The Purl Soho / PurlBee’s Ombre Cowl (free pattern) explores the complexity of subtle shifts in shade and texture by combining yarns of 3 different weights and different fibers. In a gently rippling slip stitch pattern, three gorgeous yarns flow into one another with perfect harmony and grace. Bottom is heavier and lies wider across the breastbone; top is very light to cushion the neck or frame the face.
Beloved by pie makers, reviled by gardeners, the common blackberry is considered both a blessing and a curse on Bainbridge Island. But knitters love the plump texture of the stitch named for this bobbly berry. Opened up in a lace-weight yarn, blackberry stitch (also known as trinity stitch) makes dainty, lacy clusters. Plus, it’s handsome on the wrong side, too.