Kiwiyarns Knits

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A good kind of busy

This week has flown by in a very good busy kind of way.  There has been an enormous amount of knitting behind the scenes, plotting designs and sorting out samples.  So much fun!!

Although it’s too early to tell you about any of the new things I’m working on, I realise that I haven’t yet shown you the possum version of the Latticework Cowl:

Latticework cowl in Zealana HeronThis version is knitted in Zealana Heron in the Cloud Blue colourway.  You can see the softer look of the stitches in this version caused by the halo from the possum fibres.  Of course, it’s very snuggly and soft as well!  I love it as much as the original in Maniototo Wool.

I’m working on a third version in alpaca at the moment.  I think it will be interesting to see how the alpaca performs in a structured cable design.

I knitted a quick hat for the older boy over the weekend.  Haven’t managed to get a photo yet.  It’s a basic slouchy beanie in worsted weight (design out of my head).  I had a lone skein of Dark Charcoal Cascade 220 floating in my stash that was the perfect thing for this beanie.  He seems quite happy with it. I was so happy with it that I’m knitting another now – this time for my brother-in law.

The Crenate socks were also finished.

Crenate socks in alpaca/merino

I love the fancy detailing around the ankle and heel.  It’s interesting that the pattern for this sock instructs a much smaller level of slip stitch rib than is shown in the pattern pictures on Ravelry.  I ended up knitting quite a few more rows than suggested in the pattern as the heel was far too shallow otherwise, but I think the heel would be better knitted as shown in the pictures on Ravelry (maybe she updated the design after it was printed in The Knitter, where I got this pattern?)  I am slightly worried that the heel will wear out too fast knitted like I have knitted it. However, they do look very pretty.  I hope the recipient likes them.

The New Zealand alpaca/merino/nylon sock yarn base I used is so lovely that I’m glad I’ll be casting on using this base again soon for the older boy’s annual pair of winter socks.  This time it’s from Happy-go-knitty in a self-striping combination of soft blues that look just like striped pyjamas to me!

Self-striping alpaca merino

Finally, a Happy Mother’s Day to all mums who read this blog!  I hope you had (are having) a wonderful day and were/are being appropriately spoiled by your families.  I was very surprised to receive a beautiful bouquet from my daughter (who lives overseas).  The two boys managed to acquit themselves very well too – the younger boy surprised me by cutting up a plate of fruit and cracking a handful of walnuts for me, all presented very neatly on a plate, as a mother’s day snack, along with a pretty handmade card.  He cut out a whole heap of beautiful hearts and decorated the door frame to the living room with them as well.  Such a sweetie! And the older boy, not to be outdone, washed and dried the day’s dishes all by himself!!  No mean feat considering I decided to get energised on the baking front today and baked no less than two pumpkin pies and an apple cake, and then made a very large pot of soup for dinner.  There was quite a pile of washing-up to do…

I have been very spoiled indeed this weekend.







The latticework cowl

Today, I’m delighted to release the pattern for the Latticework Cowl.

Latticework in Maniototo Wool

This cowl was knitted in the round from just less than one skein of Maniototo Wool in the Tussock colourway.  The yarn shows up the latticework cables beautifully – you can see the latticework fencing inspiration for this design in the background.

The design can be worn two ways – turned down for those warmer days when you prefer a bit of air around the neck, and full length, when insulation against the wind and cold are a premium consideration!

Latticework cowl turned down

The cowl takes around 180m of worsted weight/aran/10 ply yarn.  It’s a great stash buster, taking only one 100g skein of yarn and (I hope you agree) it’s a stylish addition to the winter wardrobe.  I’ve been wearing mine this week now that the weather has finally turned – and feeling rather grand!

Thanks again to the eldest boy for the photographs.

Here’s a detailed picture of the patterning:

Latticework cowl detail

This pattern is free with purchase of yarn from Maniototo Wool.  Mary will give you a code that you can use on Ravelry to download the pattern for free or the pattern can be emailed to you.  (If you have already purchased yarn from Mary and would like this pattern, you may also request the code from her).

The pattern is also available for purchase as a standalone pattern here.  The price is NZ$3.50.