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Knitting with Metallic Yarn
Lace Collar or Cowl
Lace and Sparkle: A Project with Vanna's Glamour
I like to try new yarns by doing a small project with a single skein. I chose Vanna's Glamour when I decided to design a metallic project inspired by "mithril", an imaginary precious metal from J.R.R. Tolkein's The Hobbit. Many metallic yarns feel harsh, stiff, or scratchy, but Vanna's is surprisingly soft, with just a strand of metallic fiber giving the yarn its shine.
I envisioned a small cowl/collar to wear with a basic black dress or sweater, almost a textile necklace. In Tolkein's books, mithril is described as lightweight, yet stronger than iron. Lace fits that description--it is much stronger than it looks. I found a simple lace pattern in The Knitter's Bible and worked a few pattern repeats to be sure I liked it. I did, so I cast on enough stitches for the circumference of my cowl and proceeded with the lace pattern after converting it from rows to rounds for seamless circular knitting.
The pattern is available in my e-book, 8 Knitted Accessories from FiberFrau.
Metallic Yarn and the Best Needles
Glamour is oft and comfortable to wear, even with metallic accents. Don't settle for scratchy yarn.
I honestly do my fastest knitting with these Addi Turbo needles. Yarn glides smoothly over the slick surface and points are perfect for precision knitting.
Use the Fastest Needles for Easy Lace Knitting
I have used many types of circular knitting needles successfully; however, there is only one I really love. Addi Turbos have the smoothest joins between needles and cable, nice points for digging into difficult pattern stitches (just try doing sl2,p3tog,psso with blunt points!) and a cable that is flexible without being flimsy. This is not a paid endorsement--I'm just a very satisfied knitter who finds she can knit with greater speed and accuracy on Addi Turbos. The stitches just glide over the polished surface of these high-quality German needles.
My lace rounds went quickly on my Addi turbos. I finished with garter stitch for the bottom edge so that edge would not curl, since I only wanted the lace portion to curl. I was pleased enough with this small collar that I think Vanna's Glamour would be my choice for a larger project. I'm considering trying it for the"Invisibility Shawl" from Charmed Knits .
Knitting Pattern Links
- Ravelry: Barbie Evening Dress pattern by Elaine Phillips
Doll clothes are fun to make.
- Adorned From Above: Mia Lace Scarf Pattern
For lace lovers
- Ravelry: Gimli Inspired Helmet pattern by Rebekah Bowers
Just for fun, this dwarf helmet uses both Vanna's Choice and Vanna's Glamour. This pattern is for the HELMET ONLY. For the pattern with the beard, please see Rebekah's other listings.