Wednesday, February 08, 2012

ariana cowl

Now that the best FO of the year is here, some of the non-human wips cluttering the joint are starting to  deliver as well. Like this cowl, designed & knit for niece Ariana who came up last weekend.
She is my favorite niece to hang out with. (Easy to say since she's my only niece.) Aside from her brainy & artistic accomplishments, she knits and likes to make things too. Win.
This is when it's double wrapped,and you are imitating models in Japanese pattern books. Here's my inspiration, something I saw that was not handknit. Now that I am returning to  it---they look nothing alike. I guess that's what "inspired by" not "knocked off" means, right? . It;s a long loops with two  textures but when wrapped together had a nice interplay of the different pattern stitches as if one was wearing two matching but yet not-matching scarves.
Looped over only once you can clearly see the two different stitches and yarns weights. I'd like to play around with another loopy cowly thing,  with one stitch pattern knit the long way, join it into a loop then pick up and knit the second stitch pattern part 90 degrees from the first. (Yes, I do know there are patterns like this, I just have one I haven't seen yet in my brain).
Mistake rib in Peruvia Quick on size 13 US needles.0179_GZuckerARIANA 
A reversing lace stitch on size 10.5 US needles in Peruvia.
This is an easy fun knit: only one skein of each yarn. Peruvia is a single spun yarn, and Peruvia Quick is the bulkier plied version of it . It's soft and lofty and the colors have a little bit of subtle contrasting halo; this nice green has lots of gold shot through it. Not as in "spots of color that'll pool" but as in" in the late afternoon sun it gets a nice glow going". 
PS It also looks most excellent worn for getting to know your new cousin Zoe.(Like how I snuck her in? Can.not.resist.)


Anonymous said...

Aaaaaah, the tiny splayed fingers. You kill me. The shock of hair.

The nice cowl! We are simu-cowling, for nieces!

xox kay

Carole Knits said...

It's a good thing you snuck her in, I'd expect no less. Pretty cowl.

Mary Lou said...

Nice cowl. Beautiful niece. (Future model?) And speaking of future models, that Zoe is something. What a hair farmer! Adorable picture.

gayle said...

Gorgeous cowl modeled by a gorgeous niece! Add in gorgeous baby and you have the perfect photo. (And now that you've taken the perfect photo, what are you going to do with the rest of your life? ;} )

Cookie said...

Beautiful niece! Nice, cowl but that last photo was clearly the winner. Well done!

Marla McLean, Atelierista said...

I feel proud that my family is being branded by you...LaMar Scarf & Ariana Cowl! I love how when the cowl is looped you can see the 2 textures, super yummy.

twinsetellen said...

I can just feel that little package of cute in my arms when I look at that last photo. I am not sure how any knitting is getting done at all with Zoe around!

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