Project: Alizarin Damask
Designer: Kitman Figueroa
Available: $5 on Ravelry
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Alizarin
This is my second try on this particular pattern, and I’m glad I stuck it out! I love the undulating waves, punctuated by nupps and wrapped stitches. There’s a lot going on with this pattern, and in retrospect I wish I’d chosen a lighter-colored yarn … but I loved working with the Tosh Light, and I love wearing the finished shawlette. I made the small size, and it’s really more kerchief than shawl.
Project: Evergreen Beanie
Pattern: Everdeen Beanie
Designer: Tanis Gray
Available: in Weekend Hats
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Jade
Oh how I love this yarn! Oh how I love this pattern! It really is a match made in heaven. Tosh DK is squishy and wonderful in every possible way, and the non-pooling variegated greens never cease to amaze. The pattern evokes fish scales or waves, or (if you’re a truly mad knitter) you might think of the famous Pomatomus socks by Cookie A (I’ve made two pair, so I know a bit of what I speak). The body of the hat is essentially 1×1 twisted rib, with increases and decreases that make the rib swoop around so attractively. It also makes for an elastic, bouncy, warm hat — love it!
In the spirit of matchy-matchy, I opted to do the brim in 1×1 twisted-knit rib (rather than the 2×2 plain rib called for in the pattern), so that the rib would flow directly into the main body pattern. I also changed the first round — I did a regular k2tog (in lieu of a k2togtbl) on round 1, every repeat of the pattern. To my eye, this allowed the waves to flow into each other more smoothly.
This week I finished a shawl … and started a new one! I am trying Damask again, this time using Tosh Light in Alizarin. It’s hard to photograph, but it is a beautiful warm browny-rainbow colorway. This time around I’m doing the smallest size, and so far it’s working out much, much better.