Cephalopod II/ New Kits with Bead Option

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Kit A:  Woodstock + Wild Ginger
Kit A: Woodstock + Wild Ginger
Kit B: Montreux + Cove
Kit B: Montreux + Cove
Kit C: New Orleans + Velvet
Kit C: New Orleans + Velvet

We had put together kits for this great design almost a full year ago and I find myself drawn to it again and again.  And so here we present a new set of yarns that will work perfectly for the pattern and help you create a real beauty.  

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This one really sings to me!

By maylin Tri'Coterie Designs, Cephalopod is quite an unusual design, named after a most amazing group of marine animals.  The Cephalop mollusks include octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses.  And especially interesting when you relate them to this shawl, these animals can change color faster than a chameleon! They can also change texture and body shape as additonal camouflage techniques.

And here is a gorgeous shawl by Maylin that can be of oh-so-many-colors and/or textures to create very individual looks. 

The pattern itself must be purchased directly from Maylin’s Ravelry Store   What we offer here is the yarn (and possibly beads) only.

The Design

Maylin describes her piece beautifully: 

The Cephalopod Shawl is a striped crescent with the end of each stripe fanning out to resemble the webs between the arms of an octopus.

The shawl is worked side to side (or bottom up - depending on your perspective.) You can have a short striped section giving a shawl that sits comfortably on your shoulders or a long section to encompass your neck many times. The ‘webbed’ section is worked in short rows and shaped with strategic increases and decreases.

The pattern is emphasised by using a DK yarn for the ‘spines’ although it would work just as well with a contrast in colour or texture.

Instructions are given for variations in the stripes - using eyelets or Indian Cross Stitch to ring the changes.

This works fabulously with graduate, long colour change or variegated yarns teamed with a strong solid or semi solid. Unleash your inner Geek Girl and knit yourself the ultimate Steampunk accessory!

Quite striking indeed!  And it can be lengthened or shortened according to taste.  

The Yarn

The yarns we have chosen to put in kits for this beautiful design are not the same as the original piece that Maylin knit.  We show our yarns all together in the inset photo on the lower left of the top picture and again below that as individual kits. The other photos of the shawl (© maylin tricoterie designs) show the original one by Maylin and are used with her permission.  

What is required is roughly 100 grams (or about 200 yards) of a DK or light worsted weight yarn plus about 100 grams (about 460 yards) of a fingering weight.  Though note that Maylin also says that a simple change of texture from one yarn to the next will also make for quite a lovely piece. 

I really love what happens when one mixes yarn weights or types. 

So we've put together some intriguing combos of yarns and colors that we think will give a most beautiful shawl.  In each case we have paired a long-color-change yarn in a fingering weight yarn, for the webs between the spines, with a heavier yarn and/or one with a different texture.

The long-color-change yarn in each kit is Debbie Bliss' Luxury Sock, in varying colorways.  This yarn is a 75/25 blend of superwash wool/ nylon and has 437 yards(400m) of yarn per 100g ball. 

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Kit A:  The Luxury Sock in this kit is a great combination of mostly neutral colors, with long color spans.  Named Woodstock, it is the colors of the earth and the forest, the main hues running into greys and olives, with some burgundy and navy as well. 

We paired it with a really delicious yarn from The Fibre Company called Canopy Worsted. Composed of 50% baby alpaca/ 30% merino/ 20% viscose bamboo, it really has a remarkable feel to it.  There are 200 yards in each 100g skein.

 The colorway is Wild Ginger and it is a soft warm egg nog color, that highlights Woodstock beautifully.  (Unfortunately it has been discontinued but we do have a small stock.)

 This kit particularly appeals to me as the mother of three sons (and as a wife as well) as I am always looking for a mix of colors that the males of my family would wear with joy. 

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Kit B:Here we have Montreux as the Luxury Sock colorway, named after the Swiss town nestled by Lake Geneva.  The colorway has the rich greens of the forest, the dramatic purples of the mountains, the pinks and roses and yellows of the sunlit meadows.  

Our heavier solid contrast color for the spines is a DK weight yarn from Shibui called Baby Alpaca and composed of 100% baby alpaca (of course).  The change in texture will also allow this to stand out well.  Each 100g skein has 255yards (233m). 

The colorway is Cove, a rich teal that will look superb with Montreux. 

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Kit C: The colorway of the Luxury Sock here is New Orleans and this one is truly a Mardi Gras party for your needles!  Red and rose, orange and gold, violets, and greens, to just name the first colors that I see.  Gorgeous!

We paired it with another Baby Alpaca colorway, this time Velvet, a deep and rich mulberry  wine.  

The combination is very striking indeed. 

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One skein of each mentioned for each kit should give you enough yarn but if you'd feel more comfortable with two of one or both of these, let me know and I'll set you up with a special kit. 

Take a look at the Project Pages to whet your appetite and get your imagination in gear!

Beads?

No, the pattern does not use beads, as written by Maylin.  However, it looks to me as if putting some along the points at the end might be a very lovely design decision and also add some nice weight to that end. 

Thus we are offering the option of getting beads as part of the kit.  If you so choose, you will get 20 grams of size 6/0 beads (about 240).  Where and how you add them will be your choice completely.  

You can get one color of bead or a mix to mirror the yarn colors, your choice again.  Just make sure to set the drop-down menu (the one labeled "Kit") as you'd like. 

The Pattern

Please note again that the pattern is not included in this particular Kit. 

You can and should purchase it directly from Maylin’s Ravelry Store  .  

This way you will have the pattern saved in your Ravelry library and get any updates issued as well as a direct line to pattern support.  

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