Handspun and silk

This is a mash-up of stitch patterns and yarns, for a unique and incredibly soft effect.  The natural white yarn is handspun by Ryan of Knotty By Nature Fibre Arts, a single 125g skein I snagged while up in Victoria.  It’s 30% silk and 70% merino, with a wonderful thick/thin texture.  I cast on 17 stitches, slipped the first stitch of each row, then knit two selvedge stitches every row, and knit the following lace pattern in between the selvedge stitches:

R1 – K1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1
R2 – Purl all sts
R3 – K2, yo, sk2p, yo, k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k2
R4 – Purl all sts
R5 – K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1
R6 – Purl all sts
R7 – k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k3, yo, ssk
R8 – Purl all sts

For the second half of the cowl, I used a partial leftover skein of Long Dog Yarn Single in color Hydrangea.  I double-stranded the Hydrangea yarn, and then knit both strands with a third strand of Lakes Yarn & Fiber Silk Single (color Delphinium).  For the pattern, I cast on 21 stitches, slipped the first stitch of every row, and knit in broken rib.

Both pieces are knit on US 11s, then bound off and seamed together.  The total length is approximately 40″ post-blocking.

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