High Seas (or Easy Seas)/ Kit with Pura Kid Mohair Silk

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Black
Black
Plum Frost
Plum Frost
Heron
Heron
Ruby Spice
Ruby Spice
Silver Grey
Silver Grey
This is Easy Seas, as knit by Kieran.
This is Easy Seas, as knit by Kieran.
This is High Seas, also as knit by Kieran
This is High Seas, also as knit by Kieran
And Easy Seas close-up.
And Easy Seas close-up.
A detail of High Seas.
A detail of High Seas.

This is quite a striking stole.  

By  Kieran Foley, High Seas is an advanced lace project that is simply stunning, while Easy Seas is a simpler project that looks awesome as well. 

Requiring either two or three skeins of the yarn offered here (more details below), this web page offers the skeins themselves, the base price listed on this web page (right under the first photo) being for one skein of Pura Kid Mohair Silk.  You will need to get at least two skeins, possibly three depending on which design you choose. 

Read on for more data. 

The Design

Here is what Kieran has to say about High Seas

This charted pattern combines 3 variations of one lace motif to create an asymmetrical parallelogram of dramatic waves. The chart is 40 rows and the shawl is 120 stitches wide. It’s an advanced project - be prepared to p2tog tbl.

This sample was knit on 3.5mm/US4 needles using 3.5 balls (approx. 800yds/730m) of Rowan Kidsilk Haze 632 Hurricane. 
Dimensions of finished shawl: a parallelogram 68in/172cm by 22in/56cm. The short ends flare out to 24in/61cm.

Along with the original version of the pattern the pdf also includes two additional versions of the pattern: a mirrored version, and a mirrored version with plain WS rows, both of which are a little bit less challenging than the original. 
The mirrored version with plain WS rows was test knit by winterstitch.

The pdf includes three charts and short written instructions for each chart.

The charted version can be gotten via Kieran's Ravelry page here

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There is also a non-charted (written) version.  Kieran writes,  This is a new written version of High Seas, a sweeping asymmetrical parallelogram of dramatic waves....

The written pattern pdf contains just one version of High Seas: the slightly easier mirrored version with right-leaning decreases on RS rows and p2tog’s on WS rows.

For the written version of High Seas see here.

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And here is what he says about Easy Seas

High Seas made on bigger needles, with plain WS rows.

The pattern combines 2 variations of a sweeping asymmetrical wave motif to dramatic effect. 
There are 2 versions of this pattern, 2010...has lots of left-leaning decreases and 2015... has lots of right-leaning decreases.

To get this simpler version, go to this Rav page: Easy Seas.

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The Yarn

Our yarn is not quite the same as what Kieran used in his original.  

As you read above, Kieran used 3.5 balls (about 800 yards) of Rowan's KidSilk Mohair for High Seas.  That yarn is a 70% Mohair/ 30% Silk with 229 yards (209m) per 25 grams. 

If you opt for Easy Seas, then only about 670 yards are needed. 

What do we have for these kits? 

We have brought in from Pura Bella  their own Pura Kid Mohair Silk. The fiber content is 60% kid mohair/ 40% silk with 340 yards per 25 grams.  

Its gauge is virtually the same as Rowan's yarn and we have found it can be used interchangeably with ease. 

And the feel?  Ooooh la la, this is simply delicious.  

So as the yardage is greater, if you get three skeins that will give you well more than enough to do the wrap as large as Kieran's original High Seas (3 x 340 = 1,020 yards).  Alternatively, if you wish, two skeins will be plenty for Easy Seas.  

Again, I want to be clear:The base price listed on this web page (right under the first photo) is for one skein of Pura Kid Mohair Silk.  You will need to get at least two skeins, possibly three depending on which design you choose. 

The Colorways

You can choose among the following solid colors: 

1. Black:  just what it sounds like, deep and dark and dramatic. 

2.  Plum Frost:  a deep and cool purple. 

3.  Ruby Spice:  a dark true red.

4.  Heron:  a lovely medium blue, very slightly greyed

5.  Silver Grey:  a wonderful light and glowing grey.

Please note that supplies of most of these colors are quite limited.

You can see these in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.  The other photos are of Kieran's original pieces and are there to show you the design. 

Beads?

Quite a few knitters added beads to their projects.  Your kit will not automatically include beads but if you would like to include some and would like some color suggestions, simply contact us.  Because of the fuzzy aspect of the yarn, I'd recommend size 6/0 beads for this.  

The Pattern

Here are those links again for Ravelry pages to go to for the pattern:

The charted version can be gotten via Kieran's Ravelry page here

The written version can be gotten via Kieran's Ravelry page here

And the simpler version can be found via Kieran's Ravelry page here

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