The strands of yarn look like they have been inked over the top of each other. This makes the designs ideal for gorgeous semi-solid colours. Shall we get ready for Autumn?
Pen & Ink is the perfect cowl for special DK or worsted yarns. With two different shades, you can make a long cowl with a two-tone effect. I’ve been obsessing about these greens in Fyberspates Vivacious DK since the yarn was launched – they’re Deep Forest and Sea Green.
You can wear the long cowl loose, or twist it up double for extra warmth. The reverse side has an interesting texture too. Technically, it’s a one-row stripe, worked in the round. It’s easy intermediate knitting. The stitch pattern is a vintage find, which I’ve been tinkering with for a while.
For a smaller project, just one skein of a special yarn makes the perfect cosy cowl, in just one colour. Choose a beautiful semi-solid, such as Fyberspates Vivacious DK in Spiced Plums, and make the snug size. It’s a quick gift. (I’ve been talking to Purlescence – more about that later – and I hear they have 10% off Fyberspates yarns this week!)
Play with complimentaries or contrasts. Even in the snug size you can still choose to make it in two colours. The bold fuchsia of Coquette stands out against the demure plum of Duchess in Madelinetosh Vintage.
In a more masculine colour, perhaps in a marled yarn, they’d make a great textured cowl for a man (aka a “dude snood”, I’m reliably informed).
The cowl has a matching hat, Inked In. You can make a lovely set, shown in deep Ultraviolet and pale Mist in SweetGeorgia Superwash DK. Now, my sample knitter did get the set out of one skein of each, but I’d recommend you buy two skeins of each colour for sanity – it was a bit too close for comfort! You’d get an extra project out of the extra yarn, so you’d have an extra gift.
I love the hat in just one colour too, and I love this yarn: SweetGeorgia Trinity Worsted. I’m saving the best (read: also most expensive) yarn til last here! It’s a new favourite of mine. I love the softness and rounded bounce. It raises a quick gift into a little luxury. Here, one skein in Cayenne makes a wonderfully cosy hat. It’s gorgeous teamed with a snug cowl in one skein of Phoenix Rising. I sometimes like my sets co-ordinating rather than matching, but you could pick the same colour for both.
Are you coming to Yarndale? I’m officially launching these patterns on Purlescence‘s stand no.148, where you can pet the samples in real life! I’ll be there too on Saturday from 2-3pm. Hope to see some of you there.
AND I’ve a launch offer on Ravelry: the single patterns are 20% off until end of September, so just £2.40. Discount is automatically deducted at checkout. Or for best value, buy the set together in the ebook Inklings
Lastly, back to that point about getting ready for Autumn. Our October Knitalong is for these patterns, so come and join us. We’re ready to chat about yarn and patterns. What will you knit? One project? A set? A spot of gift knitting?