Project Inspiration: Christy
Slow down, spring! I cannot believe how quickly this season has been rolling by. It's been warm out there, with gorgeous sunny days, but that cold breeze makes dressing in lightweight layers a necessity. Keyword: lightweight. We do, of course, love wool. We love everything about it- from how it feels to how it smells. Nonetheless, it can be too much, especially when it's hot out. Wool is great for insulation- but not so great at letting air flow through it. So what do you do when you want to wear a natural fiber without sweltering in the sun? Cotton. Cotton saves the day!
One of the most unique cotton yarns in the shop is Calista. It's a fairly new yarn, and it didn't take Rebecca long to finish the Christy scarf using 4 skeins. Since Calista is only $10, a project of this size is still totally affordable. What makes this cotton yarn so different from all of the others is the chain construction. Cotton is known for not having the same bounce and elasticity as wool, however, Calista's chain gives the finished knitted fabrics a surprising amount of stretch and flexibility.
Christy is available within the book titled Calista (in limited supply!), or as its own individual download for $6.00. The instructions contain directions on how to make Christy a scarf with 4 skeins, or as a wrap with 8!
I really like the texture that Calista creates. The chain catches and reflects light beautifully, which helps give simple stitch patterns new life. You'll notice that the pattern even suggests not blocking the piece when you're done, so that the ridged texture doesn't flatten out.
The pattern is essentially just stockinette and reverse stockinette welts knit on the bias- which slants the ridges at an angle. It's an incredibly simple design, quickly knit on size 10 needles. You use 3 different colors to create an effortlessly modern look.
The scarf ends up approx 6½" wide and 68" long, which is a really generous size! It's definitely long enough to allow you to wear it in a few different ways. The wrap size that uses 8 skeins ends up approx 12¼" wide and 80" long.
For the scarf, you need 2 skeins of the main color, and 1 skein of each of the two contrast colors (the wrap needs 4 skeins of the main color, and 2 each of the contrast colors). For our sample, we used 2 skeins of White, 1 skein of Silver, and 1 skein of the Mushroom. I made a few other combinations to help you visualize what else you can do...