While I work on some secret knitting, I’ll be going back through the archives to write about my favorite knits from the past couple of years.
I test-knitted the Moody Kerchief by Kirsten Kapur of Through The Loops. It’s a semi-circular shawl with a lace panel and a contrasting border for extra visual and knitting interest. Bands of garter stitch add texture and help the shawlette lay flat (such a practical design feature!). Because the pattern is written for worsted weight yarn, it’s a very fast knit that’s a very wearable accessory.
The yarn is Border Leicester from Meadowbrook Farm, a vendor at Rhinebeck. Border Leicester is a longwool with a beautiful luster, but it isn’t really soft enough for next-to-the-skin wear. I tend to wear this shawlette over my winter coat, so the coarseness of the fiber doesn’t bother me at all. The sheen and rich, glowing colors are more than worth it, at any rate.
The pattern for the Moody Kerchief is available on Ravelry.