Thursday, February 10, 2011

On The Needles - Eco Cloud

Eco Cloud on the Needles

I absolutely love playing with yarn and with stitch patterns.  Frankly, I don't get enough time to do this.  I've been on the road this week - which means I get time to knit.

We have a new yarn that I got to swatch before we ordered it but have not have a chance to get back to since.  Eco Cloud - it is a heavenly blend of undyed merino wool and undyed baby alpaca with a crocheted tubular construction.  There is a great deal of spring to this yarn when you knit it and it has fabulous stitch definition.  Did I mention it is soft and squishy?
There are 10 natural colors - I chose color 1810 because I love heathered greys.
I decided it would be fun to create a cowl since it would feel wonderfully against my neck (and frankly everytime I know I am going to Pittsburgh in February I am inspired to make something that will keep me warm).  Since I wanted something that wouldn't take away from the airiness of the yarn and would look interesting, I chose a Twisted Trellis stitch (plus it is a simple enough pattern that I can pick it up and put it down numerous times without completely messing it up).

I cast on 108 stitches on a circular needle (I used a 24") and then joined being careful not to twist.  I knit one row, placed a stitch marker at the beginning of the round, and then started the following pattern.
Row 1:  YO, K2Tog
Row 2:  K2Tog, YO
I hope to finish it by Saturday and see what one skein will make.

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