02/26/15: Bright colors, warm yarns.

If anyone asks you why you knit or crochet, here’s your answer: February.

Joan’s Simple Luxury Giant Scarf/Shawl from the Pickles website (also on Ravelry in a smaller version) is one of the best ways we know to wrap yourself up in soft, soft warmth. We loved it so much, in fact, Catherine made us a shop sample in the same Manos del Uruguay Maxima and Shibui Silk Cloud Joan used. Here’s Joan’s on US17s with a decorative I-Cord edging…

… and Catherine’s version (bigger stitches but smaller scarf) on US19s:

The combination of the buttery 100% merino and the luxurious silk/mohair is unbeatable. The fact that we have so many color matches between the two yarns is a nice bonus! Garter stitch makes it a perfect project for a beginning knitter. Grab one skein of Silk Cloud and two of the Maxima, and you’ll have your own Luxury Scarf/Shawl in no time.

Maxima yarn makes two more appearances this post, next in Jill’s Cobblestone Neckwarmer* by Andrea Marquis. The chic hardware is a JŪL leather Venetian Hinge, a screw-in, no-sew repositionable closure. Our JŪL pedestal buttons can work the same magic, transforming scarves into statement cowls in seconds. here (drumroll, please!) is Brigid’s Maxima masterpiece, her very first sweater, Beaubourg* by Julie Hoover, which was designed specifically for Maxima. Another pattern suitable for a new knitter, Beaubourg is a very wearable, fuller and deeper in the back than the front. Exposed seams mean no fussy stitching. Seriously, wouldn’t you like to have that “I just knit a sweater” smile? (You can, you know!)

Jill again used a plummy palette for a shop sample of our easy, graceful pattern for a Self-Fringing Shawl*. Her yarn is Lorna’s Laces Grace, a hand-dyed mohair/wool boucle. This pattern made its debut on the blog in the January 22nd post, thanks to Joan’s elegant Trendsetter Dune and Cin Cin version.

Bonnie liked Joan’s Self-Fringing Shawl so much, she stocked up on both Dune and Cin Cin to make shawls as take-along travel projects. Below, her two shawls. The pattern is a great stash buster, ideal for bulkier yarns or combinations of yarn on US15-19s.

Bonnie used Plymouth Gina for her Greenwich hat by Diane Serviss from her book Knitted Beanies & Slouchy Hats.

The matching Gina fingerless mitts are from a personal pattern.

Hikoo Simplinatural was a natural (and beautiful) choice for Bonnie’s Kenzie Shawl* from Stephen West.

Bonnie’s #33 Heart Blanket* by Bonnie Franz was also pictured in our January 22nd post. Below, a second blanket Bonnie created based on the same pattern but worked in blocks rather than strips. The yarns are Plymouth Gina and Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend.

Joanne knit this eye-catching Turbulence Cowl* in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. The design comes from Laura Chau.

Sue used Plymouth Gina Chunky for our chunky version of Laura Meyers’ Modern Rustic.

Charlotte joined in Carolyn Kern’s Playgound Shawls KAL in the fall. Here is her Cat’s Cradle* in Geilsk Tweed. It arrived on a Thursday evening attractively pinned to Charlotte’s jacket, so that’s how I photographed it.

And here is Charlotte herself, graciously modeling her snazzy Zuzu’s Petals* from Carina Spencer for us. The yarn is Freia Ombré Sport.

The Barley hat from tincanknits is shown here in Rowan Pure Wool, fresh off Jane’s needles.

Tina knit another design from tincanknits, a pretty little Lush* cardigan in Classic Elite Liberty Wool.

Wanda has the best luck with mystery knit-alongs. Below are two projects knit from MKALs. First, Bonnie’s Wish*, the Fiddle Knits 2014 MKAL from Erica Jackofsky. Louet Gems Sport really shows off the intricate cabling in this spectacular shawl.

And here is her Aglow, the Wild Prairie Knits 2014 MKAL from Cindy Garland. Wanda’s choice of Schulana’s ever so slightly iridescent Mosco was perfect; the shawl really does glow!

Finally, Wanda’s Busting-Stashes-Every-Chance-I-Get baby blanket in Cascade Pacific Chunky from Brianna Mewborn.

Molly is a huge fan of Kay Dahlquist’s Menagerie* pattern because it can be worn so many different ways. She knit hers in Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk. Here, Maude models Menagerie as a tee, both a long and a wide ponchette…

…and even as a stylish scarf and an ascot.

Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available for sale at Gosh Yarn It!


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