We started working with Rowan earlier this year and I have to say I’m in love with both the quality of their yarns and the gorgeous patterns that accompany them. As well as the standard range of scrummy yarns, they also produce a series of Limited Edition special yarns called Rowan Selects and I thought I’d tell you about Camello.
As the name suggests, Camello is a yarn containing camel so it’s perfect if you love an unusual fibre. The exact blend is 68% wool, 18% camel and 14% nylon. It has a chainette construction which results in a wonderfully springy yarn with an incredibly generous 175m per 25g ball. There are 10 deep jewel like colours in the range. My favourite is Tapestry, a petrol blue that looks great as an accent against the pale grey of Stone. It costs £6.50 per ball.
Pattern support comes as a book featuring 8 designs by Lisa Richardson and Sarah Hatton. Better still, if you buy the yarn for any of the projects, the pattern book is FREE! There are six garments (three jumpers and three cardigans), a hat and a rather lovely fairisle scarf.
The star of the show is probably Karoo, a knee length cardigan with all over fairisle patterning. If you love the fairisle look but don’t fell like tackling an entire garment, Namib uses many of the same motifs over a scarf. This means it would be more forgiving of a slightly wonky gauge!
There are two Raglan pullovers. Arabian (top left) has a simple stocking stitch body with delicate cable highlights on the raglan seams. Guban (bottom right) has an intricate cable panel down the centre front and back. The cable panel is charted but I’ve written out the first 10 rows so if you want a copy of that to help you get started, just Contact Us.
My favourite garment is Ogaden (bottom left), a striped cardigan with contrast pockets, a great excuse to play with colour! I think I would use more colours for the striped sections to make it a bit more crazy and eye catching. There’s also Kalahari (top right), a relaxed turtle neck sweater perfect for chilling in, and Sahara (centre), a cardigan with embroidered details that’s definitely smart enough for work.
The final design is Chalbi, a slouchy beanie hat with turned back ribbing and pom pom. The original used Rich Red, Stone and Pavement but I knitted my sample version in Tapestry, Cream and Sapphire. This was a quick and enjoyable knit which would be perfect for a beginner as it is knitted flat using rib and stocking stitch with simple knit two together decreases.
The pattern calls for 1 ball in two of the colours and 2 balls in the colour used for the pom pom. I made a multi colour pom pom using 1 strand of each colour wrapped together which meant I only used 1 ball of each colour.
We have some kits available containg all the yarn you need to knit Chalbi plus the FREE pattern book. These are £19.50 if you want either a multi colour pom pom or no pom pom or £26 with an additional ball of yarn to make a one colour pom pom. These are beautifully presented in a gold organza bag and would make a great Christmas present. Or there’s still enough time to knit one to give as a gift too.