Introducing my latest pattern: Mind the Gap!
Pattern: Mind the Gap
Designer: Rachel Henry (that’s me!)
Available: FREE on Ravelry
Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Danu, Squonk (sample used about 175 yards)
Mind the Gap is especially designed for hand-dyed yarn. The puffs consolidate colors, making a finished cowl with color properties similar to the original skein of yarn. Even highly variegated skeins can pop in this fun-to-knit, three-dimensional stitch pattern.
The short pattern repeat makes this an easy pattern to adapt to a variety of yarn weights and sizes.
This cowl may be knit flat or in the round – full directions for both methods are included! Full written directions for all charts are also provided.
I’m working on a new design project … something in Danu, a one-skein cowl. Kate’s brilliant idea was to make it so the knitter could knit it flat OR in the round — hence, “Your Way Cowl.”
I’m using my skein of Squonk from the Bestiary Yarn Club.
I tried out a couple stitch patterns … it’s always a challenge to find something interesting that doesn’t start a pitched battle with the colorway, when using highly variegated yarns like this one. I think I’ve found the right one … but who knows, later tonight I may rip it all out! 😉
I bought two skeins of DK-weight yarn from A Hundred Ravens, and made two cowls!
I made the orangey-red skein of Danu into a Greyhaven cowl:
Project: Maple Greyhaven
Designer: Robin Ulrich
Available: $4 on Ravelry
Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Danu (Maple)
I wanted a tighter cowl, so I cast on with only seven repeats of the main lace pattern. My first try turned out too tight, so I frogged and cast on again with one extra repeat. At this stitch count, the yarn pooled in a really beautiful way! Happy accident.
For the pink-and-green skein of Danu, I decided on Trestle, somewhat modified:
Project: Rose Trestle
Pattern: Trestle Neckwarmer
Designer: Virginia Catherall
Available: FREE on Ravelry
Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Danu (Briar Rose)
I eliminated the button on this pattern, and knit it in the round instead of flat. I also reduced the number of repeats, going for a snugger fit. Once again, too snug! I frogged, added a repeat, knit it again. I love the fit of the final version — it stays up around my neck if I’m cold, or I can fold it in half for a more decorative look. The cables played nice with this vibrant colorway. Yay!
Danu is soft, soft, soft and held up to the frogging well, despite being a single-ply yarn.
I bought new yarn on Sunday, and started making stuff right away!
With my skein of A Hundred Raves Danu in “Briar Rose,” I’m making a Trestle Cowl (changed to working in the round, rather than flat):
With my skein of A Hundred Raves Danu in “Maple,” I’m making a Greyhaven cowl — but fewer repeats and taller (for warmth).
I also cast on for pair of socks 2 of 5 for my mom — purple Alpaca Sox in the Gush pattern: