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Posh!



I fell off the blogging wagon this week thanks to an unwelcome visit from a sick-bug, but I am happy to report that I have recovered and am back in action! This next installment of yarns I have to tell you about is quite exciting . . . and quite posh!

mulberrycowl.jpgMulberry Merino
This blend of mulberry silk & merino wool is amazingly soft, heavenly to work with, and not pricey. At only $7.99/50gm, everyone can afford a bit of posh! We have a few great project ideas for you…

You will want to snuggle up with this yarn, so why not make a cuddly neck cowl? This 2-skein cowl is a snap to make, and I’ll even include the pattern for you at the end of this post!
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I also think this yarn is PERFECT for chemo caps. Choosing a wonderfully soft yarn is key to making caps for chemo patients, and I can think of nothing more yummy than the Mulberry Merino! You can find a complimentary cap pattern at the end of this post as well.alpacascarf.jpg

Baby Alpaca DK Paint
It doesn’t get much yummier than pure baby alpaca! This Peruvian painted luxury alpaca is a great buy at $7.99/50gm. The pattern for this beautiful scarf can be found at the end of this post.

Hillside Linen
Posh goes au naturale with this soft blend of alpaca & linen. With an array of undyed shades, this earthy yarn is a great buy at only $11.99/100gm skein.hillsidelinen1.jpg

Check out this cute shell and shrug! The shell takes 3-5 skeins, and the shrug takes 2 of the Hillside Linen. Both pieces are great separately or as a pair.

All three of these new posh yarns are available at both SWAK locations. Come in and check them out! And now without further adieu, we have three free patterns for you….
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Mulberry Merino Cowl
Gauge - 14sts = 4″ in stockinette stitch
Needle - US 10.5, 32″ circular or size to get gauge
Finished Size - 30″ circumference x 12″ (requires 2 skeins Mulberry Merino)

Cast On 105 sts. Join in round. Knit 5 rounds. Purl 5 rounds. Continue alternating 5 knit & 5 purl rounds, ending with 5 knit rounds until cowl measures desired width. Bind Off loosely.
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Chemo Cap
Gauge - 20sts = 4″ in stockinette stitch
Needle - US 7, 16″ circular and DPNs or size to get gauge
Size - average woman’s
Yarn - 2 skeins Mulberry Merino

Cast on 88 sts and join in round. Work in stockinette stitch (knit every round) for 5.5″.
Begin crown decreases, switching to DPNs when necessary.
Decrease round - *K2, K2tog, repeat from * around (66 sts)
Work 10 rounds without shaping
Decrease round - *K1, K2tog, repeat from * around (44 sts)
Work 3 rounds without shaping
Decrease round - *K2tog, repeat from * around (22 sts)
Work 1 round without shaping
Decrease round - *K2tog, repeat from * around (11 sts)
Cut yarn, and draw through remaining stitches to fasten off.

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Baby Alpaca Scarf
Gauge - 21sts = 4″ in alternate rib pattern
Needle - US 9 or size to get gauge
Finished Size - 5″ x 50″ (requires 2 skeins Baby Alpaca DK Paint)

Cast On 25 sts. Work in alternate rib as follows:
Row 1 - *P1, K3, repeat from * until 1 st remains, P1
Row 2 - K2, *P1, K3, repeat from * until 3 sts remain, P1, K2
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until desired length, then Bind Off in pattern. Add fringe.

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3 Responses to “Posh!”

  1. Mary Says:

    You rock.

  2. Debbie Says:

    My chemo cap turned out beautiful and felt better than wonderful with the Mulberry Merino yarn you suggested. The colors are also great. Mary is right you rock.

  3. Sherie Says:

    Thanks for the news and for the patterns. I’ll be going to SWAK on Saturday to check out the latest yarn arrivals.