Thursday, April 28, 2016

Easy Chevron Lace Cowl Kit

This cowl is worked in the round in a simple, attractive Chevron Lace pattern using my popular Merino DK base.  Merino DK is an incredibly soft, squishy 100% Superwash Merino wool.
Size: Appx. 42" circumference x 13" tall after blocking
Skill Level: Easy/Advanced Beginner
You should feel comfortable with the following techniques/stitches:
Working in the round, knit stitch, knit 2 together, yarn over, slip-slip-knit, purl stitch
You will receive:
  • Digital pattern and 2 skeins of Merino DK
You will need:
  • US Size 8 circular needle, 24"
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle/crochet hook for weaving in ends.
  • Blocking mat, wires/pins, wool wash or gentle soap - you can pin your project out onto the floor or a bed, or anywhere it won't be disturbed while drying if you don't have mats.
The pattern is completely written out, and a chart is included for the Chevron Lace.
Once your order has been processed, you will receive an email with a link to download the pattern.  If you do not get a download link, or it doesn't work, email and the pattern will be sent to you.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hank, Skein, Cake, Ball

I know some people use hank and skein interchangeably, but the above is what I learned the different terms to mean.

If you buy yarn in a hank, you'll want to wind it up before working with it, otherwise you may end up with a huge tangled mess that will take hours and hours and hours to untangle - ask me how I know!

A swift and ball winder are useful, although not necessary.  If you wind the yarn with a winder, you get a cake; if you use your hands, you'll get a ball.

In place of a swift, you can drape the hank over the back of a chair, your knees, your feet, or talk someone into holding it for you on their hands.

You can wind a center pull ball with a toilet paper tube or paper towel tube cut in half, here is a video.