Greetings, knitter friends. This week Ann and I have the pleasure—and the blessed relief—of showing you each of the projects Cecelia Campochiaro has invented—and unvented—for MDK Field Guide No. 19: Marls.
Waiting to cast on the Marlogram Scarf/Cowl has been a test of my mettle. (I didn’t pass the test.) The Marlogram has two elements I love: a repetitive textured pattern plus open-ended color play. Oh—and a third element: I really want it around my neck, as soon as possible.
Without further ado, cast your eyes on the wonder that is the Marlogram Scarf/Cowl.
Working marls with a slow-shifting gradient yarn makes colors shift even more. Who knows how they will combine? That’s the fun.
When both skeins are the same colorway, you get lovely matching moments.
We brought in a brand-new yarn for this one: Freia Ombré Merino Lace, the latest creation of Tina Whitmore, one of the yarn world’s great colorists. Knitting up Tina’s artful color shifts is one of our favorite things—it’s hypnotic. Now, with the Marlogram, we get to combine two strands of ever-shifting laceweight. It’s a whole new level of color play.
The Marlogram can be a scarf or a cowl, depending on whether you join the two ends when the knitting is done, as shown here. The pattern keeps your options open with a provisional cast on.
If you’re thinking, “This project reminds me of something,” there’s a reason for that! The Parallelogram Scarf in Field Guide No. 5 is so dearly beloved that we asked Cecelia to apply the magic of marling to a similar format, using a similar style of yarn. Like the mighty Parallelogram, the Marlogram combines a sequence knitting pattern plus painterly color changes. Two strands of laceweight makes a deliciously frothy fabric.
Welcome to the world, Marlogram Scarf/Cowl—we are thrilled to see you.