I just finished this little neck-a-ma-thing, and it turned out really well! The pattern is Annabella’s Cowl, and the yarn is Fleece Artist Back Country, a super soft, machine washable merino wool made right here on Canada’s East coast. The yarn wasn’t exactly like the ones they called for in the pattern, so I used a larger needle and cast on fewer stitches (you can find all of our modifications in our project notes on Ravelry).
The project only took one skein of Fleece Artist Back Country, and I’m happy with the size – not too big, not too tight. The pattern was extremely easy, it’s definitely beginner friendly (probably a good project for a novice once they’ve learned knit and purl. It’s a great knit in front of the TV kind of project, especially if you need to whip up a gift in a rush.
More Yarn Options
The pattern was originally designed with a yarn like Handmaiden Maiden Hair, which would knit up beautifully on 5mm/US8-16″ circular needles (only 1 skein required). It would also be yummy made with Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk (use a single strand and 5mm/US8 needles (two skeins) for a light, airy version, or two strands held together and 6mm/US10 needles (4 skeins) for a thicker, cozier neckwarmer). If you want a yarn option that’s a little less precious try Berroco Vintage Chunky (1 skein) with 6mm/US10 needles.
Fleece Artist Merino Slim NATIONAL PARKS
In honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday, Fleece Artist has curated a collection in their Merino Slim yarn, highlighting 13 of Canada’s National Parks, one for each province and territory. Fleece Artist Merino Slim is a super soft, single ply yarn in a superwash Merino. It has a subtle, natural sheen and is great for shawls, sweaters, and accessories. Please note, the National Parks collection is a limited run, so get it while it’s available!
- 100% Merino Wool
- 400m (437 yds)/113g
- Fingering Weight
- 3mm/US2.5 needles
- 26 sts = 4″/10cm
- Made in Canada
Fleece Artist Festival Socks NATIONAL PARKS SERIES
This light fingering weight sock yarn has a nice tight twist for a durable sock. The silk adds warmth and a bit of sheen while the kid mohair increases the strength and give a subtle haze. These colours are a limited run in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, so when they are gone, they are gone for good.
- 45% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon, 15% Kid Mohair, 10% Silk
- Made in Canada
Fleece Artist Thrum Mitten Kits
Thrumming is a very old technique that is seriously fun and functional. Small tufts of roving (wool that hasn’t been spun into yarn yet) are knit into the garment creating a fuzzy warm layer on the inside and irresistible dots of colour the outside. As you wear them, the thrummed roving felts down, keeping your hands warm and cozy (take note dog owners, these are ideal winter dog walking mitts). The mittens will be the colour of the yarn and the thrums (roving) will peek through. This kit can also be used to make Thrummed Socks (great as house-socks or slippers)! Each kit is individually hand-dyed, no two will be exactly alike. Kit does not include needles: 3.5mm/US4 double pointed needles are required.
- Pattern & instructions (or you can download them free HERE)
- Yarn: Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester Aran, 125g (100% wool)
- Roving: 60g (100% wool)
- Sizes included: Child, Adult Small, Adult Medium, and Adult Large.
All Fleece Artist Yarns are now 20% Off, but don’t procrastinate, they’ll go fast, and the sale ends June 30th!
CLEARANCE 20% Off Fleece Artist Vamps Kits
A ‘Vamp’ is a Newfoundland term for a pair of hand knit ankle socks used both as house slippers and as boot liners. They are knit holding 2 strands of yarn together (one merino and one super soft kid mohair), these slippers are a warm and fuzzy tribute to this regional hand knit tradition. This pattern is best knit on double pointed needles rather than short circular needles. You can also knit this kit up as a warm and fuzzy pair of Mitts!
Vamps Kits are a double gift – they’re a great gift for knitters, and they also knit up as a wonderful gift.
- Pattern & instructions (one size, for other sizes use the pattern Rye below)
- 125g of Fleece Artist Merino 3/6
- 50g of Handmaiden Angel Hair
Kit DOES NOT include 4mm double pointed needles
These mitts are simple but interesting, and knit up fast with bulky yarn and big needles! One skein of deliciously soft and airy Fleece Artist Merino Stream makes a pair – perfect holiday gift?