Oh my goodness, this is lovely.
Chris of Ursa Major Knits comes up with some very unique designs indeed. And while Let's Tango is not terribly complex at all, it gives a marvelous look that is well worth the knitting.
We have set this up so you will be purchasing one ball of yarn at a time. You will need two in total to make this wrap. You might like two of the same colorway to knit from different sections of the color range; you might want two very different colorways to knit in contrast to each other.
Here is what Chris writes:
When I designed the Let’s Tango shawl it immediately reminded me of a bandoneon - the most significant instrument in tango music.
As with other members of the concertina family, the bandoneon is held between both hands, and pulling and pushing actions force air through bellows and then through particular reeds as selected by pressing the instrument’s buttons.
The Let’s Tango shawl resembles a bandoneon in action. Let’s Tango consists of three modules for which you will need two different yarns of the same weight.
Yarn A will be used for the “body” (i.e. Modules A + C) and Yarn B will be used for the “bellows” (i.e. Module B).... The size will be determined by the number of modules you knit. You will need more of Yarn A than of Yarn B. The yardage of Yarn B should be at least 55% of the yardage of Yarn A......
All instructions are written AND charted, enriched with ample photo tutorials on the techniques of shaping and joining the modules. This makes Let’s Tango a doable project for most knitters.
When I was emailing to Chris about the pattern she mentioned that any of the Zauberball yarns could look very very fine indeed in this design.
Take a look at this version she knit, using one skein of a Zauberball with long color runs and one of an almost-solid as its counterpoint.
We are not offering the exact yarns that she used but rather other yarns that will give a marvelous look based on the same idea. The yarns that Chris used were 100% cotton; these are not. You can see our selections in the inset photo on the upper righthand portion of the top picture on this page.
As Chris recommends the same yarn be used for both, just in different color sets, we have put together some Zauberball yarns that should be great in the design. These are being sold as one ball at a time. You will need two.
I see two ways you can do this:
1. Get two balls of the same colorway and start them at different sections of their color range as your Yarn A and B.
2. Get one ball of one and one of another and use them as Yarn A and as Yarn B.
Here is what you can select from:
1. This long-color-run yarn is Zauberball 100, 100% superwash virigin wool with 437 yards per 100 gram ball. The colorway is Fliederduft (translates in English to "lilac scented") and is a beautiful cool medley of blues and purples.
2. This one is Zauberball, 75% superwash wool/ 25% nylon, with 459 yards per 100 gram ball. The colorway is named Aldebaran, a new colorway which combines varying grays as well as rose light into dark.
(Aldebaran is the brightest star in the constellation Taurus. The word "aldebaran" is Arabic, and it means "the follower" because the star seems to follow the Hyades star cluster that forms the head of the bull).
3. Again Zauberball, this colorway is named Schatten (translates as "shadow") and goes from a white-gray into medium gray into charcoal into almost black.
(Just as a personal aside, I think this one and the Aldebaran would look great together.)
The kit will not automatically include the pattern. I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Chris via her Ravelry web page.
Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy (there are 13 pages) 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 and generally do so right before I ship your kit).
This is a most unique piece to create -- fun to knit, joyful to wear....