Malabrigo Quickie Carrasco Cowl and Mitts by Katy H Carroll
It is heading into a transitional weather season regardless of which hemisphere you live in (unless you live in the tropics lol) and two of the best transitional pieces you can knit are cowls and fingerless mitts. For this month's Quickie we had the designer Katy H Carroll focus her considerable talents on crafting matching pieces that make the most of our sport weight Arroyo. Introducing the Carrasco Cowl and Mitts!
Here are some thoughts from the designer in her own words:
Believe it or not, it was an online friend’s reference to Malabrigo Yarn about 15 years that eventually led me to teach myself to knit. She had referred to Malabrigo Worsted on her MySpace page as “softer than baby kittens”, which caused me to look up the company website to see what she was talking about. The colorways were enticing, and I wanted to know how to work with this marvelous material.
To date, my knitting patterns have leaned more traditionally feminine, and so I was excited for the opportunity to design something with a unisex appeal. I settled on this checkerboard pattern, as I knew the knits, purls, and slipped stitches would break up any pooling and also create a fabric with some dimension. I was pleased to see how well the easily memorized stitch pattern worked for both the subdued Piedras and the brighter Diana. The name “Carrasco” comes from a barrio in Montevideo, Uruguay, the home of Malabrigo Yarn – it was fun to discover that the stitch pattern is highly reminiscent of the historic Hotel Carrasco’s façade.
The cowl is offered in one size, with guidance on how it can easily be adjusted. A subtle flare in the cowl’s base allows it to sit nicely on the shoulders. The mitts have an integrated thumb gusset and are offered in sixes S – XL, to cover all hands. An optional decorative button detail adds a little extra interest on both pieces. Each design takes only one skein, making them perfect for holiday or gift knitting (although I suggest making them for yourself first!).
Arroyo was a treat to knit – the fabric is squishy but not too heavy, and it relaxes beautifully when blocked. I hope you enjoy making your Carrasco Cowl and Mitts!
These pieces work beautifully with our more variegated colors and the designer chose Diana for the women's set and Piedras for the men's but I can see them looking fabulous in any of our colors!