If it’s July (and it is — how did it get to be July already?) it is time for the second Camp Loopy Project! Here’s mine!
This is Martina Behm’s Endless Rainbow, a really fun two-color garter stitch wrap. I am knitting mine from Shalimar Breathless in the Concord Grape and Fairy Dust colorways, using a U.S. size 3 needle.
Most of the Endless Rainbows shown on Ravelry are using two colors with a lot of contrast. I thought it would be fun to knit a more subtle version, and so far I am liking it very much. There is enough contrast between the semi-solid Concord Grape and the variegated Fairy Dust so that it shows up, but the overall effect is quite subtle.
This pattern is a lot of fun to knit! There are long slogs of garter stitch as the piece grows, but they are broken up by the bits of contrast you insert every few rows. The little triangles of the variegated color are created by knitting back and forth and increasing on one end of the knitting, and Martina has a neat little trick with a crochet hook to bring the solid yarn not in use back to the end of the row after the triangle is created. She has even created a little video to demonstrate the trick — it is linked to in the pattern.
So I needed a crochet hook. Since the yarn I’m using is fingering weight, I needed a pretty small one. I dug this out of my knitting accessories:
Isn’t it cute? The hook is 2.75mm and it works perfectly. What is also nice is that I can clip it onto my yarn keeper so it is always with the project!
You can purchase this hook from The Loopy Ewe. And if you search for “mini crochet hook” on etsy, you’ll find ones for sale that are similar. I actually have several — they were sent to me as part of yarn club packages, and I’m sure I bought one or two myself. I keep one on my keyring because you never know when you’ll need a wee crochet hook!
WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014
In case you missed the announcement, there is plenty of time to get your pattern and get ready for my summer KAL. The KAL starts July 12, and if you buy the pattern before the 12th, it is $3.00, going up to regular price of $5.00 on the 12th, the start date. You can purchase the pattern here. And there is already a lot of fun and conversation about the project going on in my Ravelry group here!
Loki is resting up for the holiday weekend.