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Prism – Get your colourwork on

September 23, 2016
The photoshoots for Mad Colour were epic!

The photoshoots for Mad Colour were epic!

We know colourwork can seem daunting somehow, but we have the perfect starter pattern: Prism. As you may have read (or guessed!) we love a good swatch hat. A hat is an excellent blank canvas to test out different colour combinations and techniques plus you end up with a usable finished knit. Prism is 3 hats in one pattern, Dots, Stripes, and Triangles.


Prism was one of our favourite patterns to knit samples for. We could just take a wander through the stash, pull out a few DK weight yarns and cast on. We mixed and matched, and as soon as one hat was done, the next was on the needles!



The Dots hat is the perfect place to use up those odds and ends of your precious favorite colour combinations. While we wrote the pattern using DK for the main colour and contrasts, you could really use a fingering or a worsted  for the ‘dots’ without a worry. After knitting *ahem* a few blankets I really had a lot of teeny balls and little scraps that were begging to become something beautiful. With a neutral background (maybe a white or grey) you really can’t go wrong. Us a darker MC and bright dots for a bit of drama, an ombre for a little sophistication, or a rainbow for a bit of fun!



Emily has been obsessed with stripes for a while now. I think it all started with the Bumble hat…or maybe the single row stripe Playdate for Max….or maybe it has always been there, in the back of her mind begging to be let out! The stripes hat seems pretty straight forward right? Take 2 colours, stripe them. BUT the beauty of stripes is that they can be stripes of all kinds! The rainbow striped hat seems more like blocks of colour. An ombre (can you tell we were into ombres?) makes for an eye catching beauty, and simple black and white are always a winner.


Colour choices can make a big difference when it comes to single row stripes. Choosing 2 similar tones creates a blended effect (like our black and grey hat), really a whole new colour. High contrast stripes have a different look altogether (like Ellis’ black and white stripes). The possibilities, oh the possibilities!




My very favourite sample from the whole collection is this triangle hat Emily knit. With such a mad stash of bits and bobs of Rainbow Heirloom yarn from her days as a yarn dyer she was able to use a rainbow of tonal combinations to an effect that has me head over heels! The pattern is simple, the carries or ‘floats’ are short and this is a great first fair isle project.


So, which of our million samples is your favorite?

More fun hats from TCK



5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2018 9:57 am

    OMG that colorful triangle hat!!

  2. yarnstoreindia permalink
    September 27, 2016 10:50 pm

    cool colors love them all

  3. September 23, 2016 12:41 pm

    As soon as Michael saw this hat (triangles) he demanded one in Sweet Fiber cashmere twist (because I happen to have a shawl in that yarn on the needles right now). Good thing Knit City it just around the corner!

    • September 23, 2016 12:47 pm

      And as soon as I read this I thought, maybe I need one in cashmere twist…..lols

      • September 23, 2016 1:44 pm

        LOL. It’s terrible — the enabling just goes around and around in circles. I’ll drop by your booth and show you the yarn I settle on after I buy it. :)

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