The last batch of 2018’s customer FOs and shop projects are ready to share. Be ready to get some ideas for 2019!
We begin on a high note: Jill’s fantastic Mountain High* from Heidi Kirrmaier. Her yarn is Berroco’s new Ultra Alpaca Natural. I hope you’ll be seeing Jill wearing this perfectly-fitting pullover in the shop soon.
Don’t you love the way the increase and decrease stitches create detailing on the front, and the garter stitch band runs alongside the raglan shoulder shaping and down the sides to create faux seams?
While Ultra Alpaca has been a much-loved staple yarn for years and years in dyed shades, Natural is – you guessed it – a blend of the natural colors of alpaca with undyed wool fibers.
I used it for a pair of Rathtrevor fingerless gloves from designer Jane Richmond. OK, I went a little off-pattern, adding rib to the thumb and hand and using the tubular cast on and bind off. But isn’t that the fun of making our own?
Below is a shot I took right before Christmas of several of our not-quite-white yarns. Ultra Alpaca Natural is in the front row, alongside Trendsetter Icon, with its glittering micro sequins. (Topas, Llamor, Woolstok, Ultra Wool, Drizzle, Classic Alpaca, and Maxima round out the group.)
I realized after taking this photo that I’d never posted pictures here of our Icon shop sample, the Hasukai Cowl* by Hiroko Fukatsu.
For this version of Hasukai, I again went off-pattern: I used 3 skeins, approximately 475 yards, of chunky weight Icon on US 10.75/7mm needles for a pattern that calls for 900 yards of lace weight yarn on US 7/4.50mm needles. Making the switch was easy: a quick, small swatch gave me my stitches per inch, then I only had to change the number of stitches to be cast on. It was a quick knit, finished in about four days.
Hasukai is knit in the round. It’s just a big tube; imagine the same shape as penne pasta, but with a ruffle at each edge. I can highly recommend the pattern, whether you go chunky as I did or stick with the original lace weight. Notes on my adaptation to the original directions are available when you purchase either your yarn or pattern at the shop.
Its unique shape allows it to be worn as an oversize cowl when folded in half, above, or as a ruffly scarf, below.
It can even be pinned as a shawl.
From the designer’s Ravelry project page, here is Hasukai done in Malabrigo Lace…
Here’s one more FO from Jill, a sporty Twisted Trails* from Lisa K. Ross, made for a lucky grandson. Machine washable, 100% wool Berroco Ultra Wool gave her great stitch definition in these intricate cables.
And, finally, Barbara’s pièce de résistance: a drop dead gorgeous cardigan in, once again, Ultra Wool. The pattern comes from the French yarn company Bergère de France. Like many European knitting designs, it has plenty of what we Americans would call “couture construction techniques.” (That’s code for many hours spent puzzling over vague directions and ambiguous schematics.) Nevertheless, Barbara persisted. She knit, un-knit, and re-knit until she was 100% satisfied. After finding some buttons at GYI that she adored, she even re-designed the button band so they would be front and center, rather than hidden behind a covered placket, as in the original. Her investment of industry and ingenuity paid off with this beautiful masterwork.
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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!