06 January 2014

monday's musing and a new pattern!

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." - Lou Holtz


This over-sized scarf/stole is a mashup of my Pins & Lace Club 2013 patterns. It's knit in Wagtail yarns 100% mohair fingering weight yarn (2 ply), and uses size 6/0 seed beads on the bind off edges.

It's big enough for a stole, but I love wearing it as an over-sized scarf.

Mohair is light, fluffy and warm, and it squeezes down perfectly into a bag for those chilly moments of the day or evening.

It can be dressed down with jeans and a corduroy shirt,

or up as a shoulder wrap.

Like all of my patterns, Copperwood includes both full written and charted instructions. A diagram shows the construction from the provisional cast-on through the first end, and then from the cast-on point to the second end.

The sample shown is worked in Wagtail's 2 ply yarn, and uses approximately 750 yards of a skein. The mohair is grown in Australia by the producers and features a very long staple length with more strength than is usually seen in mohair yarns. Because of the nature of the yarn (no bounce-back/memory), the pattern uses a smaller sized needle (US 5) than might normally be used to achieve gauge; the yarn behaves similarly to a baby alpaca or a silk. If a different yarn with more memory were to be substituted, a larger needle would almost certainly be needed to achieve the gauge given. It is particularly important to swatch with the Wagtail yarn before beginning your project, and wash and block the swatch. It will serve as a reminder of how beautiful the finished product will be, as the project will look particularly rough and uneven in this yarn before blocking. When knitting this project, I found it helpful to weight the provisional cast-on edge so that the yarn would not bunch up at the beginning, and I could easily avoid knitting into the row below.

Copperwood uses motifs from Winter's MoonSong of SpringFuchsia Nouveauand StarDanceall of which are now available as single patterns as well as in the eBook collection!

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Blogger JenSmall said...

Ah, that's gorgeous! Is there lace patterning on right and wrong side rows, or just right side?

5:27 PM  
Blogger Romi said...

There's lace patterning on only the right side. You get those nice restful purl back rows in between on the wrong side rows! :)

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Madeline said...

Copperwood is gorgeous! I like the idea of combining 4 shawls into one. With my enormous wish list of shawls/stoles I'd like to knit, putting 4 of your beautiful shawls into 1 makes gives me the best of all worlds. Thank you, dear Romi!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Kim Veach said...

How do you weight the provisional edge?

10:44 PM  
Blogger Romi said...

Kim - I used safety pins to attach beaded stitch markers to my waste yarn provisional cast on. Worked great!

And thank you everyone! So happy you like it!

6:52 AM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

It, and you are gorgeous! Beautiful job.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

Very very pretty!

2:13 PM  

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