I’ve made lots of plain black ribbed beanies over the years, they’re nice and mindless to knit, so last winter when I wanted a quick instant gratification project, I figured I’d make one for myself but make a bit more interesting by adding a contrast yarn. I had a couple of skeins of off-white DK weight yarn left from a sweater so this seemed like a perfect use for it! Nothing like some black and white marling amirite.
When I remembered this would be a good little design to dip my toes in the pattern writing waters with, I also realised how easy it would be to add any colour to black to make it different, or knit with any two colours for all sorts of looks – bright, primary, natural, neutral, dark… I sometimes sketch out my designs and colour them in to test before committing to a yarn, but that can be tricky when the different colours are in the yarn itself. So I made a little tool to test out different colours before swatching, on a webpage.