Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Mohair Bias Loop meets Silkystones

Shawls, scarves and cowls are still going to be popular through the summer. You can put them on to dress up an outfit. And even if it's hot during the day it can get cool in the evening sitting on a patio or in a restaurant with the air conditioning on full blast.

Churchmouse Yarns took the pattern for their Mohair Bias Loop Scarf and reknit it in Rowan Silkystones.
We always love the cozy feeling of scarves and cowls. For spring, we wanted an accessory piece that was lighter weight and supple, sort of like a favorite silk scarf. We also wanted a wee bit of heft in the yarn for warmth and comfort that accommodates spring’s unpredictable temperatures. 

The linen and textured silk of Rowan Silkystones create a fabric that feels comfortable on the neck and is a cooler weight for spring. The natural, glistening palette of colors, reminiscent of wet stones, is flattering against the skin. You can wear this versatile loop long as a spring scarf or doubled as a cowl when there’s a nip in the air. Use 2 skeins of Silkystones and our addendum to adapt the pattern to make this delightful spring version.
Approx 9½ x 42" around, before blocking. 
Approx. 8 x 50" around, after blocking. 

2 skeins Rowan Silkystones (109 yds/100m each). Sample shown in color 83 Grasslands. 

US 10 (6mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge.

Mr. Canada Post just brought in a box from Blue Sky Alpacas. All colours of Metalico are back in stock. Here are a few pattern suggestions. 
50% baby alpaca/50% mulberry silk
Luxury as nature intended! Naturally occurring shades of baby alpaca blended with mulberry silk create an undyed shimmering palette of gleaming whites to silvery grays and flecked golds. Colorways provided by nature, shiny braids provided by Blue Sky Alpacas!
  • Weight: 50 grams
  • Approx: 147 yards/134 meters
  • Needle Size: Size 3-5/3.25-3.75 mm
  • Gauge: 5-6 sts per inch
Etched Rio Wrap
With a swing and fluidity reminiscent of woven fabric, this breathtaking wrap will easily become your favorite accessory. Effortless to wear, a simple lace panel is all this piece requires to be a soothing, intriguing knit.
Leslie Wrap
Knit in a straightforward rib pattern, with a twist. This wrap is memorable worked in Metalico, with tassels of fluctuating sizes and experimental, inconsistent whipped edge treatment.
 Kaw Valley Wrap
This light and airy wrap features an engaging charted lace pattern with knitted-on edging.
And don't forget about Song of the Sea. It is really beautiful.

You can read more about the Metalico version of Song of the Sea on the designer's blog...

The store version is 304 stitches and used 2 skeins each of Platinum, Silver and Opal.

I'm totally addicted to American Dream Builders. I have it taped from last night (had to watch the basketball) as well as Master Chef Canada. I made it to the armhole shaping on the first sleeve of my CustomFit cardigan. Knitting here I come.

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