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Ridgeback Mountain Giveaway!

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Last summer I designed a hat and cowl set, Ridgeback Mountain Set, for Craftsy. I picked their Highland DK as I really liked the natural brown color and the firm hand. This yarn isn’t soft like merino BUT it feels very comfortable to both knit with and wear and most importantly it will be durable enough to look good for several years.


Both the hat and cowl are knit in the round which has the lovely bonus of all stitches being knit with no purl! The pattern stitches are a subtle 1×1 series of cables. You can knit these directly on the needles without ever needing to grab a cable needle as there are only 2 stitches involved! I love how with just a simple left and right crosses you can create some beautiful textures.

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The hat decreases are all worked into the pattern – you can see that the ‘leaf’ pattern on the crown has the decreases at either edge.

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The cowl is double thickness as it’s knit in the round from side-to-side. This extra thickness gives it great stability so it stands very nicely around the neck. One side of the cowl is stockinette stitch and the other is dense textured stitch. This means that you have a tighter cowl at the back where you want it to tuck inside your coat! When the cowl is finished you undo the provisional cast-on and graft the start and end stitches together for a totally seamless finish.
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Now for the giveaway! Everyone that purchases the pattern for the set in January will be entered into a draw for 3 skeins of the Cloudborn Highland DK yarn that craftsy gave me. Entry is automatic.
I’ll draw the winner on the 1st of February so you can get knitting when the weather is still cold enough to need it!

Cloudborn

Recently Craftsy has begun producing their own brand of yarn which has a HUGE range. They sent me a cute little bag with samples of each yarn in the ‘Cloudborn’ yarn range.

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There is a big variety of yarns in this new range, in fact so many that it was initially overwhelming. I have however narrowed it down to a few favourites to get started with :-) The prices are very reasonable so there isn’t a huge cost investment in trying them out.

IMG_4211I don’t know yet what I’m going to knit with the Superwash Merino Bulky but it feels amazing, soft and fat. The double stranded twist in the yarn gives it a very distinctive look and texture. I think this will be a good one for big chunky oversized hats or even a heavy winter jacket/cardigan? It would be a lovely one to knit my free pattern, Iced with. I knit the swatch using 8 mm (US size 11) needles and got a gauge of 10.5 sts and 17 rows per 4″.

IMG_4235Coming down the thickness ladder the next one I tested out is the Highland Worsted. IMG_4213

Again this yarn has got a high twist but it’s not a super soft as the chunky yarn (but it’s not scratchy either, but durable feeling). I think this will be a great yarn for sweaters and larger projects. It’s got a nice bounce and stitch definition that should show cables off really nicely. The swatch was knit with 4 mm (US size 6) needles and I got a gauge of 20 sts and 32 rows per 4″.

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Here we have the Merino Alpaca Sport.

IMG_4216This one wins on softness. I want this one for a cowl or maybe a big oversized scarf or shawl. It feels good next to the skin but I’m always wary of using alpaca in garments, it frequently loves to grow so use it in a project where growth is a good thing rather than a problem (or knit it at a tight gauge to reduce the issue). The swatch was knit with 4 mm (US size 6) needles and I got a gauge of 21 sts and 32 rows per 4″.

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The baby sister of the Highland worsted is the Highland Superwash Twist Sock.

IMG_4219This yarn has got a very visible high twist, which should be really good for durability. Sock yarn is very versatile, it can of course be used for knitting socks but frequently it’s the go-to yarn for shawls both solid color and striped. If you combined one of their solids with a handpainted yarn it would be a great combination for Penrose Tile.

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The swatch was knit with 3.5 mm (US size 4) needles and I got a gauge of 24 sts and 36 rows per 4″.

Over the coming months I’ve got a few more kits coming out with the Cloudborn Yarn, the range is large enough that it may keep me busy for a while!

What yarn do you think you’ll try first?

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