I loved using Hedgehog Fibres merino wool/cashmere for this (but love using any of Beata’s hand dyed yarns – so beautiful!). The 20% cashmere creates a soft halo for a soft matte (versus shiny) fabric that looks and feels very sumptuous.
I wanted to design a piece that male knitters could also enjoy (and possibly wear!), hence the kerchief rather than a super lacy shawl. I also wanted a fabric that showcased subtle and random shifts in color, rather than distracting from the color.
And I wanted a piece for any level of knitter. I think the trickiest part is the garter stitch cast on, which is so easy once you master it. (p.s., I’m not finding a video or tutorial to link to for this – I will find one and link to it, though!)
Finally, I wanted a one skein project. The above, on size 3 needles, took about 380 yards.
I’m working on the pattern now, this time using size 4 needles (maybe it will go a little more quickly?) and using Malabrigo sock yarn (SO soft and buttery – and shiny). Although I love the texture and colors, I keep thinking I should use size 3’s (oy). I’m using the Indiecita colorway, which I absolutely love. With 440 yards, this should end up considerably larger.
I’ll be sharing a first draft or “early release” of the pattern for Cheques, as soon as it’s complete, this week … at a ridiculously low price! The first draft will be the smaller size, but those who purchase the early release will receive the later release with full instructions for both sizes.
Why am I doing this, you ask? Well, I could (and would) spend the next month or two working on the full pattern. But I have a LOT of patterns I’m writing up in time for the Renegade Craft Fair. I want this to be ready for Renegade too, and I can do that with an early release.
Also, it gives my customers a chance to try a new pattern at half the usual price! I may be doing this more often!
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