Thursday, 22 August 2013

Brickless Bandwagon

A few weeks ago one of my favourite designers Martina Behm had a deal on her patterns.  It was something like if you buy three patterns you get 25% off, or some such thing.  As I knew there were at least three patterns I wanted to buy, I thought "why not?" and bought three.  I bought, Sleeves, Vajante and Brickless.  I really thought the one I would cast on first would be Vajante and I really wanted to get Wollmeise Lace to make it.  I've never used their lace, and though it is expensive, it looks lovely.  Then I discovered that the Wollmeise store was closed for a month for their holiday.  So I decided I would make Brickless instead, especially as I'd seen such nice ones being made on the Fibre Town and Yarnivore podcasts.  So I began my search for suitable yarn.

The Brickless pattern was written using Miss Babs Yowza and I really, really wanted to use this yarn as it looks gorgeous and the colourway Look My Way, was making me drool.  Then I came to my senses and remembered the customs charge and the import tax and decided that wasn't going to happen.  So I started looking at the yarn other people had used and I discovered Malabrigo Rastita.  It's single ply of merino wool that has been slightly felted and it is an heavy DK or light worsted weight yarn, like the Miss Babs Yowza.  It has 285m/310yds per 100g skein and it looked perfect.  As it is Malabrigo, it has stunning colourways and I really was hard pressed to decide, until I finally settled on Arco Iris.  It is made up of lovely muted colours with pops of brighter yellow and green.  When the skeins came I couldn't have been happier with my choice and caked them up straight away.

Brickless 03

The yarn is soft and bouncy and has great stitch definition, but still has a soft haze.  The variegated colourway is perfect for this pattern.

Brickless 02

This pattern has ribbing, lace and garter stitch.  It's really fun because you never get bored of what you are doing, but it is simple enough to do quickly without much risk of going wrong if you are chatting.

Brickless 01

This pattern is like all Martina Behm patterns, deceptively simple, but elegant and fun.  This is going to be a quite large scarf/shawl and I intend to wear it like a scarf in the Winter, which is kind of how it was designed to be worn.  I thought it would add some extra warmth when I go out on those rare occasions in the cold weather, and I think the yarn will be very warm and so soft next to my skin.

I'm so happy I jumped on the Brickless bandwagon, I suppose there is a reason everyone seems to be knitting it!


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