Updated: Jan 24, 2021
It is interesting to ponder how ideas are transformed into projects. Sometimes its all about connecting some ideas or thoughts (the dots) and adding the creative juices to mix them together to see what happens. My mosaic toque is a great example.
I purchased an new pea coat at the end of winter last year in a light grey. So subconsciously I have been thinking about what colour combination can I put with the light grey coat because we know that we need colour in winter. This is simmering in the background when my subscription to Interweave Knits comes. Oooh, the front cover has that dark grey and golden rod colour. I like that. I stash dive and to my luck I have left over skeins of Custom Woolen Mills 2ply 100% wool mule spinner in light grey (more than 1 ball), golden rod (1 full skein) and about half of a ball of the dark grey. Wow, is this meant to be?
So I explore a little further. Note that I have now dropped everything else I had on the go to follow this trail of crumbs. So I was looking at my Curly Q Coat I had posted on Instagram and remembered how enjoyable it was to create with mosaic knitting (Barbara Walker's book). Another mosaic? Let's see if I can find a pattern that jumps out at me. Ha, ha you know that there will be, the question is can I make it work in a toque style.
So I decide that I can make it happen based on previous hats I have made (Winter Beauties Hat and Pony) only this time it won't look like a crown, but a ribbing and then the mosaic pattern, not a tight fitting toque but a bit slouchy so I can make the mirror or shadow work for the pattern.
An so we swatch for number of stitches per inch and begin the exploration.
So far so good. The mirror or shadow is pretty cool. It's a colour switch of the stitches. So we continue and in no time we have a toque with very cool patterning. You will note that I started with a single k1, p1 rib in light grey. With mosaic you can see from the picture there are floats so in essence the toque is a double knit lending warmth. I thought the single k1, p1 in light grey wasn't enough contrast so I picked up stitches on the edge with right side facing and did another k1, p1 rib in dark grey. Much better, so now I have this cast-on light grey trim moving into the dark grey so now it balances with the shadow portion of the mosaic.
So now we are almost done except for the pom-pom. I think the great big pom poms are fun but they should be in wool not manufactured. Do I remember how to make one? I check my knitting bag and fortunately I do have a pom-pom maker. Yup we want big and hey I think we have enough dark grey (barely) to load the ring up. It was surprisingly easier than I thought. You cut a length of yarn (like 4 yards) double it and then start wrapping the rings. Depending where you load the colors you can get some pretty cool colour designs. Another opportunity to play for another day! Okay so load, tie a length of yarn around the middle (not too tight as I broke my first one) and then we cross our fingers and cut. Voila, a big pom-pom!
Along this journey, I view a friend's post that these colours are the pantone colours of the year. Who knew? This toque is right on cue! I am also thinking about Custom Woolen Mills. They have a group that grows and harvests their own natural dyes and I think this would be an awesome project as the dark grey and light grey are natural colours and the dyed yarn golden rod (not sure what flower- marigold?) would create this lovely colour.
Project complete and ready for pattern write-up. At this point I have to decide whether it will be a kit or posted as a pattern on Ravelry. Its a hard choice sometimes because I end up holding a lot of inventory if my guess doesn't interest you. I decide that it will be a pattern and I will offer it up to the Custom Woolen Mills group so they can use their stash of lovely naturally dyed yarn. And so Winter Beauties Mosaic is a new design.
Now wouldn't a scarf in this mosaic look fantastic with it...