Mossy Bells

This was the yarn that told me rather emphatically what it wanted to be. “I want to be a cardigan.”

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No problem.

“I want to have cute details.”

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You got it.

“I want to be knit in 2 different directions and be done bottom up, but still seamlessly.”

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…Uh, what?

Well, if you’re wondering if I always do what the yarn tells me to do…

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Yes. Yes I do.

Mossy Bells is a departure from my usual design style – I tend towards top down and seamless, so I found this design a fun challenge. It really started with the desire to use short rows to add some interest to the hem of the cardigan, which required me to knit the bottom sideways. I experimented a bit, and the result was the bell shapes (together with the colorway I used, they give the pattern its name) that appear to be dangling from the single row of purl stitches.

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Since I was trying something I’d never done before, there was some frogging along the way. I’d get part of it done, not like it and rip it back and fix…and then a different part didn’t look right so I had to rip that back and fix it. The good news is that I was able to get exactly what I pictured in my head to come off the needles – and I can vouch for the sturdiness of the Eweneek Boo-Yah! yarn!

The only problem I foresaw with the end result was getting Lexie to model it. She’s started to branch out from her everything-must-be-pink-or-purple, preferably-both, stage, but not yet into green. I’d bought the Moss colorway because I loved the color, so I was prepared to offer great inducements for modeling. Sure enough when I first showed her the yarn, she turned her nose up and reminded me firmly that green was my favorite color, not hers. But as I got further into the knitting, Lexie started hanging around to watch from time to time, and ask, “That’s for me, right?” Once it was done, she was charmed and couldn’t wait to put it on.

Couldn’t get a better compliment than that!

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Mossy Bells is available for purchase below, or on Ravelry, Craftsy, and Patternfish.

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