stranded colourwork hat on a dark wood table

Kellister by Gudrun Johnston available to buy on Ravelry


A new stranded colour work hat!

Kellister by Gudrun Johnston uses Jamieson's Spindrift, a 4ply Shetland wool.

This is a new shop sample and it knitted up very quickly.  I used Atlantic, Scotch Broom, Eesit/White and Rose. The colours are very subtle together - it's almost an optical illusion.

This is a good next steps stranded colour work project:

  • You're working with four colours - obviously only two at a time.
  • It has a large motif.
  • It has corrugated ribbing (knit with one colour, purl with another)

But it's still a 'gentle' project for beginner colour workers:

  • You are still only stranding over a small number of stitches
  • There's no stranding across the crown decreases

Looking for some colour combo inspiration?


Jamieson's Spindrift in Dusk, Laurel, Damask and Sand


Jamieson's Spindrift Dusk, Green Mist, Burnt Ochre, Orchid


Jamieson's Spindrift Moorit, Lomond, Granite, Eesit/White


Jamieson's Spindrift in Oxford, Burnt Umber, Burnt Ochre, Eggshell


Looking for another stranded colourwork hat?

Bousta Beanie, also by Gudrun Johnston, is an excellent beginners stranded colour work hat. There's a beret version too.

It has a small geometric pattern. This means it has a simple chart to read and it's easy to follow in your knitting too. There is also no corrugated ribbing.

But you are working the colour work at the crown decreases. This is not tricky... just watch you don't strand the yarn too tightly across the back.

We used Pebble, Stonewash and Seabright in our shop Bousta.


colour work hat in blues


Both patterns are available to buy on Ravelry and Jamieson's Spindrift 4ply Shetland wool is available to buy in the Pittenweem shop and online. 

In the Pittenweem shop, our Jamieson's Spindrift 4ply is organised by colour...


4ply and laceweight yarns at the woolly brew


It's the same on the website...



Oranges & Reds

Yellows and Browns



Naturals and greys 


For these hat designs, you'll need two balls of your main colour, and just one each of your contrast colours. If you've knitted with Spindrift before, check your stash as you really don't need much for the contrast colours.


For some top tips and tutorials on knitting stranded colour work, check out these links.


And there is a YouTube video by Gudrun Johnston showing how to turn the brim of the Kellister hat.


(If you have difficulty accessing patterns on Ravelry, please get in touch and I'll try to help)

June 01, 2021 — Fiona Wright

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