Sunday, October 05, 2014

Neckwear KALProjects, Part II and Giveaway Winner

September flew by—and so did the Blue Peninsula Neckwear KAL. More than 30 projects were cast on—and most were finished by the end of the month. Today I thought I'd share with you a few more of the finished cowls and scarves. 

Shallows was a popular pattern in the KAL, which didn't surprise me as it's one of my most popular patterns. I think one reason is that it lends itself to a wide variety of yarns—and, you can make it as either a cowl or a scarf.

Two knitters' Shallows demonstrated how very different yarns can result in quite different but equally beautiful projects. Sylvia used Dream in Color Smooshy, a fingering weight merino, and beads that closely matched her lovely plum-colored yarn:

Natalia, on the other hand, used a pink laceweight 100% silk yarn (Dye for Yarn's PaperSilk) with large mint green beads:

Although I designed the original with wool, Natalie's Shallows shows that the pattern works really well with silk. Another scarf knit up in a silk yarn (Handmaiden Sea Silk) was Dana's lovely silver Kernel:

Beautiful lace knitting, isn't it? Makes me want to get some Sea Silk on my needles soon!

Julie used Hazel Knits Entice MCN, a fingering weight merino/cashmere/nylon blend, for her Biscuit. I thought I'd share this particular photo because it lets you see the gorgeous color up close and because it shows how nicely she blocked the cowl, using T-pins to accentuate the scallops. 

Knitters made Bluet in a variety of yarns for the KAL, and we discovered that it works just as well in a worsted weight yarn as in DK or sport weight. Elisabeth, for example, used Cascade 220 Heathers for her pretty Bluet:

What's next for Blue Peninsula KALs? We're taking a break during October, as I ready a couple of new patterns for release. Coming up in November will be the annual Indie Design Gift-a-Long. The exact dates haven't yet been announced, but I suspect there will be news very soon.

In January, after the holiday gift knitting season is over, we'll have a Selfish Knitting KAL. So mark your calendars! I'll post details in the Blue Peninsula group later this year. Or, subscribe to my newsletter to stay in the loop.

And now, without further ado, the winner of the Bluet pattern and Stitch Sprouts Yellowstone giveaway: The Random Number Generator picked comment #8. 

Congrats, Beth! I've added the pattern to your Ravelry library and hope you love the yarn. Thanks to everyone who left comments about blocking. I learned some useful tips, and hope you did too.


pbtajr said...

Thanks so much for the pattern & yarn...I am really looking forward to giving the pattern & yarn a try. I love trying new to me yarns & it is one of my favorite colors as well! BTW the KAL was lots of fun...everyone made such lovely projects.

Sylvia said...

Shallows was an enjoyable pattern to knit. Thank you for including me in your post!