Breiwick – Jane’s first colourwork

Hi everyone. It’s Jane here.

Throughout last winter and into the Spring I was learning to knit using Knit:How.

I quickly progressed to knitting Kate’s famous, cabled O W L S sweater. 

In the Summer I became the Bold Beginner Knitter.


And since Autumn is most definitely here I’m on to the next instalment of my first year of knitting.

Kate’s been talking about knitting hats for a few weeks, so I decided to join her. Could I contend with colourwork? What pattern should I start with?

I settled on a contemporary Shetland design – Breiwick, by the young Shetland star that is Ella Gordon.

Ella’s hat was a stand-out piece from our hit pattern collection from last year. 

Here’s her original Breiwick adding grace to my heid on the cover of Milarrochy Heids.


Another reason for choosing to knit this design was that it is worked with only two colours at any one time, thereby limiting the chances of me ending up in a fankle!

Kate suggested I really try to knit with one yarn in each hand. Better to start my colourwork game strong than trying to learn this technique at a later date. I spent a bit of time trying to get used to the continental style which, happily, felt quite comfortable after a few rounds.

Colourwork Knitting Hat Breiwick 1 2019

I really like Ella’s original colour choices but, as is my nature, I couldn’t resist playing around with colours of my own. I got out my pencils, drew up the chart and coloured in all the boxes with my new colour choices. However when finished I decided I wanted to swap around some of the colours. I soon realised that playing around with the colours, on the paper chart I had drawn, was not going to be easy. After a bit of thought, I found a way of plotting the chart on Microsoft Excel and made my chart on the computer. 

Colourwork Knitting Hat Breiwick 2 2019

I reduced the number of colours to five and chose my shades of Milarrochy Tweed: Birkin, Lochan, Ardlui, Campion and Cowslip

Colourwork Knitting Hat Breiwick 3 2019

I’ll admit that after blocking I noticed one or two small errors, but I’m willing to let them remain and be a part of the story of my learning.

Colourwork Knitting Hat Breiwick 1 Glasgow 2019

There’s a lovely feeling of space in the beret with plenty of room for my hair, my ears and my glasses (always a consideration for me when choosing a hat for my big heid).

Colourwork Knitting Hat Breiwick 3 Glasgow 2019

Colourwork Knitting Hat Breiwick 2 Glasgow 2019

And, once again, I’m blown away by the magic of knitting.

Thanks Ella.

Do you fancy joining myself and Kate in our leisurely It’s On Your Heid knit along? Head over to our Ravelry group to find out more.

Breiwick Yarn pack
Milarrochy Heids
It’s On Your Heid KAL