Krewe is made with slipped and twisted stitches (how-to included), and then full columns of stitches are dropped all the way down when you’re finished knitting, to make the beaded necklace inspired look:
It’s designed to use multiple contrasting colors, as you see in my sample, but it also works well with the same 2 colors throughout, or with a self-striping or variegated color as the contrasting color (with a solid color as the main color, which is the outline color). A version like mine uses approximately 280 yards / 256 meters total DK weight, close to half and half main color and contrasting.
This is my first pattern release in a long time that’s not part of a collection – that’s because this was designed in collaboration with Infinite Twist to make into kits! Kits include 6 mini-balls for the contrasting colors, the main color yarn, needles and some other fun notions, this pattern, plus my new free mitts pattern (which I’ll blog about separately), Blur. The amount of yarn included in the kit is enough to make both the Krewe cowl and a pair of mitts!
There’s the Dawn Patrol colorway (above) to make the items just like mine, the Dusk colorway with 6 beautiful shades of different purples (with the same Dovecote grey main color as mine), and the Terra colorway with greens and blues for all the contrasting mini-balls and a dark brown for the main.
The yarn is called Helix; it’s a springy plied DK weight, hand-painted – a perfect fit for the dropped stitch design! I really love Infinite Twist (I blogged about the company awhile back) and I loved knitting with this yarn!
If you want to think outside the box a little with this design, on the other hand, it can be made really differently from my sample. The pattern includes notes for how to make it any width in any weight yarn, and any size/weight can be made as long as you want by just stopping when you like the length.
You can even make your Krewe as a scarf or a big wrap instead of a cowl if you prefer. The piece is a simple rectangle shape, so if you don’t seam the edges together into a loop, it works great as a flat piece as well.
My awesome test knitters made Krewe in a variety of different weights and sizes – since I only made the one sample, I’ll show you some of theirs!
Here are a couple more cowls in DK weights, like my sample – on the left is blissfulolivian’s in a few different DK yarns (218 yards total used) ; on the right is zigzaggyknits’ cowl with a variegated yarn as the contrasting color (247 yards total used):
And a few lighter versions in fingering weight yarns. First a small, airy cowl by drdomestiKated with a self-striping sock yarn as the contrasting (171 yards total used):
And a small scarflet version by knittinluv with a striping sock yarn as the contrasting (139 yards total used):
A couple testers made awesome giant wrap versions! Here’s a huge wrap by SadieLou in aran weights (650 yards total used):
This measures 20″ wide by 65″ long! So cozy! This was made with 5 pattern repeats across and 22 pattern repeats long.
And another wrap, by ChaoticK also in aran weights, just about the same giant size! (21″ by 62″ to be exact; made with 6 pattern repeats across and 18 repeats long. The yardage is very different – 341 yards total for this one.) The photo on the right shows the piece with the stitches only partially dropped, so you can see how the knitted piece looks before the stitches are dropped:
And speaking of how the piece looks as you’re knitting it, here’s a shot I took while knitting:
And my piece immediately after dropping the stitches, before blocking:
All that kinkiness blocks out nice and smoothly!
If you make Krewe, whether with the Infinite Twist kit yarns or other yarns, as a cowl or a scarf or wrap, etc, be sure to post your project on ravelry so we can all see your interpretation!
Happy warm weather knitting!