Moira Engel is the author of today's post, and the designer of the lovely hooded shawl Alodia from our newest issue. You can also find this post (and more about Moira's work) on her website, here. This isn't Moira's first time designing a stunning scarf-like object for the pages of Twist, you might remember this lovely cowl from Winter 2014.
I am so fortunate and excited to have another design in Twist Collective! The Alodia Hooded Scarf is included in their Fall 2015 release. The inspiration for this piece originally came from the sad fact that I look really dorky in hats. With a hooded scarf I can be cozy and mysterious at the same time; a haunter of the deep forest swooping through the mist, or woodland creature bundled in wooliness with a nice warm head! Ok, probably only grocery shopping, but with an air of mystery for sure. I also wanted to see if my phone-side doodles could be translated into a knitting chart. The result is the center panel of the scarf. A twisting organic vine that springs from love of my jasmine, orchids and hoyas. Hopefully making for an engaging knitting project.
The construction is simple with only seaming on the hood and a few corners. Edging gives the piece a nice finish and body. I've broken up the edging so that there would always be a manageable number of stitches. The mitred corners are simple and tidy. I am currently wishing away the warm....actually, really really hot weather so that I can bundle myself in my woolies again!
I enjoy the way different yarns show different dynamics of the textures. The yarn used in the off white version was Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted. Galway is 100% wool, sturdy and soft. It has that shetland wool feel and is certainly very warm. The colorway gave the cable work an ethereal look, soft and misty. I loved having it draped across my lap while knitting this piece up. Very nurturing woolly warmth.
I made my prototype in Malabrigo Rios, a superwash merino. Also sturdy and soft and a delight to work with. I am fond of superwash! The most noticeable difference is how dynamic the cables become working with a kettle dyed yarn. It's really interesting to see how working with different yarns can totally change the overall feel of a garment. It can really bring out the inner artist and let a knitter really bring their own personality to a design.