Malabrigo Quickie: The Rainbow and the West Wind by Christy Furlan

This entry was posted on 26th October, 2018 by Barbara .

When you take one of our multi-color variegated yarns paired with a solid and throw in some slipped stitches you kinda get magic! Or at least in the hands of talented designer Christy Furlan you do! She created this month's Quickie for us and called it The Rainbow and the West Wind. 

This long and loopy cowl features Rios on a size 8 needle, so it knits up fairly quickly in to a fun riot of color. Or, should you be feeling a little more reserved, it would look just as beautiful in two semi-solids.

Let's hear from the designer herself on the inspiration behind this piece.

I’m a Greek mythology nerd. Since I was a little kid, I have loved reading Greek myths and the modern stories they inspire. With these stories floating around my head, I instantly think of Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, when I see rainbow yarn. And, wow, can Malabrigo do rainbow yarn! 

In the world of Greek mythology, Iris was married to Zephyros, the god of the west wind. For this design, I wanted to find a way to knit up the image in my head of the west wind rushing to embrace the rainbow. This is represented in the design by the garter stripes continuously flowing towards the rainbow mosaic stockinette sections. The arc of the rainbow is also echoed in the matching I-cord cast on and bind-off. 

Are you passionate about Greek mythology? Or perhaps just Malabrigo’s amazing rainbow yarn? Then grab your needles and cast on a blustery rainbow of your own!

The designer used Pearl as her base and then paired it with Diana in the long sample and Arco Iris in the shorter one. Both look amazing and I cannot wait to see what other combos knitters come up with! 

Pop over to Ravelry to get your own copy of the pattern and then go visit your favorite LYS to choose your own colors!


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