Stained Glass

When you make a wildly multi-colored project, like the Lenten KAL, often you end up with lots of leftovers. I always think about how fun it would be to come up with a leftovers project, but rarely do I come up with anything good. But this time, I had some inspiration. Every Sunday morning, when I go to church, I spend half the service staring at the beautiful window behind the organ.

Every week, since we’ve started attending this little church, I thought to myself, “Gee. That would make such a great hat!” When I realized that the KAL had all the colors I would need, I was sold. (In the interim, the “Rose of Edgeworth” hat pattern was born from this same window, though rather more subtly.) This was the first project on my needles after my Lenten fast, and now at long last it has been test-knit and is ready to share:

Sheilds Chapel

This is much easier than it looks. The Fair Isle is all two-color; the additional details are added at the end with duplicate stitch. Most of the floats are less than five stitches, making it very fun fair-isle and a quick little knit. (Wondering if you can make this with your leftovers? You need the most brown: about 66 yards of DK, or .6 oz if you’re using Felted Tweed. The other amounts are fairly nominal, not more than 22 yards max. If you used fingering weight, you make it a child’s hat!)

This pattern is available on Ravelry for $4.00. As usual, your support is invaluable to us. I hope you try this pattern and get as much of a kick out of it as I did. (Next experiment – wear the hat to church and see if anyone figures it out!)

5 thoughts on “Stained Glass

  1. I love your design! Very clever and pretty. It would be so cool to wear it with the scarf. I must at least finish the body of our fair isle sweater though…..
    And now I’ve got a new distraction: Dad and I put the spinning wheel together last night!


  2. Love this design and I am thinking of getting it. But, will be a firstie with fair isle. Let me ponder this as I will have to wait on this until the fall anyway.


  3. Believe it or not, this would not be a bad first fair isle project. I mean you might want to pick something with a more consistent pattern, but like I said, it’s only 2 colors per row, and most rows (with the exception of like 3 rows in the purple section) have floats short enough that you won’t have to add a twist.


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