When the new colors of Lana Vida’s beautiful Hannah yarn arrived this fall, I planned on making another Climb and Swirl Cowl. I designed the cowl last year as a quick knit to stave off the suddenly cold weather. It’s made with just one skein of Hannah, which is a luxurious blend of baby alpaca, fine merino wool, and cashmere, so it makes a fun knit and a great gift.
By the time I was ready to cast on for the new cowl, Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze had arrived. I’m a huge mohair fan; it takes dye brilliantly and has a soft fuzzy halo. I love putting a strand of mohair with other yarns. It adds depth to the color and, of course, makes it softer. Combining Hannah and Kidsilk Haze gives you a fabric made of baby alpaca, fine merino, cashmere, super kid mohair, and silk – in other words – fantastic luxury!
So with one strand of Hannah yarn in the color Forsythia and one strand of Kidsilk Haze in the color Ember, I cast on and knit the Climb and Swirl Cowl, Deluxe version. The only thing I changed from the original free cowl pattern was using a size 11 needle. The result is a soft fabric with beautiful drape. I wish I could send a swatch to you through the internet.
There are lots of fabulous combinations of these two yarns. Here are a few I think would look great.
one size – 14 inches tall, 23 inches in circumference
Holding a strand of each yarn together, CO 75 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.
K2, p2 until piece measures almost 14 inches. BO in pattern. Weave in ends.
For this pattern, it’s better not to mark the beg of the round. Just repeat the stitch pattern until you’re ready to bind off.