The Crunching Leaves Cowl is a simple cowl that allows two yarns to interact and create a woven effect. I used my favorite stitch, along with bulky yarn and some seed stitch to create a simple but cozy cowl that is a striking addition to a winter outfit. Made with two skeins of Dragonfly Fibres Super Traveller (shown here in Golden Compass and Silver Fox), or two skeins of bulky yarn, 100 yards each.
If you’d like to pace yourself with a KAL that comes out in clues but is not a mystery, Moroccan Magique is an excellent way to do this. The rectangular wrap with short rows consists of five colors. One clue is released per week over six weeks. At the end, there will be a “Lagalong” for those who like a low pressure approach. There is one prize per week and there will also be a Lagalong prize. Please visit my Ravelry group if you’d like to discuss colors or join in.
Another Brick in the Shawl is a three-colored boomerang shawl. It has mosaics interspersed with nice, mindless slip stitches if you need something for your latest Netflix series or a long car trip. I chose a melon and aqua because they are such a nice combination for spring but any two contrasting colors would work well.
Gray Area is a collaboration between Casapinka and Invictus Yarns. There are many color combinations you can choose from… pick a gray gradient and decide on a punchy main color such as red, pink, orange or teal, or pick a neutral main color color with a gradient that you love.
Do you have a skein of variegated yarn that you love? Perhaps you are unsure how to use it. One & Done is a pattern designed specifically for variegated yarn, using garter, rib and dropped stitches and can even be made with two skeins. You will love watching the strands formed between stitches as you drop them before knitting the border. One & Done is simple, portable, and made to celebrate your coveted yarn!
For some reason, I never tire of variegated yarn, especially when combined with a nice solid to tone it down. I wanted to show you two designs that are both simple, “beach takers” as I call them. You’ll quickly get the hang of them and can dodge sand and sunscreen as you sit under your umbrella and take breaks to boogie board!
Both require 2 skeins of sock/fingering yarn (any brand is fine.)
Painted Windows is a boomerang shaped shawl and Rainbow Warrior is a top down-crescent shawl.
Looking for a fast-knitting shawl to show off variegated yarn? Albuquerque Sunset uses repeats of the same slipped stitch with different numbers of stockinette rows in between. Choose one solid and one variegated or two solids and create your own wearable art!
The Kitty Invisibility Cloak is a tribute to Mrs. Norris (a cat in Harry Potter) who can sense the kids even when they wear the invisibility cloak. You can see little paw prints on the lace portion of the shawl and underneath, who knows what lurks? Knit your own KIC and disappear into it anytime you like. POOF.
Two ungrateful cats were fired during the photo shoot due to general disagreeability and a butt biting incident.
Use 2 skeins of Hedgehog Fibers Skinny Singles or 2 skeins of your favorite sock yarn — perhaps Dragonfly Fibers Pixie? — to make this shawl.
If you’re looking for a relaxing knitting design that is 50% off, Mick Jagged is on sale through March 1 in honor of Malabrigo March. It was designed in Malabrigo Sock and Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply, and is wonderful for a solid/variegated combination.
There is a very fun MKAL in collaboration with Miss Babs beginning January 21. There will be six clues on an all-garter shawl, appropriately called “Welcome Back, Garter.” You need three skeins of sock yarn; please read the info on the Ravelry pattern page for specifics. Please join the Casapinka group on Ravelry for some great prizes and to share your colors. We even have a beautiful gradient prize for our “Endalong” (where you sew in your ends like good knitters, ahem). If you need color help we are there to guide you. The shawl is large, drapey, pretty, and fun to knit. You might want to knit more than one!