Monday, August 25, 2014

Patternum Novum: Auri

Back at TNNA in May, I had the opportunity to chat with the lovely Mira (another California gal) of Baah! Yarns and she told me about her new yarn, Aspen, a loooovely blend of merino, silk, and cashmere. I jumped at the opportunity to design with it and grabbed three colors that seemed fated to be together - Sirena, Sky, and Misty - and this breezy wrap is what came of it. Introducing: Auri.

Auri Wrap - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)

Auri is an asymmetrical crescent-like wrap named for the Ionic Greek word for breeze, whose super-simple stripe pattern creates a beautiful gradient that, in these colors, reminds me of ocean mist in the early morning. (Though I do think you could use some contrasty colors and it would look pretty amazing.) After experimenting for quite a bit, I think I've finally nailed down the increase rate for creating the ideal crescent from the top-down -- I combine that with some easy short rows in Auri to create a crescent wrap that has enough depth in the center without being a million miles across at the top. In garter stitch, this wrap is nice and soothing, but the stripes and increase sequence will keep things from getting boring.

The specs...

Finished Measurements: 79”/ 200.5 cm along top edge; 18”/ 45.5 cm height at thickest part of center

Yarn: Baah! Aspen (75% Merino, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere; 330 yds/ 302 m per 100g); 1 skein each of Sirena (A), Sky (B), and Misty (C)
Or, 3 colors of a fingering or sport weight yarn: 230 yds/ 210 m of A, 300 yds/ 274 m of B, and 320 yds/ 292 m of C (850 yds/ 777 m total)

Needles: US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, at least 32”/ 80 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 19 stitches & 44 rows = 4"/ 10 cm in Garter Stitch

For more information about Auri, you can check it out on Ravelry here. And, as always, please come chat about Auri and share any in-progress or FO photos you might have in my Ravelry group!


Unknown said...

I am so crazy about those colours in this shawl! It's stunning and looks like it must feel like heaven wrapped around your neck!

LannieK said...

Love the colors and the pattern has that 'I'll just curl up and be comfy' look! A must for me :-)