Around here January is the perfect month for staying inside with a warm cuppa cocoa, a simple, but engaging knitting project and a great book or movie. Members of Club Yumi received the perfect kits earlier this month to help create this cozy month of knitting. This week I'll be exploring the contents of the first ever Club Yumi knit kits, The Zenon Stole.
Each kit (valued at $75) contains both a printed and digital copy of the Zenon Stole, two 100g skeins of yarn from T&H Fiberworks on their Bling Sock Base, a coordinated YumiYarns locking stitch marker (handmade by me!), and a package of freshly made marshmallows (not pictured) from Queen City Bakery!
The Zenon Stole has been floating around in my head for quite awhile now and I'm so pleased with how it looks all knit up. I wanted to make a project that was simple to knit, but that looked much more complicated. There is no intarsia involved in this project and you just use one color at a time while making a simple biased fabric.
You begin with the base triangle worked in garter stitch, then join the next triangle as you work a simple garter-mesh pattern. Once you've knit all the stitches, you switch back to your variegated yarn and garter-stitch patterning for the next triangle. The stole builds upon itself in this fashion until you have the length that you want. You then make a few more triangles that create a u-turn so that you can work back down the other side which is again joined as you go. After the body of the stole is complete, you pick-up stitches to knit the ending borders. Again, these patterns are easy and utilize a very simple garter-lace diamond patterning. The resulting scarf is about 6.17' (1.87 m) long x 8.5" (21.59 cm) wide.
I really love how flowy the fabric became with this project. When we were doing the photo-shoot we had to keep re-taking the shots because even the slightest breeze would make it dance around. The garter-stitch makes it seem very substantial in the pictures, but this is an extremely drapey, soft scarf and It's quickly become one of my favorite go-to pieces.
In the coming months, I'm planning on making an extended version that is wider and has an additional border. Once all the kinks are worked-out, I'll be updating the digital versions of the pattern. So, if you already own the pattern, you'll get a bonus sizing option e-mailed to you as soon as it's live.
If you missed the club shipment at the beginning of January, you can still get an individual kit for the Zenon Stole for $65 while supplies last. As with all the kits in the club, there are no back-orders and they won't be restocked once they've sold out.
Next month's single skein kits are shipping out soon! If you want to be one of the first to receive a special Club Yumi pattern, yarn and goodie, sign-up today so that you don't miss out. The picture above is a hint at the colorway and patterning that will be featured. I'll also tell you that lace may play a role in this one...
I hope that you all have a wonderful week of crafting,