Pattern: Jodi by Joji Locatelli
Yarn: The Farmer’s Daughter Foxy Lady (70% merino superwash / 30% silk) – one skein Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken and one skein Chicago Joe (428 yds/ea)
Needles: US 7s
My first time working with Plucky Groovy, Baby! . . . interesting construction, with a lot of spiral and twist to the yarn. It takes color beautifully, but I think I like Plucky Cashmere better – it’s definitely softer (even though this yarn is also 100% cashmere).
Pattern: Imposter’s Shawl
Yarn: Plucky Groovy, Baby! (100% cashmere) – 1.5 skeins (380 yds/ea) in color Livery
Needles: US 8s
Notes: Since this is a fingering weight yarn, I knit with yarn doubled. I completed the number of repeats as specified by the pattern, but didn’t do the edging as called for the in the pattern; I found the directions confusing, unfortunately. Instead, I just picked up all of the yarn-overs along the edge, then used a K1, KPK repeat, and then bound off. I like the effect just as well, and the difference is hardly noticeable when wearing the shawl. The color IRL is a darker purple in most light – it looks deeper and more interesting than it does in the photos.
This is great size and shape of shawl for wearing here in Oregon, where it doesn’t often get cold enough that you want something really warm – like cashmere – wrapped too many times around your neck. It’s big enough to keep you warm, but not so big as to make you feel like you’re drowning in it.
I’m in my “big shawls” phase now – no more tiny little shawlettes for me! I love how these big oversize shawls wrap around me in such a generous cozy cloud. That’s particularly true with this yarn, a single ply that epitomizes fluffy softness!
Pattern: Lakefront by Alicia Plummer
Yarn: Camellia Fiber Co. Flou (100% merino single ply) – 2 skeins (24 yds/ea) in Rainbow Sprinkles and 2 skeins in Ivory
Needles: US 7s
This shawl has all of the beautiful things: speckled color, ivory lace, and a marshmallow soft hand. It was fun to knit, and only started to feel like a bit of a slog at the very end of all of those long rows of lace
Such a lovely shawl pattern!
Yarn: One skein (approx. 400 yds) Llady Llama Fiber Co. Lleap yarn in color “Sprout” – handprinted gradient sock yarn (80% merino / 20% nylon)
Needles: US 6s (for cast-on) and US 4s
I ran out of yarn right before starting the final section, so I finished with Koivu KPM (color 0000) – virtually indistinguishable from the white end of the Llady Llama yarn
Pattern: Stateline by The Plucky Knitter
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter yarns: Spiffy (60% cashmere / 40%) silk – one skin (340 yds) in color Yodel and one skein in color Grumpy Old Sailor AND Plucky Cashmere – one skein (280 yds) in color Color Tour
Needles: US 7s
Modifications: I knit one less repeat of the Diamond stitch section and the Grid stitch section, so that the shawl wasn’t quite so wide. Also, I changed to US 8s for the final section (Grid stitch) because the Spiffy seemed to create a better drape with a little larger needle.
I picked up this set of “Shooters” at the 2016 Plucky Shindig on Bainbridge Island (“Glamping with Plucky”) last month . . . one of those situations where you buy yarn because you love how the colors look together, and then you try to figure out what to actually knit with it . . . although I just recently finished an On the Spice Market shawl, I chose to use the pattern again because it does such a beautiful job of displaying colors.
Pattern: On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg
Yarn: Plucky Primo Fingering – Small Batch 018 (MC) and contrast colors Livery, Lake Placid, Rapunzel, and Strut Your Stuff. The 200-yard skeins were plenty for the contrast colors, but I had to purchase a second, full-size skein of the MC.
Needles: US 4s
Modifications: Since I had only four contrast colors instead of six, I increased the number of repeats for each color, so that the shawl would come out approximately the same size as provided for in the pattern.
I love how this one turned out!
Pattern: On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter yarns: One full skein of Plucky Primo Sport in Wintery Mix (MC), and partial skeins of Plucky Traveler DK in Blueberry Sour, Remember When, Grimace, and Miniature Lilacs (CCs)
Needles: Because I altered the pattern from fingering weight to sport/DK weight, I went up to US 7s
Mods: I used four contrast colors instead of six, but because I was using heavier weight yarn, I just omitted the parts of the pattern related to CC5 and CC6, and it still turned out generously sized.
I don’t knit a lot of lace – and this project reminded me why! I like the overall effect, but I find it really tedious, and frankly, I think that you get a lot of the same effect with a much simpler pattern. This was a very complicated lace pattern, particularly at the end, and when the final rows are over 400 stitches, you get a little worn out! However, the yarn is beautiful – the photos don’t do it justice, it really does glow.
Pattern: Nadeshiko by Leila Raabe
Yarn: Knit Purl Glow Lace (60% extra fine merino / 40% mulberry silk) – 2 skeins (400 yds/ea) – color Satin
Needles: US 4
The other cool thing about this yarn is it’s a limited edition run made by my LYS, Knit Purl. The colors are beautiful, and the combination of merino and mulberry silk gives it both strength, soft-to-the-touch, and that silky glow. I plan on knitting a different color in a simpler lace pattern – maybe something double-stranded.
Pattern: Mitali Shawl
Yarn: Camellia Fiber Company – one skein (215 yds) CFC Merino Worsted in color Seaspray, and 1 1/4 skeins CFC Merino Worsted in color Cenote
Needles: US 7s
I love the feel and colors of the yarn, but I’m not sure about the pattern – I thought it would come out deeper (it seems a little small), although the length is good. In the pattern photos, it looks like it would come halfway down my back – I’m not sure why mine came out so much shorter width-wise, since I followed the instructions with mods and this yarn is definitely worsted weight.
I’m also not as crazy about how the accent yarn looks as a wide ribbed border as I thought I would be. I was looking for the perfect way to combine these two beautiful corresponding yarns, and somehow this looked different in my mind
Pattern: Sophisticated Traveler
Needles: US 5s and US 7s
Yarn: Plucky Knitter Cashmere (2 skeins, 280 yds/ea, with about 1/3 of the second skein left over) and Plucky Knitter Sophisticate (merino/mohair/silk) (1 skein, 510 yds, with about 1/4 of the skein left over) – both in color Dreamy
It was fun to get to use two different Plucky Knitter bases for this project, and I like how the result is just subtle, tonal differences, instead of the more “stripy” appearance that using two difference colors would have given.
The combination of cashmere and a merino/silk/mohair blend makes this shawl incredibly soft, and also remarkably light – warm, but still light enough for summer evenings. I wish it wasn’t a triangular shape, though – this is my least favorite shape of shawl, I always feel like a granny with it hanging down my back, and it doesn’t wrap well around my neck. I much prefer crescent shawls, or even elongated rectangles.
Here’s Maizy, my Great Pyrenees, photobombing one of my shots :
Beautiful yarn, and a fun pattern to knit – if felt a little slow in the middle, but overall, I thought it went quickly and kept me interested.
Pattern: Storm Door by The Plucky Knitter
Yarn: Mandarine’s Alpaca Merino DK (naturally dyed with madder) – 2 1/2 skeins (290 yds/ea)
Needles: US 6s
I found this yarn via Instagram, following a wonderful hand dyer who lives in Latvia, of all places. I love how Instagram makes the world seem so much smaller – that is, it puts makers and hand crafters in close contact with each other, so that I can appreciate, enjoy and support the work of someone halfway around the world! As different as we are, there are so many similarities in what we love and what we find meaningful that connect us.
I knit this shawl as a wedding gift for my soon-to-be sister-in-law, who requested it in navy (her wedding color). I finished it in six days – just in time for the bridal shower – although by the end, each row was almost 400 stitches and the picot bind-off took over two hours! I love how it came out, although the depth dimensions seem smaller than the sample in the pattern. Next time, I would choose a “heavy fingering” yarn (even a sport weight), as the pattern recommends.
Pattern: Hill Top Shawl by Curious Handmade
Yarn: Alpha B Yarn, Single Silk B (70% merino / 30% silk) – 1 skein (437 yds) plus a little bit from a second skein
Color: Hey, Sailor
Needles: US 6s
I chose these patterns to show off the beautiful new Clara Yarn, Cormo 3.0 – Sheep (bulky weight). I used most of 3 skeins (120 yds/ea) on the shawl, and the fourth skein on the hat.
Shawl pattern: Maya’s shawl, knit on US 10s
Hat pattern: Fidra hat, knit on US 9s and US 10 1/2s
The shawl lace knit in this bulky weight yarn blocked out beautifully – it opened up but didn’t seem to grow much. But warning: the hat grew HUGE! I mean, it must have doubled in size! I had to throw it in the dryer for over half an hour, just to get it somewhere in the vicinity of the right size. I was really bummed because it fit perfectly before blocking. Had I to do it over again, I would not have blocked the hat – it looked just as beautiful pre-blocking.Pin It
Pattern: Field Wrap, by Veronika Jobe – published in Tolt Yarn & Wool’s Farm to Needle: Stories of Wool
Yarn: YOTH Father (100% domestic Rambouillet wool, worsted weight) – 5 skeins (220 yds/ea) in color Sea Salt
Needles: US 9s
As you might imagine, this project took a little while, given the sheer volume of knitting to be accomplished – this is a huge wrap! However, I liked the stitch pattern, it was easy to memorize and almost meditative to knit. And the yarn is wonderful – although it’s worsted weight, it’s incredibly light and airy. I think knitting this wrap in another yarn might make it overwhelming heavy or bulky, but in YOTH Father, it’s so light when wrapped around me, but very warm – the perfect wrap!
As you can tell by the full-length photo, I didn’t alternate skeins – it was a complete surprise to see the color difference (must have been caused by just one of the skeins), because I didn’t notice it at all when winding the skeins. Luckily, I don’t mind – you never notice when wearing the wrap, and in any case, I like the effect of tonal yarns.
The fringe was the most challenging part – the directions are pretty brief, so I had to figure it out somewhat through trial and error. I did end up deciding that my yarn lengths needed to be 24″, not 18″, and I spaced them just shy of every 3″ apart. I really like the fact that the fringe doesn’t just hang there, but that it’s tied together in a stair step pattern (I wonder what you call this kind of fringe design?) To me, it keeps this wrap from looking too much like a recycle from the 70s’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
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