Good morning from New York on a cool day in May.
Mother Nature keeps teasing us with warmth and sunshine, and then retreats for a day or two. This has advantages. The flowering season is prolonged and it's still quite comfy to be knitting with wool and wearing some wool layers, too.
I've just completed another of my tubular fair isle patterned cowls. This one was knit with a selection of DK yarns on a 3.75 mm circular needle.
For the borders between the diagonal bits I used a duo of fingering weight yarns. One was black shetland and the other was a ruby red tweed yarn. I think this blending helps soften the line, while still giving some definition.
In order to complete this cowl, I finally mastered a grafting technique known as the Kitchener stitch.
I'm left-handed, but do my knitting in the same direction as right-handed folks do. My crocheting is done in a left-handed way, opposite to what you see in crocheting instruction books. Kitchener stitch instructions I've seen over the years in books and videos also seemed geared to right-handed persons.
I just could not get my mind wrapped around the technique. And then, yesterday, I found that I could. I am thankful to the Kitchener instructions given in Elizabeth Lovick's wonderful book, The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting.
It took a little while to join the ends of my tube but as you can see in the above photo, my cowl is complete, and I do like the way it drapes.
I will soon be adding this item to my Foakley Arts etsy.com shop.
Now I am finishing up another fair isle scarf, and beginning a lacy triangle scarf using very fine yarn. As I work on these two projects, I am also getting some ideas about another design which will allow me to practice that no longer elusive Kitchener stitch.
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