Adventurous Colorwork Ideas

Cast-On Day for our 2023 Colorwork Accessories KAL is this Friday, February 17th! We’ve spent the last few weeks flipping through patterns and swatching, and want to pass the excitement onto you.

Our third and final blog post in this mini-series is dedicated to those with an adventurous streak, who aren’t afraid to to go completely out of their comfort zone and use their crafting to take them to far away places. KALs like this are the perfect excuse to try something new, whether it be a design, type of yarn, or a new craft! 


For the “Choose Your Own Adventurer” 

One of the joys of colorwork is being able to paint pictures using wool and needles. If you’re someone who likes to dabble in design or can’t seem to find the right motif for cast-on day, consider checking out the KnitSonik series! Written by Felicity Ford, this series teaches you how to translate the day-to-day into stranded colorwork so you can make your own motifs. The KnitSonik Stranded Colorwork Sourcebook, and its sequel: KnitSonik Stranded Colorwork Playbook, guide you through everything from yarn colors to charts and even includes two accessory patterns that are the perfect canvas for your own design! 


Stranded Colorwork


For those who want to “Crochet-Along”

Spraoi Mittens and Cowl

Spraoi Mittens & Spraoi Cowl on Ravelry

© Amelia Claudia Photography

While many of us will be picking up our needles this KAL, you can accomplish beautiful multicolored motifs using a crochet hook! Even though they’re inspired by the look of traditional colorwork knitting, the Spraoi Mittens & Spraoi Cowl are completely crochet. Made up in the lightweight yet super warm Biches & Bûches Le Petit Lambswool, this mitten and cowl combo is perfect for your winter wardrobe. We have over 31 colors available, so browse now to find your perfect combo!



For Those With Woolly Wanderlust

Part of what makes our craft so special is how it introduces us to fiber cultures from other parts of the world. And what better place to daydream off to than Bonnie Scotland? Our very own Corinne designed the Balvonie Bonnet in tribute to one of her favorite places growing up in Scotland. Named for Balvonie of Inshes near Inverness, this pattern was a hit during our last Colorwork KAL! Get inspiration from all the project pages on Ravelry, and grab the pattern or a kit in our store to cast-on soon. 


Check out our Balvonie Bonnet Kits 

Purchase the Pattern in our Store



For Those Seeking Knitstory

If yarns and patterns with knitstory inspire you, the J&S Fair Isle Cap (or Kep in Shaetlan) brings you both in one project. The kit uses J&S Heritage Yarn: a line created to replicate the colors and yarns found in the Shetland Museum and Archives. The pattern replicates an offshore “haaf” fisherman’s cap found in the Shetland collections featuring a folded brim and 19th century fair isle motifs. This project is as Shetland as can be and will keep your ears toasty for many years to come. 

Fair Isle Kit

Kit including Pattern


What Will You Cast On? 

These are just a handful of suggestions, and with so many all-over colorwork accessories to choose from you can’t go wrong! Still have questions about the brass tacks of the KAL? Make sure to check out our Blog Post covering the KAL’s FAQs and sign up for the KAL to be eligible for prizes and receive your free pattern for the Flowers of Fortrose hat by our very own Corinne. 

If you’ve already decided on a project, comment the pattern below to keep the knitspiration going!


  • Caitlin

    Hi Mickie, you can email us at and we’d be happy to help! Or post in our Facebook or Ravelry group and lots of helpful knitters could answer!

  • Mickie Sandman

    I need help interpreting the Buggiflooer Beanie pattern. I bought the yarn from TWT, but realize I don’t understand how these charts are laid out. How do I get in touch with someone at Woolly Thistle? Thank you.

  • Kitty Crawford

    Will be making the Belvonie bonnet as soon as it arrives. Love the design. In the meantime will be working on some charity hats.

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