Special sale while supplies last! (And please note that quantities are rather limited.)
Plus!! As an extra fun thing, each kit will include some beads shaped like leaves that you can add as a special embellishment. Mind you, will will likely have to sew them on (their holes are not large enough for the yarn in these kits) but they will add a really special extra to the whole!
I've been wanting to put together a kit for Jane Thornley's Autumn Hills Capelet since I first saw it.
Jane has created a wonderful tribute to Autumn!
Get the pattern directly from her on her Ravelry page here.
Here is what Jane writes:
Here is an excellent season topper which can be worn multiple ways and designed to evoke the autumn hills. Imagined autumn hills with birch stands waxing brilliant in the sunshine, plus lots of brown for trunks and plenty of golds and rusts for the turning leaves.
I decided to design it like an impressionistic painting with short rows and drop-stitches emulating trunks and branches and those rolling hills. Raised garter stitches anchors the view, and the addition of seed stitch provides the leafy surface.
The caplet is knit from the bottom up and worked flat until finishing, with decreases narrowing the piece at approximately mid-arm to the neckline. It is then joined at the upper shoulder but remains open from the the upper elbow down. It is then picked up and knit around the neck opening with circular needles and a picot edging added. A lace saw-tooth edging is attached to the bottom during finishing.
What one needs is roughly 500 yards of DK weight yarn to make the size as seen here -- extra yarn means you can make it longer, if you so desire. Jane notes that thicker yarns can be used particularly for the raised garter borders.
Jane suggests a combination of solids and variegated yarns. Note that the border is knit separately and added at the end so for that you will need about 250 yards of one yarn. The other yarns all need only small amounts, between 30 and 50 yards each.
Here is what we have put together.
Kit A is a mix of very Autumnal colors.
For Yarns 1 and 2 here, we have two worsted weight yarns in this set, both from Lorna's Laces, their Shepherd Worsted, with 100% superwash merino/ 225 yards/ 4 ounce skein. One colorway is a deep dark Chocolate (a solid colorway) and the other is a glorious variegated with golds and cream and brown speckles, called Paris.
Yarns 3 and 4 are both from Noro, the Silk Garden Sock Yarn, of 40% wool/ 25% silk/ 25% nylon/ 10% mohair and about 330 yards/ 100g skein. This yarn easily knits as a DK weight yarn. One colorway is of the Solo color range, almost-solids with a lovely tweeded effect, this one being a dark coffee color (#6). The second is a multi-color with the loooooong color runs Noro is famous for. This one includes black, chocolate, coffee, deep red, orange, amber, and gold (color #349).
Yarn 5 is a novelty yarn called Aria from Crystal Palace, that knits up to a DK or a worsted weight. Made up of 38% rayon/ 35% wool/ 18% polyester/ 9% nylon, and 134 yards/ 50 g. This colorway was named Delilah. It has changing textures and colors ranging from bumpy to ribbon and including chocolate, browns, gold, amber and red-orange.
Your total yardage in Kit A would be 1,249 yards, well more than you will need to make a really beautiful piece here.
Kit B blends Autumn tones with some cooler hues as well (think of it as for those of us who love the season but cannot wear the colors too well). A couple of these yarns are a bit lighter in weight but should be fine as you will have lots of extra yardage to play with.
Yarn 1 is again Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted, this time in the solid colorway called Pine, a rich medium green.
Yarn 2 is again Noro's Silk Garden Sock, a colorway #360 which includes browns of varying intensities, golds, a bit of orange and then also some colors of the woods and the sky and lakes with blues, teals and greens.
Yarn 3 is Ella Rae Lace Merino DK, 302 yards/ 100g of 100% superwash merino, in a tonal colorway that blends pale to dark teals.
Yarn 4 is from Juniper Moon, their Findley DK and 50% extrafie merino/ 50% silk blend with 131 yards/ 50g. This colorway is called Mermaid, a lovely vibrant blue teal.
Yarn 5 is from Mrs Crosby, the sport weight Satchel with 370 yards/ 100g. The colorway is A New Leaf and picks up on some of the few bright spots of green in the Noro. It is a tonal blend of greens, ranging from spring green into a lighter evergreen and lots of nuances in between.
Your total yardage with Kit B is 1,353 yards.