Nuvem by Martina Behm

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(Photos: enugu on Ravelry)

Every once in a while a pattern, or someone’s version of a pattern, on Ravelry stops me in my tracks. While Martina Behm’s Nuvem has caught my eye before, enugu’s versions have taken me from idle admiration to wanting to take immediate knitting action!  Both the stunner above, knit with 100% merino laceweight yarn, and the very chic fluffy version below knit with Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk are equally beautiful and demonstrate how the choice of yarn can produce dramatically different results. Big and versatile, Nuvem is shaped like  a very long hexagon making it wearable as both a wrap and as a long scarf.

Here’s Martina’s description of the pattern: „Nuvem“ is Portuguese and means „Cloud“. I picked this name because this shawl is light as a feather, super-warm and cozy, and its ruffled edge makes it look like a little cloud if you wrap it around your neck and shoulders several times. This one will warm you on chilly winter evenings on the sofa and will protect you on cold winter days outside under or over your favorite coat. In a colorful, hand-dyed laceweight yarn, it looks beautiful without using any complicated stitches. In fact, once you are done casting on, there are only knit stitches (no purling required!) and simple increases. If you have a beautiful, big skein of multicolored lace yarn and you are in the mood for a long, relaxing haul of almost mindless knitting, this is the project for you! Also, a good “first big project“ for beginning knitters.

Now which version to knit first? The laceweight or the fluffy? If these photos have had the same effect on you then you might be interested to know that the cozy Brushed Alpaca Silk version only takes 7 balls and at $5.95 a ball, this wrap is a steal at under $45. The laceweight version will of course depend on the brand and yarn blend you choose…you can view some options on our online store here :-)  Currently under consideration for my personal dream version are everything from SweetGeorgia CashSilk Lace and Jade Sapphire Cashmere Silk to Julie Asselin Merletto, Shibui Cima and Fibre Company Meadow….

Click here to view other beautiful versions of this wrap on Ravelry!

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(Photos: enugu on Ravelry)

– Melissa

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