Of Silk and Wool

Here we have a birthday gift knit with some yarn I once received as birthday gift.  I call this good knitting karma!

For my sister V, a simple yet lush and lacy neckwarmer:

  • Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino in Archangel, less than one skein
  • Pattern: Fern Neckwarmer by Sue Granfield (free pattern download, Ravelled here)
  • Needles: US 8 & 9
  • Mods: None.

This is a nice little knit, simple yet satisfying.  I did have a knitter-error with a coupe of rogue yarn overs, but they fit right in and were not noticeable in the finished project.  This would be an equally good choice for someone wanting to try out a little lace or for a knitter with a bit more experience.  There’s an interesting bind off that I had never tried before call the suspended cast off.  It was fun and stretchy, as promised.  I really like how this starts out as a close-fitting cowl, then bells out a bit at the base; it’s perfect for wearing under a coat to keep the chill out.

The real excitement in this story is the yarn, Malabrigo silky merino.  I have been lusting after it ever since it came to live with me in my stash.  This was “special” yarn, something that was a gift from a good friend that I kept saving for just the right project.  I always envisioned something pretty and lacy, just never committed to anything.  So when my sister V admired it, I began thinking about knitting her something for her birthday.  It knits up light and lofty, and has this beautiful sheen; the colors range from a frosty pink to deep amethyst.  This pattern used maybe half a skein, so I have 1.5 skeins left to knit something lovely for myself.  Have you knit with silky merino?  Have any pattern suggestions?

 

S and V, ages 9 and 3

Happy Birthday.  I love you, sister!