I love the top of this hat!

The crowning glory? I love the top of this hat!

It just remains to add a couple of details: The single patterns for hat, cowl or mitts are £3.50 each. The In a Slipstream of Colour ebook, containing all 3 patterns is just £4.50, making it great value.

Do join us throughout August when we Knitalong our Slipstream projects. I’m looking forward to pinning more gorgeous projects to my Slipstream Pinterest board.

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5 thoughts on “In a Slipstream of Colour (and the hat pattern revealed)

  1. What yarn is the hat in? It’s fabulous – I think my favourite of the set (at least, the one that is possibly best at showing off its particular yarn). The mitts are wonderful, too. (Coincidentally I recently made my own mitts with a slipped-stitch line on the thumb gusset – great minds think alike… I find it such a neat detail.)

  2. Hi Louise I wonder if you can help me. I receive your new blog posts as and when they are issued. I also subscribe to another blog through WordPress. All the messages I get, whether from you or the other subscription, all come as if from the other blog. Any ideas as to what I can do? So the header says From BarberBlackSheep….. Subject (New Post) In a …… Reply to Inspiration Knits…. To (Me) ann@….

    Thanks Ann

    • Hi Ann, What a pain! I’m really sorry, it isn’t anything we (writers) can fix – we don’t/can’t do technical stuff to do with the site. Please contact WordPress help or have a look on their help forums in case it’s a known problem. I hope you find an easy fix.

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