Sheep-Free Knitting

We all know that I am a big fan of wool. Proper, sheepy, smelling of lanolin and with bits of straw stuck in it, wool. If there’s no sheep available, I can be talked down off the ledge with some alpaca, or even mohair or angora. But of course there are many other wondrous fibres to choose from and Christmas gifts can be the perfect time to try something new or show off something special, like silk.

I would love to be able to show you a picture of the silk Botanical cowl I knitted last year for my boyfriend’s mum but, alas, I completely failed to take any photos. Luckily there are a couple of hundred on Ravelry for you to take a look at instead.

However I can tell you that it turned out very nice, being a simple knit that creates a pretty effect, and it was perfect for the heavy silk yarn I was using. I advise heeding the pattern notes – if you knit this in wool it may curl; you need something with enough weight and drape to hold the shape.

To make up for the lack of photos, here’s a bonus pattern – the Grace Lace Beret¬†also works out very well in a silk blend yarn.

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