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Basalt Bands Mara Merino Light Scarf Shawl Sweater Vintage Winnowing Wren Brioche Scarf

Sorry this one is late, but I’ve been out of town this week. If you happened to catch “The View” on Wednesday, you might have seen me for a quick second in the audience. I was there to support my family business’s product sponsorship with Cat’s Pride cat litter and to promote our partnership with Katherine Heigl and her foundation to help abused animals. It was a fun time and I got a lot of knitting done on the plane.
Here are a couple patterns that went into my queue recently:

Pattern 1:

Basalt Bands Picture“Basalt Bands” by Anna Zilboorg is clearly the best pattern in the newest edition of Knitter’s Magazine.  I love the flouncy peplum and all-over texture.  There’s a thin line of black yarn in between the pleats, which adds a 3-D effect—so clever! I think a Madelinetosh Vintage yarn would work well for this project; this yarn has great stitch definition as well as the subtle mottling of color this sweater pattern demands.









Pattern 2:

Next up is a scarf pattern called the “Wren Brioche Scarf” by Nathan Taylor. I love brioche designs in general, but I especially love ones that are asymmetrical. This one starts out in straight two-color brioche and evolves into cables little by little until there are all-over cables in the middle of the scarf. The cables then gradually devolve until you’re back again to knitting straight brioche.As an added plus, Nathan uses a new technique for working two-color brioche using both hands and both colors at once so that you can work a row with only one pass instead of two.  I’ve read through his directions (with photos) and I think I understand how to do it, but I haven’t actually attempted this technique yet. 

Wren Brioche Pic 1Wren Brioche Pic 2

Several yarns in the shop would be beautiful for this scarf, but I think my first choice would have to be the Embrace Yarn by Reyna Fibers.  This yarn is 100% Tibetan Yak Down —it feels wonderful against skin!

Pattern 3:

My final pattern for this week is “Winnowing” by Bristol Ivy.  This shawl has been out for a while, but it just came to my attention last night at Open Knit Night.  It’s a lovely shawl with beautiful drape that doesn’t seem overly complicated.  It would work up nicely with Madelinetosh Merino Light or, for a more elegant look, you could choose Malabrigo Mara Yarn, which is also a fingering weight, but is 100% silk.  Either fiber choice with this pattern this would make a great summer night cover-up.  

Winnowing 1Winnowing 2

Hope everyone has a good weekend! See you next time.

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