Alquemie: Kits with Bead Option

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Polar Morn
Polar Morn
Bobby Blue
Bobby Blue
Water Green
Water Green
Dee's original
Dee's original

We just had to bring back kits for this beautiful design!


Another set of kits for this great piece by Dee O'Keefe. I think this cowl is just lovely -- a wonderful knit that will keep your interest and make whoever is the joyful wearer most pleased.

The Design

Here is how Dee describes Alquemie:

Alquemie is the medieval French spelling of alchemy—the seemingly magical process of transformation or creation.

The stitch patterns of both the scalloped border and the eyelet lace body are completely reversible, allowing the cowl to transform into many different looks depending on how you choose to drape it around the neck and which side you decide is “up.”

The main section evokes a sea of interlocking rings on one side while magically appearing as a traditional basketweave stitch on the other, so it can look like a completely different cowl from one day to the next!

And the border may be positioned to display the pretty textured scallops along the top or bottom edge for a feminine, dressy look, or may be folded under and hidden for a more casual look.

Although Alquemie may be worn doubled for added warmth, the contrasting stitch patterns and the lovely peaks and valleys of the border will show to the best advantage when worn as an infinity scarf in a single loop.

The size of that loop is completely up to you, as the circumference is easy to customize by casting on more or fewer stitches, by using a different yarn weight, or both. The width may also be easily adjusted. Full instructions are provided, including how to calculate the number of cast-on stitches for any size.

Yarn and Colorways

The yarn we have for this kit is not the same yarn that Dee used (she went with Hazel Knits Lively DK, a 90/10 Merino/Nylon blend). You can see what we offer in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.

Dee recommends approximately 390 to 420 yards of DK weight yarn but notes that yardage will vary based on individual knitting style, needle size and the yarn weight itself.

Our yarn is a really wonderful new one from Malabrigo called Susurro.  This is a DK/Sport weight with 325 yards (297m) per 100g and made up of 50% mulberry silk/ 25% merino wool/ 25% linen. 

The silk plus the linen both give it a marvelous sheen.  Any stiffness you feel in the skein from the linen (and it is very slight) will disappear with the first washing and the yarn get softer and softer as it is worn. 

We have three colorways you can choose among, each being an almost-solid.  The label on the yarn points out that, "Linen cannot take on dye like Silk and Meriono does, resulting in an emazing depth of color that gives the yarn an almost metallic sheen."

1.  Polar Morn in this yarn looks like a true silver, really.  :-)

2. Bobby Blue is a lovely Capri blue, reminiscent of the Caribbean ocean with small whitecaps on the waves perhaps. 

3. Water Green is what I 'd describe as a cool sea green -- or maybe a delicious mint.  It really glows.


Our kits will include two skeins so you will have a total of 650 yards, well more than is needed.



No, Dee did not put beads in this design though to my eye she certainly could have.

So we are giving you that option, if you so choose, via the drop-down menu labeled "Kits."  Your kit will include a 20g container of a larger size bead, either 5/0 triangles or 4x4 cubes, selected to work well with the yarn color you chose. 

The Pattern

Note that the Alquemie pattern includes both charts and full written out instructions for those of you prefer not to use charts.

Note also that the kit does not automatically include the pattern, nor has the pattern cost been added to it.

I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Dee via her Ravelry web page. In this case, make sure that the drop-down menu is set to "No Pattern Needed."

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that.

We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you --- I will do it right before I ship your kit).