Friday, September 30, 2016

Organic gray wool

Scarf, organic wool, rib stitch variation, size 8 plastic needles, 7 in.

This is a thick and thin wool yarn, so the texture of the finished fabric is pleasantly uneven and has a  rustic attitude. It feels great going through my hands. Since it is knit with one yarn I have taken it every where with me in a bag and pulled it out for working when I have a few minutes to wait, or on a long car or bus ride.

The stitch is a variation of a k2 p2 ribt stitch.  I begin with k2 p2 for 8 rows, then switch to p2 kn2 for 8 rows and repeat for the length of the scarf.  I like the play of the light across the surface and the way it makes the scarf bulky. This stitch pattern is also similar to a basketweave pattern.

The wool is from Sweden and is quite soft and comfortable. The bulky weight will make it quite warm, and it is long enough to be wrapped around the neck twice for extra warmth on really cold days.

Scarf dimensions are 7 inches wide by 72 inches long.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fuzzy and shiny - pastels for autumn

Shawl, 14 yarns, mohair, linen, silk, nylon, rayon, beads, seed stitch, size 9 nickle cable needle, 32 in.

Cast on 3 stitches, add four stitches to each row, change yarns each row.

A chart to help organize use of the colors and yarns in the fabric.

The rayon in the "ladder" yarn has a gorgeously shiny surface that reflects light in beautiful contrast to the mohair yarns, which remain a matte surface.

The long edge is about 72 inches, and at it's deepest point it is about 15 inches long.  The shawl can be worn over the shoulders like a traditional shawl with the point in the back, or it can be turned with the point in front.  It can also be worn as a babushka to keep the head and neck warm.