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?