Summer 2013 Knit-Along!

Viajante by Martina Behm

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(Photos: Martina Behm)

Our Summer Knit-Along project is Viajante by Martina Behm!

Martina writes: “Viajante is basically a very long and narrow triangular tube. Used flat, you can wrap it around your neck several times or put it on your shoulders as you would with a shawl. Open it up at the lace border and pull it over your head, and it will keep your entire upper body warm. If you wish, you can use it to add a dramatic asymmetrical silhouette to your wardrobe. Best thing: If you forgot your hat, you can just pull the narrow garter stitch part over your head and hide your ears from the cold. It is so versatile you will not want to leave the house without it! Viajante has a clean, classic look in stockinette stitch that is particularly pretty in a slightly variegated, very light yarn. The lace mesh border is really easy to knit (even for beginners) but can be replaced by a more complicated lace pattern or a simple ruffle if you prefer. It is a long, relaxing knit without any purl stitches that yields a spectacular result.”

Viajante has been an extremely popular knit since being published to Ravelry in February – more than 1000 users have already posted their finished projects! Although the pattern calls for a lace weight yarn, I just finished a fingering weight version in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light for a cozier more casual look (see photos below). Because of the heavier yarn choice, I modified the decrease rate slightly to reduce bulk at the neck and produce a wider tube (mods are listed on our Ravery project page here). Lisa has just cast on a laceweight version using SweetGeorgia Yarns CashSilk Lace – yum!

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This was a much faster knit than anticipated and took about two weeks to complete knitting mostly in the evenings with longer stretches on the weekends. The fact that it is worked in the round (no purling!) helps it move along quickly. Everyone’s time available for knitting being different, though, we’re giving you lots of time to work on this one – the Knit-Along begins June 15th and runs two months, ending on August 15th.

To join, simply click here to visit the Summer KAL thread in the Espace Tricot Ravelry Group and introduce yourself.

You can jump into the Knit-Along any time – if you post a picture of your finished Viajante to the thread by August 15th, we’ll enter your name into a draw for a $25 Espace Tricot Gift Card! You can also submit your finished project by sending us a photo via e-mail or stopping by the store.

Viajante can be purchased for $5.00 on Ravelry here.

Hope you’ll join us!

– Melissa

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