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The Paulina Cowl

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     I'm not the type to get wrapped up in New Year's resolutions- but this year there is one small knitting goal I want to achieve.... I want to knit at least 1 garment for myself with each of the Amano Yarns. I fell in love with their luxurious line of alpaca blends last year when I knit a shawl with Puna, and a hat with Warmi... But now I've got my eyes set on the buttery soft Mayu!

     Mayu is a slinky Royal Alpaca, Cashmere, and Silk blend- and each skein was dip-dyed by hand with techniques that imitate the traditional methods that have been used for dyeing fiber in the Andes for hundreds of years.

     The Paulina Cowl is the perfect design to show off what Mayu can do. The Brioche Stitch emphasizes the yarn's supreme softness, and the lace section breaks up the monotony with an incredible display of Mayu's crisp stitch definition. 

     The Paulina Cowl pattern is $6. It uses 2 skeins of Mayu, which are $28 each.

The Paulina Cowl sample in the photos was made with the colorway Yellow Grass.

     Mayu's tonal colorways are subtle, but add so much texture and sophistication! I absolutely love how the colors make this yarn appear so fluid, rich, and deep. It fits, because Mayu means River in the language native to the Incas.

     If you've never knit Brioche before- this cowl may be a nice small project to begin with! Our advice is to always use a lifeline. This particular stitch pattern can make it challenging to correct mistakes made a few rows back. 

     The Paulina Cowl is written using a provisional cast on and a 3 needle bind off to create the loop with a very minimal seam. These are fairly simple techniques and we recommend you at least try them! We're always here for support. However, if it seems like a bit too much for you- just omit that and use whatever seaming method you're more comfortable with. 

What do you think? Is there a certain colorway of Mayu calling to you? Are you interested in trying Brioche for the first time? Let us know what you think! Keep in touch with us here, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Ello!

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  • Kate Brougham: January 08, 2017

    I just bought some hand dyed yarn in various browns and I will try this.

  • jill davey: January 06, 2017

    I love it pattern?

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