Laramie Cowl – Finally Finished!

In a previous post, I showed you all a small swatch of a project I was working on.  Just like this:

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Well, I’m finally done with the project!  It was almost two years in the making, because that’s how I roll.  I knew from the beginning what yarn I wanted to use, how I wanted to incorporate two colorways, and the stitch pattern I wanted to feature.  I just couldn’t figure out how I wanted to finish the piece.

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Then it hit me: buttons and buttonholes could turn an easy-to-knit piece into a much more interesting-to-wear accessory!  And there you have it, the Laramie Cowl.  It can be worn close to the neck, looped twice around, with a necklace of buttons to frame the face.

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It can also be worn long, as just a single loop.  Using the buttonholes, you can keep it closed, warm and snuggly.  Leaving the buttons undone allows the loop to open up and move with you.  Either way, it’s great with a jacket or over a nice shirt.

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And finally, it can be worn as a shrug!  Obviously, it looks better on a model with arms than without, but it’s super hard to take a photo of yourself from any distance 😉  To adjust for size, you simply cast on more or less stitches at the beginning.

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I used two colorways of Hand Maiden’s Silk Maiden, one highly variegated with a lot of contrast and the other only mildly variegated, with subtle contrast in colors.  I used Bronze and Walnut (shown above); the Bronze is no longer a current colorway, but could easily be substituted with Cinnamon (shown below) for a super close match.

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I alternated the colorways every other row so that I could get a more subdued overall effect while still including quite a bit of color variation.  I’m pleased as punch at how the whole thing turned out!  What do you think?

Atlas Shrugged

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I received some sample skeins of Fleece Artist’s new put up of Kid Silk 2-ply in two of their 2015 colorways, Atlas (used in this project) and Tiger Lily.  I wanted a super fast, super easy project that took up a single skein (100g).  And since I’ve been on a garter stitch kick lately…

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I came up with this long, shallow scarf knit on the bias.  The stair-stepped edge is created using bound-off stitches, and the other edge uses increases to create the gentle slope.

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I really love how the garter stitch rendered the highly variegated colorway.  I’m also very pleased with the size and shape of the scarf!  It’s approximately 66″ x 10″ at the deepest point, and it can be wrapped around the neck once or twice.  Now, to write the pattern down!

Easy Peasy Headband

walnut_headband_medium2Hot on the heels of my Silk and Pearls Lace Shawl pattern, I present my Easy Peasy Headband pattern!  As you might guess, the theme of my knitting lately has been mindless, as easy as possible, get it done projects.  And this is no different.

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Not only is it a quick and easy knit, it’s also completely adaptable to any yarn and needle combination you like, and can be knit to any width or length you need.  I love patterns that have the flexibility to change as easily as my whims!

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All it takes is a small amount of yarn, a small amount of time, and a small button 🙂

 

Testing – Silk and Pearls

I wanted something simple to knit, with absolutely no purl stitches, easily memorized, customizable for whatever yarn you want, and with a touch of class.  This is the final result!

It uses just a single skein of Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Mulberry Tussah, which gives a high fancy factor to the ultra simple design.  This is a great first lace project for a newer knitter, with results that will wow just about anyone.

I’ve had some wonderful knitters test the pattern, and I’m finishing up my final sample before publishing the pattern.  It should be available soon through my Ravelry store!

Double Down

I’m an ‘extra’ kind of person.  I like extra flavor.  Bonus material.  Double strength.  So when I was thinking about my next hat, it needed to be double awesome.  I wanted double luxury, double thickness, and double warmth.  And it all came together!

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I had three colorways of Cashmere 4 Ply, by Handmaiden – Black, Silver, and Topaz.  Seriously, if you haven’t touched this yarn, please put it on your wish list!  It’s 100% cashmere, and it’s simply divine.  I wanted to use all three colorways, so I devised a color pattern that satisfied my need for symmetry, and wasn’t just stark stripes.

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I started at one end by casting on eight stitches, and increasing until it was the right diameter. Then I knit straight for about twice the normal length of a hat.  Finally, I decreased to mirror the increases at the other end, pulling the yarn tail through the final eight stitches.

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I tucked one end into the other and voila!  It’s essentially two hats – one knit from the top down, the other knit from the bottom up – both as soft and warm as can be.  It’s everything I wanted in a hat, and I don’t plan to take it off until Oregon starts warming up next Spring!