Black Tie Affair

Black Tie Affair

Black Tie Affair

By John-Michael and Jennifer Runyan
with Liz Jarman

Liz came up with a fantastic new line of yarn on her a luxury merino/silk base that was so gorgeous and drapey it just begged to be worked up into a wrap. The richness of this new line from Colorful Eclectic made us think of elegant gowns and formal wear. This stunning two color, multi element wrap was born to be the perfect companion and accent to any formal event!

The motifs in this wrap are reminiscent of those found in a formal ballrooms and it beautifully shows off Colorful Eclectic’s new merino/silk color ways.

Finished Size:
2 skeins of Colorful Eclectic’s Ecstasy sock made a wrap 60” x 15.5” aggressively blocked.

Gauge: 24 sts. x 32 rows in 4” x 4” (10 cm) knit in stockinette, flat and unblocked on size 4 (3.5mm) needles.
Note: This wrap used almost all of the contrast color.

Materials Needed/Used
Needles: Size US 4 (3.5 mm) and Size US 3 (3.25 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge, and appropriate cable needle. 
Yarn: 2 skeins of different colors Colorful Eclectic Ecstasy sock (50% merino, 50% silk) 438 yds. 100g and smooth waste yarn for provisional cast on. If you want a single color shawl you can use two skeins of the same color. 
Misc./Optional: stitch markers, blocking wires and T-pins.

With only a couple of rows excepted, this pattern is fully charted.

 

 

 

 

Ballerina Bliss Cowl

This cowl is a companion to my Ballerina Bliss Cuffs and is designed to keep a
ballerina’s, or a wishful ballerina’s, neck warm and cozy. One of the neat things about this design is it is totally reversible so you can wear it which ever way you like it best!

Finished Size:
1 skein of Colorful Eclectic’s Delight DK made one cowl approximately 6” x 9” measured flat, unblocked and unstretched. This cowl is very stretchy!

Gauge: 24 sts x 36 rows = 4” x 4” (10 cm) in 2 x 1 rib unblocked and unstretched.
Note: You have some wiggle room with gauge.

Materials Needed/Used
Needles: Size US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge. 
Yarn: Colorful
Eclectic Delight DK (DK weight 246 yards/224.94
meters per 100 g skein). Color used for the cowl shown is {Keep Calm and Be a Ballerina}.
Notions: Locking stitch markers. Darning needle.

 
Ballerina Bliss Cuffs

Another new one:  Ballerina Bliss Cuffs

When I was young I dreamed of being a dancer. And like so many little girls, I wanted to be a graceful ballerina. However, I got to take piano lessons instead. I still longed for dancing…

Nowadays, I am taking ballroom dance lessons but there is still a part of me that longs to be that graceful ballerina. That is why when I saw Colorful Eclectic’s colorway {Keep Calm and Be a Ballerina} I knew I had to create some beautiful accessories with this gorgeous yarn!

These cuffs are designed to keep a ballerina’s, or a wishful ballerina’s, arms and hands warm while not encumbering hands and fingers. One of the neat things about this design is it is totally reversible so you can wear it which ever way you like it best!

Finished Size:
1 skein of Colorful Eclectic’s Delight DK made two cuffs approximately 3 3/4” x 9” each measured flat, unblocked and unstretched. These cuffs are very stretchy!

 

 

 

This pattern is available on Ravelry at: Black Raspberry Cowl

The motifs in this cowl remind me of picking raspberries when I was young.  Every chance I got, I climbed the small fence to wade through the bushes searching for the juicy berries while avoiding thorns! 

This cowl has a lot of visual interest.  The stitch looks complicated but is quite easy to work.  It looks like raspberries and it beautifully shows off Colorful Eclectic’s gorgeous {Black Raspberry} colorway.

Finished Size: 
1 skein of Colorful Eclectic’s Delight DK made a 22” x 10” cowl unblocked and 25.5” x 11” cowl lightly blocked. 

Gauge:  20 sts. x 28 rows in 4” x 4” (10 cm) knit in stockinette, in the round and unblocked. 

Note: This is not a tightly fitted garment, so you have some wiggle room with gauge.  However, please make sure you have enough yarn to complete your project and that your cowl will go over your head! 


This is a sampler scarf designed to help someone learn or expand lace knitting skills. There are no charts in this pattern. The instructions are fairly detailed. The pattern is appropriate for an adventurous beginner or beyond. Very experienced lace knitters may still enjoy the variety of this scarf and may not need all the detailed instructions but should pay attention to the transition sections for stitch count changes

 

Learning Lace:  A Sampler Scarf

Learning Lace:  A Sampler Scarf

This pattern is available on Ravelry at: Learning Lace:  A Sampler Scarf


Fisherman's Rib Cowl

Fisherman's Rib Cowl

This pattern is free until May 1, 2017.

This is a very simple and highly adjustable cowl. Depending on your yarn weight, needle size and how many stitches you cast on, you will get different results.

Directions are given for one method with variations included.

Cowl is worked over an odd number of stitches, using 1-2 skeins of Malabrigo Rasta and the Fisherman’s Rib stitch.

A photo tutorial is included with the written instructions.