Malabrigo Quickie Tomodachi by Noriko Ho
At this time of year there's a fairly good chance that you might be looking for something that is fairly quick to knit up. Maybe you have a last minute gift to figure out. Possibly your head is cold. Whatever the reason, this new pattern from Noriko Ho could be on and off your needles faster than you can believe. called Tomodachi, Noriko makes the most of the inherent interest in our fun and bukly Caracol - the yarn does most of the work for you.
We asked Noriko to speak a bit about her inspiration behind this design and she had this to say:
Caracol is a beautiful yarn that should speak for itself. Tomodachi was inspired by a combination of this fact, and the desire to have a quick and easy pattern to work up last second gifts for friends. The hat pattern works up quickly, but contains enough interest to make it such that you can work it up over and over again. It is written in four different sizes, and each hat can be done with a single skein of Caracol.
And she set about proving how versatile this pattern is by making samples in three different colors; Fuscia, Archangel, and Water Green. Each one is amazing in it's own way!
The construction of Tomodachi is interesting in that you knit the brim flat first and then pick up stitches to work the body and crown. She provides two different seaming options for the brim and I really love how the little twist makes such a big impact in the design. What color would you use for your version of Tomodachi?
Popular on Instagram for November, 2018
And just like that it's the last month of the year and the holidays are approaching! How are your preparations for the end of 2018 and the start of 2019?
Before getting carried away with the holidays, though, lets check out what November had in store for us in term of the most favourite posts on our Instagram feed.
Wonderful choices, don't you think?
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See you in 2019 to see what the last month of 2018 brings us!
We really enjoy showcasing the work knitters do with our yarns, and have dedicated most of our presence online to do so. Obviously one of the reasons is it's the best way to show our product, for others to see how it looks when worked up in different patterns, but we also think it's important to put a big spotlight on the knitters out there that do a wonderful job.
It's in this spirit that we would like to leave in the blog the 5 projects that you liked best from our Instagram account, as a sort of snapshot of the month.
Late November Quickie Moraga Cowl by Juliana Lustenader
All by itself Malabrigo Sock is wonderful to knit with, but when one holds it together with a strand of Malabrigo Silkpaca in the same color the result is positively magical. All of the amazing depth and color the yarns bring are perfectly complemented with the softness and sheen of Alpaca and Silk! The brilliant design mind of Juliana Lustenader cooked up this cowl for us and we love the results!
The Moraga Cowl begins with a garter tab and is structured like a traditional triangle shawl, but after a few repeats you join to knit in the round and the cowl is born! I asked Juliana to speak a bit about her inspiriation and she had the following to share.
The Moraga Cowl is inspired by Moraga Street, one of the most inspiring streets for artists in San Francisco. The top of the street is home to the famous Moraga Steps, a tall set of stairs intricately decorated with mosaic tiles depicting the city’s natural wild life. This is by far my favorite spot in San Francisco because when you reach the top of the steps and turn around, the view of the Western side of the city and the Pacific Ocean is breathtaking. The end of the road meets Ocean Beach, where local street artists use the sea wall as a canvas for their tags and original murals. Every time you walk past this stretch of beach, the artwork has changed since you're last visited. The swirling colors of the Moraga Cowl are reminiscent of the murals found at either end of Moraga Street.
The sample is knit using both Sock and Silkpaca in the color Abril for double the color depth. You could also choose complementary colors and achieve a marled like effect that would be super fun. Regardless what color you choose it will be luxuriously soft and drape beautifully. What colors do you think you would choose?
Saturate Desaturate a Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project from Kirsten Kapur
This collection started with a brilliant idea courtsey of the talented Kirsten Kapur, to create patterns that would look equally good when worked in a single understated color or in multiple brilliant colors. Honestly, it was a tall design challenge but Kirsten has proven that she was up to the task with Saturate Desaturate.
This stunning collection includes 5 patterns and honestly Kirsten can explain it better than I.
I have always been drawn to the challenge of creating patterns that work as well in a single muted shade, as they do using two or more bold colors. My goal is to have enough going on so that the solid piece is still interesting to knit and wear, while at the same time have logical points to add in a second or third color, and not become too busy when those colors are added.
This collection, contains five original patterns, each work as well in neutral shades as they do in bold bright colors. The patterns may be purchased individually or as an ebook.
Dorothy's Wildflowers is a silken dream in Mora when you cobine Pearl Ten with English Rose or use Pearl on its own.
Kim's Pinecones tops things off perfectly (I love pom poms) in Rasta using the combo of Frank Ochre and Cucumber as well as worked simply in Fog.
Use Rios to create a riot of color (Kirsten used Clazed Carrot, Peachy, Holly Hock, and Aquamarine) or a subtle statement (Whole Grain and Natural) when you knit Mutti's Blueberries.
Break out your brioche skills in Mary's Angelica which absolutely pops in a combination of Dill, Manzanilla Olive and Coral or let the deep texture shine in Natural.
Wrap up with Teresa's Pansies knit up in Dos Tierras Polar Morn to match absolutely everything or in a mix of Inciecita and Whales Road for a little color fun.
The color choices you can make in this collection are absolutely endless and we cannot wait to see all of the beautiful pieces you knit up!
All photos (c) Gale Zucker.