Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Our Next Knit Along (KAL).

We're hearing tales of finished or nearly-finished Traveling Woman shawls...and seeing a few as proof - which means it's time to pick our next knit along (KAL) project.

Accessory pieces seem to work well - no sizing or "fit" to worry about - and the yarn (and knitting!) requirements are manageable for a 4-6 week project. Thinking we just knit a shawl, we wanted something different. Perhaps gloves, mittens or fingerless mitts? ...maybe in the fall. Socks? could be. but in the end, we liked a beret the best.

Inspired - much like Traveling Woman's Ruca - by the yarn possibilities, we've selected Selbu Modern by Kate Gagnon Osborn. It's a free pattern, although she does suggest a donation to APSCA to say thank you. (find it here, or on ravelry, here).

Our yarn inspiration? the lovely Koigu Painters Palette Premium Merino (kpppm) and Classic Elite Fresco.

These two finished projects, the first by Raveler suziknits and the second by karendeane, show how the kpppm, used as the contrast color, create an almost tapestry-like effect. Stunning, don't you think?
And the fresco, which has baby alpaca and angora, will add just a bit of halo to show off the colorwork.

Both yarns come in more colors than I can count - leading to a nearly infinite number of combinations. Jane and I spent a very fun hour (maybe more :-) on Monday pairing kpppm and fresco to show you a few possibilities. Check these out!

We'll be casting on at the April 9th KAL.

Project Highlights (please refer to the pattern for all the details):
  • Construction/Pattern - The beret is worked in the round beginning with the brim. The colorwork is charted (62 rows total).
  • Yarn - one skein of the fresco and one of the kpppm.
  • Needles - of course everyone's gauge is different, but 0's and 2's - as the pattern suggests - seem to work for most. The 0's are for the ribbed brim, switching to 2's for the body.
  • Knitting Skills - knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, two color Fair Isle knitting, following a color chart.

1 comment:

  1. hope to see some of these when they're finished-lovely color inspiration.