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Project Inspiration: Zuzu's Petals

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     You know it's a good pattern when you knit a few of them over the span of just 2 weeks. Perhaps you recognize the design? Zuzu's Petals has been a popular choice on Ravelry since it was published in 2012. Laura recently knit the lacy cowl in two different yarns- and the results are stunning, but they couldn't be any more different from each other! I knew I had to share....

Zuzu's Petals is available to download for $5.00. Our first sample is shown in 1 skein of the hand dyed superwash yarn Baby, in the colorway 'Chinatown Apple' ($24). The second sample is shown with 1 skein of the yarn Venice in gold ($20).

     Baby is a lace weight, and to achieve gauge- Laura knit with Baby double stranded from the same skein of yarn (by using the inside and outside ends of the ball). She used size 7 needles, and that allowed her to match the "large gauge" discussed in the pattern

     If you order Baby for Zuzu's Petals, let us know if you would like us to wind your skein into a cake for you! That way you have easy access to both yarn ends and you can get straight to knitting. Just mention it in the 'special instructions' before you click checkout!

     I love how easy to wear Zuzu's Petals is. It's like a lace shawl, only smaller, more convenient, and since it's a cowl you won't be fussing with keeping it on all day. It's a surprisingly quick knit, and looks great on everyone! 

     The gold Venice version of Zuzu's Petals, also knit with size 7 needles, has not been blocked. You can see the big difference between the blocked and unblocked version of this pattern, but both still look good! Since Venice's texture changes so frequently, the lace pattern takes a back seat and the yarn really shows off what it can do. 

     One thing to note is that every skein and colorway of Venice is unique. This yarn was hand-tied, so the textures you see in one colorway will not necessarily be the same as another. The knots within this yarn can be ignored and included as part of the cowl's texture, or snipped out and the ends later woven in. 

     Since you only need 1 skein of either Baby or Venice for Zuzu's Petals, you can just reach for the colorway that speaks to you the most! If you are more interested in the intricate stitch design, start with Baby. If you love the color and texture changes, start browsing Venice- two brand new colors just arrived yesterday!

What do you think? Which version is more 'you'? Let us know, and keep us updated on your progress here, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Ello!


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  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): November 11, 2016

    Hi Margaret! The Baby version is the solid color, and it is blocked. The Venice version in gold has not been blocked yet. The pattern is available to download for $5- as stated in the blog post above. Scroll up and you’ll find links within the text!

  • Margaret A Reinke: November 11, 2016

    Beautiful design. I prefer the solid colour version as of now.
    However after blocking the detail may be more apparent in the “Baby”.
    What is the cost of the pattern?

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