I’m excited to be part of another collection with Louet North America! Gems is one of my favorite yarns. It’s a washable, durable, merino wool that almost has the feel of cotton. This is because of the way it’s plied and spun. It’s perfect for all those people who claim “wool is just too itchy!”. As knitters I’m sure you’ve known, and rolled your eyes at, a few people who say this just as I have. Now there IS itchy wool, I won’t argue that, but that does not mean all wool is itchy. Let’s face it, the acrylic yarn at the craft store it itchier than any merino I’ve ever felt.
I designed Nerine, a simple lightweight shawl/scarf with three skeins of Gems Fingering. I designed it between a slew of rather complicated sweater designs, and I want a fun and easy project that could serve as a palette cleanser, but would still be easy to incorporate as a wardrobe staple. For me, Nerine is just that! The shawl is worked from the top down in garter stitch, and shaped with short rows. Because it’s in garter stitch you don’t have to do any wraps and turns, and then a lovely simple lace edging finishes it off. The shawl is wide and shallow, so you can easily wear it as a scarf (my preferred style), or wrap it around your shoulders like a shawl.
You can get the Nerine shawl on Ravelry. I’m also really excited that Louet has offered a giveaway of a Nerine Kit! One lucky winner will receive the pattern and 3 skeins of Gems Fingering in the color of their choice to knit their very own Nerine! To enter leave a comment on this post. I know people usually like to have you answer a question–but today I’m going to say just try to write something funny! I’ll pick my favorite funny answer on Friday the 13th.
You can join the Louet Spring 2015 KAL in the Louet Ravelry Group. They have a ton of great giveaways and you can knit any of the patterns from the Spring collection!