Chunky is definitely in season at my house. I recently became addicted to Madelinetosh ASAP and have since splurged on more than one massive box of the stuff from Jimmy Beans Wool. But really, I shouldn’t be apologizing because the stuff is amazing. The colors are perfect, and the feel of the wool is to die for. It’s merino, but feels like baby alpaca (or in other words, like clouds and marshmallows).
Since I’ve acquired this addiction (in December 2013), I’ve made a handful of cowls, a pair of gloves, a scarf, and a hat. The weight knits up fast which is very gratifying. I love everything I’ve made so far (and a number of my lucky friends love the ASAP pieces as well… ), and my favorite is the chunky snowflake cowl.
The idea for this cowl came from my favorite knitting blog, The Purl Bee. Their version is a scarf made from their amazing Super Soft Merino. If you’ve never knit with Purl Soho’s super soft merino, you really need to order some right now. The stuff is gold!
Alright, so the inspiration came from the Purl Bee’s scarf, but since I love me some cowls I had to see what I could do with combining ASAP with the snowflake pattern. It worked like a dream. I adjusted the Purl Bee pattern by a couple of inches, and made a 60 inch scarf. Then I used mattress stitch to seem the ends and turn it into an infinity scarf. This made it large enough to wrap around once, bringing the cozy stitches close to the wearer’s skin.
A quick note about the color, it’s Silver Fox. I’ve worked with silver fox in many different weights from Madelinetosh, and I love it. I’ve always used it as an accent to mellow out some of their more bold colors (like what I did with the loop scarf). But I figured that since I was making a cowl with a stitch called snowflake, then it had to be close to white, but not all the way. Silver fox gives this cowl a snow like glow complete with a sheen which makes it pop more than a simple white would. And as you can see from the collage, even Mogwai loves the cuddliness of this yarn!