Magnolia Handspun has come alive! Right before Thanksgiving, I got some thick-and-thin handspun yarn in my mailbox.
Camilla had asked me to create an exclusive pattern for this wonderful new yarn, which I was delighted to do.
During my trip to Aspen for the holiday, I experimented with yarn, and have come up with a simple lace pattern that shows off its texture and color palette to perfection.
I wanted to do lace, because I thought that the large holes created by faggoting stitch (the repetition of yarnovers and knit-2-togethers) would spread out and emphasize the stitches.
I was pleased to see that it also displayed the color-changes of the yarn really well. I came up with exactly what I wanted: a one-skein project for intermediate knitters that would show off the texture, color, and fiber mixture of the yarn to the best advantage. I hope you love it!
How Camilla Creates Magnolia Handspun
Camilla created this yarn (the colorway is called Pomegranate) using Merino wool, Angelina (sparkle) angora locks, and mohair.
Camilla says that angora locks are her favorite type of fiber to use.
The creation of this unique yarn is a three-day process where she works in batches.
She dyes the fibers one day; on the next morning she turns them into roving and in the afternoon spins them into yarn.
On the third day, she washes and hangs the skeins to dry on a clothesline in the sun – she tells me that fresh air is part of the recipe!
Aspen Ice Cowl Pattern by Liat Gat
- One skein Magnolia Handspun, or 50-60 yards of super-bulky thick-and-thin yarn
- US Size 15 Needles
- A crochet hook (size J or larger) and scrap yarn for the provisional cast-on
- Scissors, tapestry needle, tape measure
Finished Measurements: Approximately 8 inches tall and 16 inches around.
Notes: The cowl is worked as a flat rectangle and then the cast-on end bind-off ends are seamed up, creating a tube.
Aspen Ice Cowl Pattern Instructions:
Using crochet hook and scrap yarn, use a provisional cast-on to CO 18 sts.
If you don’t feel comfortable doing a provisional cast-on, you can do a regular long-tail cast-on and seam up the edges using mattress stitch.
With Magnolia Handspun, start lace pattern:
Row 1: Sl 1, k2tog, (YO, k2tog) to last st, YO, k1.
Row 2: Purl across.
Row 3: K2tog, (YO, k2tog) to last 2 sts, YO, k2.
Row 4: Purl across.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until work measures 16 inches, ending after finishing Row 3. Leave these sts on the needle for now, and remove provisional cast-on and first purled row (remove all the scrap yarn). Place live sts on the other needle, making sure both needle-tips point in the same direction.
Break yarn, leaving a 4-foot-long tail.
Using tail and a tapestry needle, weave live sts together using Kitchener stitch. This should create an invisible seam and make the pattern continuous throughout the cowl.
Wear and be fabulous!
Remember to link your project to the Aspen Ice Cowl on Ravelry.
Related Pattern: Aspen Ice Hat