When the going gets tough, the tough procrastinate. C’mon! Let’s ditch work and gaze at patterns.
I’m on a never-ending quest for patterns that make the most of our 16 shades of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Loft, a yarn that blends mohair and silk into a quick-knitting cloud. Juicy and blah, that’s our palette. Sometimes you want WOW; sometimes you want SSSSSHHHHH.
In my wanderings, I ended up in the Land of Rowan, that dreamy place where the Kidsilk Haze floats around and the models are pensive. Rowan has a significant number of patterns that call for mohair/silk yarn. I love them all, but here are seven designs that made me go particularly heart eyes.
Belarus by Kaffe Fassett
In typical Kaffe exuberance, this airy cardigan calls for nine shades of yarn. We support this completely while at the same time observing that a person could conceivably make this with far fewer shades and still have a great time. Bonus: no buttonhole band!
Lucetta by Sarah Hatton
We are curious about that generous sleeve. The generous sleeve is everywhere this season. We wonder if it allows for extra storage of facial tissues for the cold ’n’ flu season? Whatever. We applaud eyelets with mohair/silk yarn. It gets you into the lace zone without it being, you know, lace. Bonus: no buttonhole band!
Gossamer Shrug by Marie Wallin
Maybe 15 percent of my love of this pattern has to do with our model’s hair: a classic Rowan confection of volume and Things From Nature Put In There. Beyond that, I love this design for its forgiving fit and Jane Austen vibe. We are experiencing a Shrug Revival, people—often called a “cocoon” or “unshaped semi-garment” or “one size doesn’t actually fit anybody but that’s OK.” Bonus: no buttonhole band!
Beaded Kidsilk Haze Scarf by Lisa Richardson
More eyelet fun, here with Old Shale/feather-and-fan wave action. Bead it if you’re feeling sassy; ignore that instruction completely if you’re feeling, like me, human. Bonus: no buttonhole band!
Purity by Sharon Miller
Moderate-dose lace edging, plus a nice, easy stockinette along the way. Possible caption: “Did I feed the cat this morning?” Bonus: no buttonhole band!
River by Sharon Miller
A second favorite by a revered shawlist. This wrap is 90% air holes, just saying. It’s practically not knitting at all. Bonus: no buttonhole band!
Birch by Sharon Miller
Finally, the shawl I’ve made at least three times, OH GAH this is the best thing ever. Birch will comfort you and warm you when you’re out touring the British Isles in your caravan on holiday, and it’s a bit chilly in the early evening air. (Or early morning air, I can’t really tell but it’s probably early evening because who’s got their stripey/plaid ensemble together before coffee?)
Bonus: no buttonhole band!