Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Kashmir and Flower Basket

Dale of Norway has  a retail line of sweaters and outerwear as well as patterns and yarns for those of us who prefer to knit our own.  The pattern lines for adults are updated with regard to style and color, but still often reflect the heritage of stranded, multicolor knitting.

My favorite Dale sweater that I have done is Kashmir, from Tiur, 60% mohair and 40% new wool, 5 ply sport weight:


I love the original colorway clash of the purple, orange, red, with a little tipping of green on cuffs and neckline.  The pattern is Dale of Norway, book 6030.  It made a lovely fabric that is extremely warm but has some drape.  It's a little itchy next to the skin, so I usually wear a turtleneck with it.  I added some beads around the collar of the sweater. The sweater actually has a matching lace scarf also, which I have not been able to get the edges to lie flat despite several blockings.  But of course I added beads on the end of that too, which weigh it down:

The mohair gives the Tiur some shine and it looks great in this stranded pattern, which to me is  of course reminiscent of an oriental carpet, in a damask print sort of way.

I had a fair amount of Tiur left over.  So, I went on to my favorite shawl pattern at the time, what else but Flower Basket?  After confusing myself in my post on Flower Basket Shawl, I've given up on numbering them.    I added small beads at the border, and I think I ran out of yarn so the points did not come out in the blocking.

I was really pleased with how the Tiur knitted up so well for two very different types of knitting.  The halo of the yarn made it nice for colorwork, but the mohair also has a crisp quality which lends itself well to lace.

This is my favorite Flower Basket, in the draped-over-the-Ashford view:

Here's the bathroom mirror view (yes I have mermaids in the bathroom):

And here's through the sunlight window view:

1 comment:

  1. Your sweater is gorgeous. And I think it is very interesting to see the three colors separated in the shawl. To choose a beautiful color is easy, however when they are put together in a pattern like this, it becomes a piece of art.