Matchmaker

Product information "Matchmaker"

Cowls and loops are just wonderful: You sling them around and you’re ready to go! Also, I really like how roomy and warm they are. And since I wanted one that looks good in my favorite hand-dyed yarn, I made Matchmaker. Its very special triangular but 3-dimensional shape makes it very versatile and warm in the right places. Entirely knit in garter stitch, it is a mindless pleasure to knit. I called this one “Matchmaker”, because you can choose your two favorite handdyed colorways and marry them to this comfy, squishy, oversized cowl (the perfect use for Wollmeise’s “We’re Different”-bags!).

The design is such that there are no spooky techniques involved (like provisional cast-ons, short rows or the like), and there is no joining in the round where you might accidentally twist something. Just straightforward knitting and a few increases and decreases - very suitable for beginners! The pattern provides 3 versions: The Pure Version for a fingering weight yarn, the DK Version and a Freestyle Version that instructs you to use a different yarn of your choosing, with stripes wherever you want them.

Please check out this little video in which I explain how Matchmaker works.


The colors I used in my protoypes are:

Wollmeise Pure: Xaverl (Color A, 135g) and So long Kitty (Color B, 150g)
Wollmeise Pure: Vincent (Color A, 135g) and Sail the 7 Seas (Color B, 150g)
Wollmeise Merino DK: Dunkle Kirsche (Color A, 165g) and Tutu dark (Color B, 155g)


The pattern "Matchmaker" is part of Martina Behms book "Strickmich! Knitting Inventions".

Gauge (stitches per 10 cm): 18, 24
Knitting experience: relaxed
Needle Size: 2,5 mm / US 1-2, 3,0 mm / US 2-3, 3,5 mm / US 4
Project type: Shawl
Yarn Weight: Fingering, DK

Matching Yarn

Miss Babs - Yowza
Color Miss Babs: Garden Party
Yowza! Whatta Skein! You’ll be saying “Yowza! These skeins are BIG!” too when you see this yarn. Yowza is perfect for sweaters, baby items, and snuggly shawls and wraps. Yowza has a smooth and soft hand that works well for textured stitching. This yarn is often substituted in patterns calling for a DK weight yarn. Care Instructions: Machine wash gentle. This yarn should be dried flat for best results. This colorway can be highly variable, so feel free to give us a call for a current description of what we have, or if you have any questions about the color.The sample "Brickless" from our book "Hitchhiker Collection" was made out of one skein of this yarn, colorway "Berlin". The sample "Matchmaker" from our book "Strickmich! Knitting Inventions" was knit out of two skeins of this yarn, one in colorway "Lobster Legs" and one in "Good Morning Glory"

Content: 227 gram (€24.15* / 100 gram)

€54.83*
Tip
Rosy Green Wool Lovely Merino Treat
Color Rosy Green Wool: 102 Sonnenblume
The yarn we have been waiting for! "Lovely Merino Treat" is the latest addition to the Rosy Green Wool range, and with 210 m / 230 yards per 100 g skein it has the perfect weight for sweaters and warm shawls, right in between the beloved "Cheeky Merino Joy" and "Big Merino Hug" yarns. Of course, it's just as soft and comes in the same beautiful colors as the other Rosy yarns. Spun out of extremely soft, mulesing-free merino fiber, it's a pleasure to knit with and to wear. And to wash, as it's a superwash yarn and can be washed in the machine. As always with Rosy Green Wool, their yarns fulfil the very demanding criteria of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS): Every step of the production must be animal-friendly and not harm the environment. Also, fair wages and working conditions for everyone involved are required. Treat yourself to this lovely yarn! 

€19.90*
Amano Puna
Color Amano: 4007 Kornblumenblau
Sustainable Softness from Peru Extra warm, extra soft and extra good for our planet – that’s the way we love a beautiful yarn, and the amazing alpaca yarns by Amano are just that! The fiber comes from cooperatives in Peru which employ the latest methods to ensure an animal-friendly environment and minimal impact on the surroundings. The high plains of the Andes are home to three and a half million alpacas. They have been living in this area for more than 5000 years and learned to thrive despite the rough climate and scarce food supply, earning their wool a reputation to be the most sustainable animal fiber there is. Alpaca fiber is significantly warmer than wool from sheep, it is very soft and has an attractive lustre – a dream for any knitter. It is processed by a spinning mill in the south of Peru to become one of the luxurious knitting yarns by Amano: blended with silk, merino or cashmere or pure as Baby or Imperial Alpaca in gorgeous, vibrant colors inspired by the textile traditions of South America.  Puna is made from 100% Baby Alpaca, yardage is about 250 meters / 273 yards / 100 g, so it's perfect for large but light, warm shawls like Naiada (two skeins of this yarn, colorway "Kornblumenblau"). The pattern is available here in our shop or in the book "The Hitchhiker Collection"  Martina has designed her knitting pattern "Loops" especially for this yarn.The sample "Loops" in our book "Strickmich! Knitting Inventions" was made out of two skeins of this yarn: One in Korallrot, the other in Bordeaux. 

€19.90*

Accessories

Succaplokki Stitch Markers "Royal"
Cute stitch markers made of recycled acrylic in the shape of little crowns. The recycled acrylic is clear and the markers have a golden crown on one side and a etched yarn ball on the other. Designed and made in Finland. Super-useful when it comes to knitting Magrathea, Naiada, Nuvem, Jasminde, Match & Move or Viajante! Measurements of the pendants: 10 mm x 10 mm Length of the cords: ca. 2 cm Colors and motifs may vary (see pictures). 

€10.90*
Circular Knitting Needle Addi Lace
Needle Size: 3,5 mm / US 4
Addi Circulars with 80 cm (32 in) length and extra sharp tips are ideally suited for most of Martina Behm's designs. These needles are great quality "Made in Germany", and they make even the most complicated lace pattern a pleasure to knit. The needle sizes are printed on the cable (metric and US). Addi lace needle tips are made from shiny brass and nickel-free.

Variants from €6.25*
€7.45*
Strickmich! Organic Project Bag
Color: Blau
Our Strickmich! Project bag is made of organic cotton in southern Germany by Manomama – a company that offers jobs to people who have difficulties finding work elsewhere, making cool organic fashion and accessories – check out their website!  Measurements: width 24 cm (9.5 inches) length 26 cm (10.4 inches) diameter of round bottom: 15 cm (6 inches) Material: 100% Organic Cotton Machine wash cold.

€11.90*

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