It looks like we are actually not escaping winter in Southern Germany at this moment. We are expecting sub-zero temperatures and they will stay below zero for the next days. Time to flick through Winterscapes, a booklet from Rowan Yarns, showing 12 designs by Sarah Hatton using Rowan Alpaca Merino DK.
Alpaca Merino DK is a chainette yarn blended together with alpaca, wool and to add strength a little bit of nylon. It is a lightweight yarn and has the same meterage/yardage as a 4ply yarn! Available in 10 shades Rowan Alpaca Merino DK comes in balls of 25g.
Sarah Hatton uses different techniques in this booklet to create the most beautiful and wearable garments. Easy colourwork, textured patterns and cables are showing the versatility of Alpaca Merino DK.
Let’s have a look.
A tiny echo of the fair-isle pattern on front and back is visible on the sleeves of this boat neck pullover. The main colour 106 Ragdale is highlighted with shade 101 Saxon.
Both items, hat and cowl are using only 2 balls of yarn and are knitted in the round. Wheatland is showing a textured pattern. The hat is shown here in shade 101 Saxon, the hat in shade 104 Frisby.
This design is worked completely in the round. After knitting the sleeves (in the round) you are working the body (in the round) until the armholes. Then you join all pieces together and work the yoke (in the round) until you finish the sweater as you started it with a corrugated rib. A tree-of-life pattern is shown on the yoke and it is knitted in fair-isle technique. The main shade shown here is 105 Hoby and it is accompanied by shade 100 Medbourne.
This design is showing raglan sleeves and a traveling cable pattern on both front and back. A deep rib-pattern is shown on the side, whereas the sleeves are knitted in stockinette stitch. The neck collar is knitted in two pieces. The cable trim is knitted first, then the stitches for the neck-band are picked up and the neck-band is knitted in a rib pattern. Afterwards you sew the cable trim to the neck edge of body and sleeves. Shown here in shade 101 Saxon.
Both Wedenshaw hat and scarf are knitted in stockinette stitch, starting (and ending on the scarf) with a rib pattern. The design is showing a stripe pattern, which is repeated throughout. Shown here in shades 110 Hambleton and 102 Oakham.
The main section of front and back of Rhodeswood is worked in stockinette stitch using shade 108 Uppingham. After knitting the wide hem in a rib pattern in shade 110 Hambleton separately, both pieces are joined using a three-needle-bind-off to forming a ridge. The same method is used for joining front and back on the shoulders. The sleeves are knitted in a rib pattern and sewn to the main section. The stitches for the collar are picked up from the neck edge and is knitted in the round.
Langsett is a tunic length sweater showing a textured pattern on the side seams. It has a boat-neck collar and set-in sleeves. Shown here in shade 107 Belvoir.
The body of this cardigan is knitted in one piece until the armholes. The sleeves, which are knitted in the round are joined to the body and then the yoke is knitted showing a lovely slip-stitch pattern, which is also shown on the bottom borders of body and sleeves. The main shade here is 108 Uppingham, the contrasting shade 107 Belvoir.
Padfield is a v-neck cardigan with a wide hem. All edges are finished with garter stitch rows. The front-band is knitted in one piece, body and sleeves are knitted in stockinette stitch. Shown here in shade 111 Stamford.
Longdendale is a womans tank top showing an all-over cable pattern. This design is featuring a round neck and could be easily adapted for a man. Shown here in shade 102 Oakham.
Front and back of Crowden are showing three different cable patterns, but the shallow set-in sleeves are knitted in stockinette stitch. Crowden is shown here in shade 108 Uppingham.
This design is showing columns of cables, which are extended to the grown-on sleeves. The v-neck is surrounded by a sumptuous shawl collar.