This is the first time Ive seen Audine Wools, a 100% merino DK, in a self-striping colorway and Im delighted! (Can we get a self-striping version of all the yarns out there, too?) Dyeing skeins in this way takes some extra effort, so I really love when new combos come past my radar.
This colorway is Red Rock, which Im really curious to see used in the included
shawl pattern Cloris by Emily Johannes. Im loving how the Prickly Pear looks in it!
One thing that often irks me about shawls is a tendency to curl at the edges where stockinette based stitch patterns are used. Thankfully, thats an impossibility here!
The shawl is perfectly flat thanks to alternating garter stitch and moss stitch bands, which are decorated by a stepping stone edge formed by periodically bound off stitches. Looking through the pattern, I thought of a few tips for you!
Matching Self-Striping Yarn
The first thing you might notice about this shawl is the perfectly matching color
gradation from tip to tip. To accomplish this, you need to make sure to pick the right end of the second skein while making the shawl. Audine Wools makes it very easy with beautifully measured color lengths that start and finish at the exact same place.
Well, not all self-striping yarns are made with such care! How can you make sure to match colors in any self-striping yarn? Heres what I do:
Moss Stitch Tips
Moss stitch (or seed stitch) is one of those stitches that people have a love/hate
relationship with. It looks gorgeous and lies perfectly flat but it can be tricky to do because you always have to remember to knit the purls and purl the knits.
Weve all been in that situation where we forget where we were and ended up with a beautiful 1x1 ribbing instead! Heres what I do to make sure Im on the right track:
KFB Increase Tips
Lets show some love to the KFB! This is the increase used in the Cloris pattern,
standing for knit in the front and the back of a stitch. Ive found that modern patterns tend to avoid KFB to use M1 instead. I get it its a more invisible increase.
However, there is a key advantage to KFB over M1 that everyone should know!
Until next time!
- Dayana Knits
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