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Knitting Goes Neon

Apr 28, 2014

Back in the late 80s, I had a Swatch watch with a neon orange band. It was excellent, as we used to say. The best part about it was that it matched my orange, blue, and white madras shorts from The Gap. It was all about color back then, and a lot of it.

Krypton Hat
by Megan Werdmuller von Elgg

That love of color is back, but in moderation. I like how styles come back into fashion, bringing with them the best of the original.

A pop of color is never a bad thing, and when you apply that color to a cool knitted accessory? Even better.

Megan Werdmuller von Elgg's Krypton Hat is a great way to use a touch of neon. Even its name is neonish. Is that a word?

The inspiration for her cabled hat came from the motion of bright saltwater taffy being pulled at a boardwalk taffy stand. I can totally see that in this design.

The cables in this hat grow out of the ribbing in an organic way and are staggered, creating a twisted taffy-like look.

This hat is the perfect venue for neon yarn, so we've kitted it up for you!

The yarn in the kit is Filatura Di Crosa's Sportwool Yarn, a 100 percent virgin wool, sportweight  yarn that has great stitch definition to perfectly show off the cable knitting in the Krypton Hat.

There are four colors to choose from—lime, orchid, light coral, or dark aqua.

I think I'd choose the light coral, as an homage to my old friend, the orange Swatch watch. I do love that lime, though!

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P.S. Yay or nay on the new neon style? Leave a comment and weigh in!

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Knit neon! Grab your Krypton Knitted Hat kit in lime, orchid, light coral, or dark aqua for a head-turning cabled topper.


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azure1 wrote
on Apr 30, 2014 5:19 AM

Neon!!!!! Most Assuredly!!!! In moderation or all out!!!!! NEON!!!!! :))

rangapeach wrote
on Apr 29, 2014 2:05 PM

As much as I love vivid colours, I've got recent concerns about the dyes used to achieve them just doesn't seem to go with the "green" ethic, avoiding the use of toxic substances etc.  Sorry, hate to be a party-pooper....Love the hat pattern anyway.

on Apr 29, 2014 8:24 AM

Love the neon colors. My fab? Lime or orchid!

on Apr 29, 2014 8:23 AM

Love the neon colors!! Can't choose a fav ... either the lime or the orchid!

on Apr 29, 2014 12:08 AM

If the weather weren't finally starting to warm up in our corner of the world, I definitely would start this in any of my favorite colors. It has been the winter of hand knit hats at my house. Leave a few skeins for me at Paradise.

silvermox wrote
on Apr 28, 2014 7:13 PM

In small doses, neon is great! I loved the Knitscene section in which this hat was featured.  Very sci-fi. You always have to keep the trends current and retro is current.  Great job, Knitscene!

on Apr 28, 2014 6:36 PM

Glad to see neon back. Loved them in 1967, love them now.

Sherill wrote
on Apr 28, 2014 5:35 PM

Neon's not for me.

Sherill wrote
on Apr 28, 2014 5:35 PM

Sorry, neon's not for me.

on Apr 28, 2014 1:38 PM

Maybe in hunting season, but otherwise NAY!