Llama Lace Melange is a heathered version of the popular Llama Lace yarn, which is hand-dyed.
I was excited to be given two of the preview skeins with which to play around.
This is a one skein, infinity scarf style cowl. The yarn has wonderful drape, making the cowl both lightweight and warm.
The cowl is knit on US4 needles, which I felt gave a nice mix of being open without being sloppy.
The cowl is knit in the round. The lace is written and charted. I suggest placing stitch markers after every 12 sts (two repeats) to help you stay on track. They saved my sanity a few times while I was knitting the prototype!
As is the case with lace projects, blocking is important to the look of the finished cowl.
To block the cowl, I soaked it in cool water in the bathroom sink, gently squeezed it out, then rolled it in a towel to remove excess water. I pulled it just enough to open the eyelets.
An untested idea: Cast on 144 sts (about half) to make a cowl that is taller and has a smaller circumference. It would be more of a wimple style and I think would be lovely with the drape of the yarn.
Keep in mind, you can use the new Llama Lace Melange for existing Llama Lace patterns. (Adjust your yarn amounts. Hand-dyed Llama Lace comes in 209 yard hanks compared to 420 yards for Llama Lace Melange.)