Calm down, calm down lady! When I talked with you the other day about my new project, Joji Locatelli’s Gossamer, one of the stars of Field Guide No. 22: Grace, you expressed a certain concern about what I’m up to. A raised eyebrow. A “hmmmmm.”
I’m here to confirm to you that I am knitting the pattern exactly as written.
With a few modifications. OK, three modifications.
To recap, here’s the design as Joji designed it.
Adorable, right? Yes! And yet, I’m going rogue.
Number 1: One Strand, Not Two
Joji calls for Rowan Kidsilk Haze held double. Sitting here in Nashville, familiar with the spectacularly insulating qualities of this yarn, I have opted to use only one strand.
The fabric is half as thick, obviously, and it is translucent now, which is a quality of Kidsilk Haze that I love. Same needle size, coming in at around 18 sts/4″ (10 cm) rather than the 17 sts/4″ (10 cm) in the pattern. Which is fine because . . .
Number 2: Sizing It Up
I’m making the ninth size, rather than the third size I would make if I wanted it to fit like the sample above. Which I don’t—I want this to be a big, comforting swath, a sort of ruana-ish type deal. The ninth size will be 33″ (85 cm) wide, rather than 22″ (56 cm), an airy cocoon for the winter to come.
Some of my favorite wraps are big and enveloping, so I’m aiming for that here.
Number 3: No Buttonholes, No Buttons
You probably guessed I’d do this one. I love all those shimmery shell buttons, but I’m just lazy, what can I say? I’m jonesing for knitting that I can do while watching six seasons of The Good Fight.
Bubbles or doodles, such a cool yarn. This is Turquoise, one of the 29 colors we’re stocking now.
Fellow Gossamerians, how’s it going? I’m struck with how fast the knitting goes with Kidsilk Haze. It’s different from a woolly yarn, but easy enough.