Friday, September 19, 2014

Neckwear KAL Projects, Part I

Shawls, scarves, and cowls are flying off the needles in the Blue Peninsula Neckwear KAL, and today I thought I'd share a few of them with you. One of the first projects finished was Beth's Peppernut, which she knit in the Topaz colorway of Isager Strik's Highland Yarn.

Beautiful, isn't it? In her project notes, Beth links to this video tutorial for working nupps with a crochet hook. I haven't tried this technique, but now that I've watched the video, I definitely want to give it a try. It looks so easy!

Several knitters are making Shallows for the KAL, some with beads and some without. Hannah knit hers with a natural undyed laceweight yarn called Mimi. I think her substitution of laceweight for the fingering weight specified in the pattern worked out really well. Her elegant Shallows has a beautiful halo and looks incredibly soft and cozy.

When it comes to color, I often gravitate toward neutrals, so it's a revelation to see my designs knit in bright, saturated colors. Like Heather's Stagger Cowl, in a stunning electric blue colorway of Berroco's Vintage DK:

Another example: Amy's lovely Skipperling. She says the hot pink colorway of Malabrigo Sock, chosen by her ten-year-old daughter, will be a welcome pop of color on a cold winter day. I agree!

Another bright FO: Arlene's Warble Cowl. She used a rich red colorway of Quince & Co. Chickadee (Pomegranate):

Judi's elegant Skipperling, just off her needles, shows how the pattern works in a more subdued color. She knit hers with Skacel's HiKoo yarn in a colorway called Hawaiian Volcanoes. 

Bluet is another popular KAL pattern. For her Bluet, Sherri used a deep blue shade of Handwerks Silky DK. What a great choice of yarn—its stitch definition is perfectly suited for this design. (By the way, Sherri's a prolific KAL member—she's also already finished a lovely lavender Shallows.)

My own Bluet, which I'm making in Stitch Sprouts Yellowstone in a burnt orange color called Caldera, is coming along ...

First knitting for today: a few rounds of Bluet in Yellowstone #bluepeninsula #bpnk2014 #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knit #cowl

See more of the KAL FOs here. We're continuing through the end of the month, and quite a few people are making two, even three, projects. It's not too late to join—you can cast on any time. Hope to see you!

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