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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Cozy Throw

Churchmouse Yarns took their Picot Edge Mohair Throw and Afghan pattern (available in the store and on Ravelry) and re knit it in Rowan's Brushed Fleece.
This is the kind of luxurious throw that beckons you to the sofa. The Churchmouse pattern calls for lots of garter stitch so it's a fine choice for beginners and a soothing activity for seasoned knitters.

We chose to knit this with a plain edge to showcase the warmth and lightness of Rowan’s Brushed Fleece but you can always add the bobbly picot edge shown on the pattern. Quick to knit, this throw is fluffy and insulating, but not overly warm or heavy. The lightly marled colors remind us of English moors and woodlands.
You'll need 8 skeins of Brushed Fleece to make the smaller throw size, or 10 skeins to make the afghan size shown.
This looks like something that would be great to curl up in while watching TV.

I'm not sure if I have introduced you to Huck. When we got home from dinner the fridge was open and a drink was on the counter. This is how I found Huck. Not the best day for introductions.

Ravelry did a spotlight on monkey patterns - Chinese New Year was recently celebrated and it is the Year of the Monkey. I asked Beth to bring Huck home so that I could get pictures.

Pattern: Monkey Jacobus (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Classic Elite Liberty Wool
Jacobus is the cutest monkey on Ravelry. Jacobus is knit round in one piece, without any seams. The pattern is very extensive, featuring 40 pictures of the various stages in knitting and row by row instructions.

The pattern is available both in english and in dutch, when you buy the pattern you have access to both the file in dutch and in english.

You can knit Jacobus in whatever yarn you want, both monkeys on the second picture are from the same pattern.

For the smallest one I used 30 grams of fingering weight sock yarn for the main color and 10 grams for the face, hands and feet, knit with needles 1,5mm (000). It measures 20cm (8 “).

Using DK/worsted yarn, you need 50 grams MC and about 20 grams CC, use needles 3 or 4 (3mm or 3,5mm). Your Jacobus will measure 35cm/14”.

For a large monkey, use aran or bulky, about 75 grams MC and 25 grams CC, needles 4mm-5mm, 6-8, and Jacobus measures 50 cm, 20”.
Take a look at your stash - I'm sure you have something that would make a great Monkey Jacobus.

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