Pattern: 3 Color Cashmere Cowl
Cast on 144 sts – started with US 5s, changed to US 4s around Band 3 – changed to US 3s around Band 4Pin It
Yarn: Camellia Fiber Company CFC Merino Worsted – 2 1/2 skeins River Rock for MC (215 yds per skein) and partial skeins of Ivory and Bubblegum for the stripes
Pattern: Little Lighthouse pullover, published in Swoon Maine – I substituted the fair isle on the yoke for 4-round stripes, and added 2-round stripes to the sleeves. I originally intended to use these colors for the fair isle pattern, but when I got started, I could tell that they were too low value – that is, there wasn’t enough contrast between the colors. I was afraid that the fair isle would just blur together and muddy the colors without showing any definite pattern. So, I opted for stripes instead.
Size: 10 y/o – I needed a finished size between 10 and 12, and since my gauge was a little larger than that called for in the pattern, I knit size 10 and counted on it sizing up just a smidge.
Needles: US 7s and US 6s (ribbing)Pin It
To use up some of my Scholar scraps, and to coordinate with my new Maritime sweater . . .
Yarn: Plucky Scholar 2.0 – colors Wintery Mix, Magnet & Steel, and Barn Door
Needles: US 5s (ribbing) and US 7s
Pattern: C/O 96 sts – K1P1 ribbing to 1 1/2″, then change to larger needles, increase by 6 sts, and knit 4 rounds straight. Then I began the pattern motif from Leef’s Ear Flap Hat, but as an 8-stitch repeat (doubling each stitch as set forth on the pattern). I followed the pattern alteration from Steven’s Grayscale Hat to get a return to the original color before beginning the decreases. I then knit straight until 9″ and began decreases.
I placed a marker every 17 sts, and K2tog before each marker and ask after each marker every round until I reached 18 sts. Then I cut the yarn and pulled it through the remaining stitches.
I’ve yet to find the hat pattern that achieves the perfect slouch – enough so that it doesn’t end up standing straight up on my head later in the day, like some odd goiter, but not so slouchy that it looks like it’s melting off my head, or like I made a beret with way too much fabric. This one is a little stiff – probably because it’s knit in Scholar. Oh well, maybe if I keep pulling it down into a slouch, it will start to stay that way.Pin It
More gorgeous colors from Camellia Fiber Company!
Pattern: Ashburn by Melanie Berg
Yarn: 1 skein each (25o yds) of CFC Plume (40% alpaca, 40% merino wool, 20% silk) in colors Currant, Ivory, and Shell
Needles: US 7s
I changed much of the garter stitch on either end to stockinette, and just knit in each color until I ran out. I wish you could feel how soft and cozy this shawl is – the yarn’s hand is the perfect complement to the delicate and muted colors. The FO is very long – enough to wrap around my neck twice – but so light, and not too wide, it looks beautiful without overwhelming.Pin It
Pattern: Peak Color by The Plucky Knitter
Yarn: Plucky Primo Fingering in Churchmouse Yarn & Teas colors: I Want Some Mora, 24 Blackbirds, Ferry Schedule, Sound Crossing, and Forever Green (one partial skein of each)
Needles: US 5s
This would be beautiful in a little heavier weight yarn, too – something sport or DK, perhaps. It would give it a little bigger span and a little greater heft, both of which would wear well.Pin It
Wow, can Jill Draper dye some spectacular colors! I thought this made a great end-of-summer piece to pull over jean cutoffs when the weather started to cool down a little.
Pattern: High Tide (worsted version)
Needles: US 8s and US 7s
Yarn: Jill Draper’s Hudson – 3 skeins Blue Bell and 2 skeins Bottle
I knit the length to 16″ before splitting for the sleeves and yoke. The sleeves are really big – accentuated by the dolman style – I picked up approximately 90 stitches to start, and then began the decreases halfway through the second color stripe. From that point on, I decreased every 6 rounds until I got to 64 sts.
I’m not sure how I feel about the dolman sleeves, I think they make the sweater look a little too bulky – and the colors are REALLY bright! It’s funny how sometimes I can’t decide whether I like something or not . . . I think this one looks best worn with jean shorts and flip flops, a brightly colored accept to a day at the beach 🙂
I’ve still got two skeins of Blue Bell, three skeins of Bottle (one caked), and one skein of Celadon left, if anyone’s interested – they’re posted for sale on my Raillery stash here.Pin It
I picked up these skeins of Swans Island Worsted this summer, when I was lucky enough to get to visit the Swans Island home office during our trip to the coast of Maine. I had absolutely no idea what to knit with them at the time, but they looked so beautiful together, I couldn’t resist.
I thought that cabinfour’s simple but lovely Nordic Wind pattern showed off both the individual colors, and how lovely they look together. I added the stripes at the color transitions, per the idea of one fellow Raveler. I knit up the shawl on US 9s, which gives it the perfect drape. This would be the ideal shawl to throw over my shoulders at home on a chilly evening, it’s like wrapping up in a blanket!
Even though the shawl is good-sized, I still have plenty of each skein left over. The skeins are 250 yds/ea, and the colors are (from the shawl’s top): Teal, Oatmeal, Sky Blue, and Natural. I hate for good yarn to go unused, so if anyone would like the leftovers for a project – definitely enough to make a colorwork hat or mitts! – just drop me a line and I’d be happy to send it your way for free 🙂
ETA: Yarn has been claimed!Pin It
The Kuni Shawl by This.Bird.Knits is the perfect pattern for mini-skeins of gradient colors – I used Julie Asselin’s Leizu Fingering gradient set (5 skeins, totaling 525 yds) in colorway Vendanges, knit on US 7s.
My original idea was to change colors for each segment (the shawl alternates between garter stitch and lace stitch segments) and I was able to do that for the first section – in fact, I had quite a bit of the lightest color left over – and just made it through the second segment with the next skein. However, by the third segment, I ran out of yarn with three rows to go, and eight rows to go in the fourth segment. After that, I just need the segment pattern until I ran out of the color, and then moved onto the next segment with the next color, regardless of where I was in the pattern.
As a result, the finished shawl is more of a shawlette, but once I blocked it and the lace opened up, it’s a perfect sit-on-your-shoulders size, and it shows off the color gradient beautifully.Pin It
Yarn: O-Wool’s O-Wash Sport – 2 skeins (306 yds/ea) of Boreal Bluet, Cattail, and Cuckoo Flower
Needles: Knit double-stranded on US 9s
Pattern: Very Shannon’s Bradway Shawl
Because the pattern is written for a worsted-weight yarn, I knit the sport weight doubled – I came up with almost the same gauge as the pattern, but because I went up a needle size (to get a fabric that draped nicely and wasn’t too dense), it may be that my FO is even a little bigger than the pattern. It’s certainly a big FO – more of a wrap than a scarf or shawl. It’s wonderful to throw over your shoulders and wrap around you, but I’m not sure if I’ll get as much use out of it as a smaller shawl, given that there just aren’t that many occasions here in Oregon where I need to wrap up 🙂 Regardless, I think it’s beautiful – I love O-Wool’s colors, and the variety of textures is really visually pleasing and keeps it from being just another striped shawl.
Wow, this is gorgeous – and huge! I finally found the perfect use for my Plucky pinks gradient 🙂
Pattern: Summer Moon
Yarn: Plucky Bello (55% merino, 45% cashmere) (380 yds per skein)
CC1 – Wintery Mix (1 1/2 skeins)
CC2 – Bashful (36g)
CC3 – Rouge (32g)
CC4 – Blush (43g)
CC5 – Power Ballad (27g)
CC6 – Rose (36g)
Needles: US 6s
I knit this in just a little over a week, really cranking on it – the first rows seem to take forever, since there’s initially over 500 stitches per row! But, the changing colors keeps it interesting and it moves faster as you decrease stitches and your rows get shorter. It’s huge – over 80″ long – but very lightweight. I’m not sure that I could actually wrap it up enough to wear it just around my neck, but it’s lovely wrapped around my shoulders and then crossed over in the front.Pin It
This pattern is Linook, knit in YOTH Little Brother in colors Hazelnut, Shitake, and Portabella. Since the pattern actually calls for four different colors, I used Hazelnut as both the first color (Color A) and the last color (Color D).
The pattern is designed for a DK-weight or worsted-weight yarn, and Little Brother is more like fingering weight, so I switched to US 6s. The FO turned out much smaller than the model in the pattern – not surprisingly, given the difference in yarn weight, and I was aiming for a smaller shawl that I could wrap around my neck on cool spring and summer days, instead of a shawl that draped all the way down my back and would only work for wrapping up in on the coldest of days.
I continue to adore YOTH yarn – I love the beautiful palette of natural colors, and the yarn has so much softness and drape, it’s a pleasure to have it around my neck.Pin It
Another beautiful test knit for the incomparable Thea Coleman 🙂 The lace pattern on this one is beautiful, and I love the shape – it fits perfectly across my shoulders and around my neck. Thea’s use of short rows to give it shape and structure is really clever. I felt like I started slowly, because unlike most shawls (where you start with just a few stitches and it builds from there), this pattern starts with the full length across the bottom, so it’s a lot of stitches per row! However, the lace pattern kept it interesting, and I found that if I paced myself by setting a goal for a certain number of rows every day, it felt doable. In fact, I finished in less than two weeks – it really speeds up once you get to the stockinette section.
Yarn: Lakes Yarn & Fiber silk single fingering (70% superwash merino, 30% silk) – one skein of Prehnite (used for lace portion of the pattern) and one skein of Ridgeline (used for stockinette portion) (435 yds/ea)
Needles: US 6s
Mods: I skipped the last four rows of the last repeat in the big lace section – as it turned out, I would have had more than enough Prehnite yarn, but I had already reached the target length of 5-5 1/2″ and I was ready to move on to stockinette!
Also, I didn’t knit the last lace section – the smallest, near the neck – in Prehnite, but instead stayed with Ridgeline – I thought it would end up looking too “stripey” to have another section of the contrast color.Pin It
This blanket is the result of my attempt to use up all of the leftovers from the Indigo, Grapevine, and Orangina shawls. The yarn – Local Color Fiber Studio’s three-ply Columbia worsted – is dyed with natural ingredients, and they show off so beautifully here!
I cast on 125 sts on US 9s and knit each row until the yarn ran out, taking care to always change yarns on the same side of the blanket. Blocking it opened up the garter stitch and made it squishy soft and warm!Pin It
The third and final shawl in this series – see this posting for yarn and pattern info.
I’ve really enjoyed using this pattern to play with color, and Local Color Fiber Studio’s natural dye colors are so vibrant and gorgeous! I’m surprised how much I like this wooly yarn as a shawl – I would have thought it would be a little itchy wrapped around my neck, but after a good soaking and wet blocking, it feels great – kind of squishy, kind of crunchy, very warm 🙂Pin It
I discovered Local Color Fiber Studio on a recent Woolful podcast, and was thrilled to be able to order a wide variety of their yarn colors. LCFS is a small, indie dyer on beautiful Bainbridge Island, and they use only natural products to dye their yarns. The resulting colors are soft and peaceful, yet still vibrant and colorful (if that isn’t too much of a contradiction 🙂 And, they source their yarns from Oregon-based Imperial Yarn – another company known for its sustainable practices.
I purchased LCFS’s worsted wool yarn in just about every color option available (give or take a few), and then used the new Talamu pattern from Quince & Co to create three color-family shawls, with a skein of undyed yarn from LCFS for the eyelet rows in between. I knit on US 7s, which produced a dense but not unduly stiff finished texture and feel. In order to get a little more even distribution of color, I knit a few more rows for the first color block, and a few less for the last, but other than those minor modifications, I stuck with the pattern.
After completion, I soaked the shawl in cool water with some Eucalan – I did get some color bleed, but it didn’t have any lasting negative effects – and then blocked the shawl. I love how it feels – very springy and wooly, but still snug around my neck. Lately, I’ve been moving away from yarn with a really soft hand – it feels wonderful, but it doesn’t last very long before it pills, or dulls, or gets a little matted. The more “authentic” wool yarns might not feel as soft, but they are durable and long-lasting, and I love how they show stitch definition and how warm and substantial they feel.
Here’s the first completed shawl, in four shades of indigo blue:
I think that Plucky Snug is the world’s most perfect yarn to have snuggled around your neck! This pattern (Vouvray) is written for worsted yarn, and Snug is bulky gauge, so I increased my needle size to US 11s on a 32″ circular.
I used 3 skeins of Green Goddess and 2 skeins of Make A Grown Man Cry – I had almost an entire skein of the first left over, and half a skein of the second, even though each skein is only 110 yards. A little bulky gauge yarn goes a long way! I shortened the number of repeats, so that it didn’t become too large or bulky to wrap around my neck like a cowl.
This is a really fun pattern, and the slip stitch would be a great way to show off any number of color combinations.Pin It
This is a beautiful way to use Plucky yarn colors, a quick knit, and it feels so soft and cozy around my neck!
Pattern: Sugarloaf Plucky Cowl
Yarn: Plucky Snug (70% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% royal alpaca – 110 yds/ea) – Thank You Note (2 1/2 skeins), Magnet & Steel (1 skein), High Cotton (several yards from stash)
Needles: US 10 1/2sPin It
Done at last! All 36 squares – in blues, blue-greens, and greens – knitted and assembled. I elected to make it longer and narrower, because I liked how this layout showed off the gradient colors, and because it makes it easy to wrap around my legs or shoulders when I’m curled up in a chair.
As a recap, here are the specs:
Pattern: Vivid blanket by Tin Can Knits
Yarn: YOTH Big Sister in all 12 fresh palette colors
Needles: US 7s
I had to be careful blocking, because the weight of such a big project – combined with the very soft hand of this yarn – made it extremely susceptible to overstreching or misshaping. However, it dried quickly, and is so soft and it drapes beautifully!Pin It