Here’s my version of the Selbu Modern hat:

I used Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift (yellow), Knit Picks Palette (“asphalt”) and sizes 1 and 2 needles.  I’m pretty happy with this.  I considered making the contrasting color a caramel brown.  But I’m glad I settled on the dark grey because I’m not sure brown would have provided enough contrast.  The finished hat could probably stand to be blocked a bit slouchier but, from experience, I know I’d rather have low slouch than too stretched out so I may just leave it as is for awhile.

The knitting went pretty well, though small-gauge fair isle can be murder on the hands, which is why I only do it once in awhile.  I did knit three stitches in the wrong colors, but I noticed it right away so I just put markers on them, carried on and then duplicate-stitched over them at the end.  That was way easier than tinking back dozens and dozens of stitches, which would have risked screwing things up even worse.


The only other thing I messed up was the very last two rounds, which I misread.  The way I knit them altered the slants of the decreases.  But if you look closely, you’ll see that forms the tiniest heart shape — and I kind of like it!