Life Cycle

February 20, 2014

I'm happy to share Alana Dako's new skinny scarf pattern, Life Cycle available soon in her book, Botanical Knits 2.  I test knit this for her, then loved making it so much I promptly made two more.  The pattern is fun and addictive and makes a long skinny scarf that is fun to wear.  In case you think it's difficult, it's not.  It has both written and charted instructions and consists of a few simple stitches like yarnovers and knit-two-togethers and a few more.  Each stitch is explained well.  This would be a good beginner project if you wanted to advance your knitting skills.  It's fun to see the leaves "grow".  I knit this on the airplane sitting next to a middle aged man who had to occasionally check and marvel at my progress.  It's funny when you knit in public, people think you are some kind of curiosity!

The first one is knit in Rowan's new silk and linen yarn, the light worsted weight Silkystones.  I used two colors, Glade, below left, and Cavern on the right.  This was my first time knitting with Silkystones and think it's a wonderful transition spring and fall yarn.  Very easy to knit and has an earthy quality with a lot of texture and interest and is lovely against bare skin.  I was surprised how much "give" this yarn has.  Very easy to maneuver the stitches and it wet blocked very well.  To achieve the dual tone look, I knit with one color until I ran out, then added the other.

The next scarf is knit in Alana's recommended yarn, Dyed in the Wool by Spincycle Yarns in 100% superwash Bluefaced Leicester.  This is my first time using Bluefaced Leicester and now I know what all the fuss is about.  It's so soft!  It's 200 yards of sport/heavy sock weight, has many gorgeous colorways with gradual color changes and is just beautiful.  It wet blocked beautifully and I enjoyed knitting with this very much.  It's quite bouncy and has lots of memory.  The scarf below was knit in color "salty dog" and was gifted to my mother for Christmas.


The last one to share is Alana's color choice and is the sample for the book.  Also knit in Spincycle's Dyed in the Wool in a color, "end of summer", especially dyed for Alana for this scarf.  It's a beautiful blend of fall colors and makes the leaves pop.  The scarf above was knit using every bit of the 200 yards in the skein, and the sample below was knit using 300 yards.  We liked it better long and sassy.  This sample below I sadly had to send back, but was fun being a test knitter and work with Alana.

I'm so excited this pattern is finally published.  It's part of Alana's new book,  Botanical Knits 2.  I met Alana at Stitches West a few years ago and she is just adorable.  You can view all the new patterns of her new book here.  Look for Botanical Knits 2 available to purchase as an ebook or to pre-order in print beginning 10:00 PST, March 3.

The links!

My Ravelry project pages here, here and here
The pattern details on Ravelry, Life Cycle
Alana introduces the book, Botanical Knits 2
Rowan Silkystones available at Jannette's Rare Yarns
Spincycle Yarns, Dyed in the Wool on Etsy
My other test knit for Botanical 2, bare branches
Thank you Sylvia Gray for allowing me to photograph Life Cycle in your beautiful shop!

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  1. What a neat way to use up the Silkystones yarn! The tree makes a wonderful backdrop to your photos, too. :-)

  2. I definitely like the Salty Dog version best. Love how this scarf drapes and is shaped!


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