How to Knit a Cloud
A quick hello because I’m on the road right now. My hot tip for the sort of thing that suits a knitter who’s packing light?
This is the Belinda Wrap, a design I cooked up a long time ago. I’ve worn it steadily as a scarf ever since—it’s 50% air, 50% halo, 100% indestructible.
Why This Is a Good Thing
Reason No. 1: Portable. You can pack all the yarn for this five-foot-long wrap in a wee Bento Bag. Four balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze, two each of two colors. It takes up so little space yet allows for so much knitting.
Reason No. 2: The yarn. Rowan Kidsilk Haze is celebrating its 20th anniversary right now, and it gets a great big “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” from me. Its blend of 70% mohair and 30% silk creates the ultimate halo yarn. It transforms a fabric when you carry it with a wool yarn—or any yarn, actually.
Here, in the Belinda Wrap, it’s knit on its own, and the filmy quality of the yarn shines.
Reason No. 3: The pattern. This design is great for travel, when you want to be able to stop and go without digging out a pattern.
It’s SSK, double yarnover, k2tog. Repeat. On the other side you p3, k1. Knit one rectangle, then pick up along the edge and knit a second one. You’ll want the full pattern, obviously. But it’s that simple. And when you block it, it all straightens out and looks amazing.
Reason No. 4: The colors. We carry 30 shades of Kidsilk Haze, and it’s the sort of inspired palette that allows for Belinda pairings all day long. I look at this image and see pairings that work no matter whether you’re aiming for close colors or high contrast.
I’ve started with Blue Poppy, a color I’m seeing all over the place. And I think I’ll go with Turquoise for the second color.
But now I’ve having second thoughts. Like, 28 second thoughts.