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Rowan Denim Lace

Back in November, I introduced Rowan Selects, seasonal limited edition yarns that offer something a bit special and different. Although it may not feel terribly spring like outside, the new Spring/Summer select, Denim Lace, has just arrived. This gives you plenty of time to knit it up in time for the warmer weather to arrive.

Denim Lace colours

Denim Lace is a laceweight blend of 95% cotton and 5% other fibres. The cotton is sourced from recycled denim so it’s a yarn that has great environmentally friendly credentials. The 5% of other fibre is simply because when textiles are recycled, there is always a small amount of other fibre that is below the identifiable level. It is presented in an unusual cone format with 50g/400m per cone. Even if you never knit with it, this is a yarn that will look great just sitting on a shelf! All this and it still comes in at a very affordable £5.95 per cone. There are six muted shades avaiable; two greys, cream, black, teal and red. The knitted fabric has a slightly flecked appearance with plenty of visual appeal.

If that isn’t enough to tempt you, the yarn is supported by a pattern booklet with four designs by Martin Storey and Sharon Miller. Better still, this booklet is FREE if you buy the yarn for any of the patterns.

Hermia

Hermia

  • Designer: Martin Storey
  • Size: 81cm-127cm bust (32”-50”)
  • Yarn: 8-11 balls (shown in Ocean Floor)
  • Needles: 2.25mm, 3mm, cable needle

Hermia is a textured raglan seamed pullover knitted with the yarn held double throughout. The pattern for the bottom section of the body and sleeves features a combination of cables and double moss stitch. This section of the design is charted with the rest of the pattern written out.

Peaseblossom

Peaseblossom

  • Designer: Martin Storey
  • Size: 46cm x 209cm (18” x 82”)
  • Yarn: 2 colours, 3 balls of each (shown in Harbor Fog and Ocean Floor)
  • Needles: 3mm

Also worked with the yarn held double, Peaseblossom is a textured wrap. The sample uses one strand each of two different colours to produce a mottled appearance but it would also look great worked in just one colour. There are two different stitch patterns combined with a garter stitch edging to give plenty of knitting interest and a gorgeous tactile finished object.

Mote

Mote

  • Designer: Sharon Miller
  • Size: 187cm wide by 132cm deep (73.5” x 52”)
  • Yarn: 2 balls (shown in Umbria Red)
  • Needles: 5mm

This deep triangular shawl uses just two balls of yarn meaning it can be knitted for under £12. Unlike traditional triangular shawl contruction where your rows get ever longer, Mote is knitted from the bottom up with stitches being decreased as you work until just three stitches remain. Great if you hate casting off!

The pattern suggests using a “lace cast on”. This sort of cast on is also referred to as a knitted cast on. If you’re unsure how to work this, Rowan have provided a great video tutorial.

Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed

  • Designer: Martin Storey
  • Size: 24cm x 204cm (9.5” x 80.5”)
  • Yarn: 3 balls in Colour A, 2 balls in Colour B (shown in Black and Sand)
  • Needles: 3mm

Mustard Seed is a striped scarf worked with the yarn held double throughout. It is worked in a combination of rib and twisted stitches. I love knitting striped designs because I always want to knit just one more stripe!

Pick up your yarn and pattern book in store now. I can’t wait to see what you make!