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    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

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Colorwork warmup: bismark hat pattern

I’m going to be embarking on a massing colorwork project soon, so I figured a little warm-up was needed.  I chose the Bismark pattern and some Road to China Light yarn from The Fiber Company from my stash that my parents had bought me last year and was off!  I was undecided about the pompom because the top of the hat came together in a lovely way, but in the end went for the pompom.  Why not?  Additional project details on my ravelry page.

bismark plaid knit hat

I haven’t blocked this yet, but I did notice that I need to work on when I wrap my carried yarn into the working yarn on sections where it won’t be used–you can see a pucker in the middle of almost every solid block of color from where I twisted the two yarns around each other.  I’m okay with it on this hat but I know I’ll want the sweater this is a warm-up for to be perfect!

plaid knit hat

A peek at the lovely top both before and after the pompom.

bismark hat

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