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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Twister Done!

Believe it or not, my Twister is finished! It's perfect, and it really fit the bill for my special treat project. Of course, it ended up gifting itself to a dear friend, but it is still wonderful.

I used
Cascade Venezia Worsted, a luscious silk and merino blend in this fabulous eggplant color. I followed the pattern pretty closely, aside from a few mistakes/design elements. The piece ended up pretty long as written, about 75" around and about 7" wide. The photo shows it wound three times, and it is nice and cozy that way. I used the US9 called for in the pattern, but in hindsight, I should have used US8 with this yarn to tighten it up a bit. It's almost too drapey as it is.

The pattern would be perfect in any worsted weight yarn, and about half of the yarn at Close Knit fits in that category. You'll need about 300-325 yards of yarn and whatever size needle gives you the fabric you like.
One of our knitters picked up some Manos del Uruguay Rittenhouse Merino 5-ply to make this, and another Raveler used Manos del Uruguay Maxima. It would be fabulous in Belle Organic Aran from Rowan and Amy Butler, and three skeins should be enough. Of course, the Spud & Chloe Sweater called for in the pattern is pretty hard to beat, too, and we are expecting a shipment from Spud & Chloe and Blue Sky Alpacas soon.

The knitting was so blissfully mindless, and the finished project is so perfect, I'll just have to make several!

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