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Project Inspiration: The Dutch Cowl

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     We appreciate the finer things in life, especially when it comes to our fiber arts. If you spend countless hours working on a single project, why wouldn't you want to use high quality materials? Think about it- you want to love the finished product, but you also want to love the whole process of creating it. When you use yarn that makes you go "ooooh" every time you touch it, your experience is likely to be much more enjoyable than working with a cheaply made synthetic yarn that feels like sandpaper.

     So, you ask, 'what's the complete opposite of that nasty plastic sandpaper yarn'? There are a few answers to that, however my answer is cashmere. Specifically, the 2-Ply Mongolian Cashmere from Jade Sapphire. Oh, the luxury! 

     This 2-Ply is, indeed, 100% Mongolian Cashmere- which many consider to be the world's finest type of cashmere. Since cashmere yarn is actually made from the fine hairs from the goat's undercoat, the fiber is very lightweight, very insulating, and much softer than wool. Not only does this fiber feel great, but obviously it also takes dye beautifully. Each skein of this yarn was hand dyed by the artists of Jade Sapphire, and each colorway is incredibly vibrant and rich. We just welcomed in 21 colors of this 2-Ply to the shop, and they are all so gorgeous it's difficult to choose just one favorite. Luckily the Dutch Cowl pattern lets you pick two colors- which I tend to find much easier to do rather than trying to narrow my choices down to one. (I know not everyone has the easiest time pairing colors, so keep reading- I made a few matches to help spark your creativity!)

     The Dutch Cowl's slip stitch pattern basically blends the two colors together, which is a lovely effect. This blending works best when the colors you choose are more similar to each other than colors that have a high level of contrast. Picking contrasting colors would still result in a beautiful cowl, however, if you want the subtlety of the cowl we made- select shades that are closer together. Our Dutch Cowl was knit up using the colorways Bougainvillea and Cousin Coral. You only need 1 skein of each color to complete this cozy cashmere dream!

      As I mentioned before, I put together a few examples of colorways that would work beautifully together. From left to right and top to bottom, the combinations I fell in love with were (1) Green TeaVerdigris, (2) Seeing Red & Ruby Slippers, (3) You Say Tomato & The Blood Orange, and (4) Mallard & Jade Sapphire

     The Dutch Cowl pattern is not available for you to download, however, when you order your two skeins of the 2-Ply Mongolian Cashmere, we will include a copy of the Dutch Cowl pattern in your shipment for free. 

     Have you ever worked with cashmere? What is your favorite natural fiber to work with? Please share in the comments below, we'd love to hear from you!

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2 Comments

  • Virginia: July 21, 2015

    Hi Jan,

    Thunderstorm and Tornado seem like they would work beautifully together! I know someone else is working on that same combination, and I am excited to see how it turns out.

    -Virginia

  • Jan Ramsey: July 17, 2015

    What about Thunderstorm and Tornado together?

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