I simply couldn't resist this one.
And if you are sitting here scratching your head and wondering what this is about then I highly (highly!) recommend going to Netflix and watching Season One of their Stranger Things. Absolutely superb.
For those of us already captivated, Mary Annarella of Lyrical Knits has created a wonderful wonderful design.
Please note that we are not carrying the pattern -- you must get that from the designer herself via her Ravelry web page. What we offer here is a wonderful kit to knit it in.
Stranger Things are about to be on your needles…Make one for yourself, or for your favorite fan of the show.
Knit entirely in the round, the outer colorwork pattern is worked first, and features an alphabet lined up with a string of Christmas lights. The chart for the inner portion of the cowl inverts the MC and CC for what becomes the Upside Down version of the same alphabet design.
Use duplicate stitch with scraps of brightly colored yarn to light up whichever letters you choose. Have fun--and Run!
The cowl is written to be knit stranded and as such is not a simple knit.
(Alternatively, just as a thought, I would think one could use the chart and the double-knitting technique and get a similar look. The alphabet would be mirror-image instead of upside down.)
We have different fingering weight yarn than what Mary used in her original. We put together two color combos we like for the cowl itself.
What is needed is approximately 290 yards each of the MC and the CC in fingering weight yarn. Mary used a light grey and a dark grey. You can see what we offer in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.
Canopy Fingering is a delcious 50% baby alpaca/ 30% meri;no/ 20% viscose bamboo with 200 yards per 50g skein.
We put together two colorways and your kit will include two skeins of each color to give 400 yards of each. .
The first for each pair is called Obsidian and is a very deep charcoal almost-solid, not-quite-black, with a faint tweedy look to it.
1. You might choose River Dolphin, a medium grey and I swear that in some lights I see very subtle pinks and lilacs, sort of a suggestion of iridescence. (Sorry, sold out)
2. Alternatively, Cloud Forest is a lighter and brighter grey, and more of a contrast with the Obsidian.
The design calls for periodic duplicate stitching for coloring in some of the Christmas lights. This kit will not include any scraps of colored yarn to do this with.
One could simply place colored beads in appropriate places and that is an option we have added to the drop-down menu.
If you choose beads you will get 20 grams (+ or -) or roughly 240 size 6/0 beads in bright rainbow colors to add to the cowl where you would like to emphasize the light.