The day I was introduced to Rios, I came home with 4 hanks: The three beauties above and Piedras featured in the swatches on this page. I wanted a small project that would make best use of the 210 yards in each hank. I thought a cowl would be a perfect project and one that might allow me to cross a few Christmas presents off my list.
First I swatched stockinette to get a baseline. The yarn is so beautiful that I didn't want anything terribly busy that would detract from it. I began experimenting with slipped stitches to make decorative effects. I knit many(!) swatches but narrowed it down to the ones shown here that I think really really show off the yarn.
First here is a slipped stitch rib made by knitting 2 sts and then slipping 2 sts with the yarn in back. Simple, yet interesting and classic.
Crinkled has little ridges formed by alternating stockinette rows with rows including slipped stitches. It makes a very nice fabric and I got a lovely surprise when I turned my crinkled swatch over to discover that the backside was as pretty as the front!
Wavy is created by slipping sts and reordering them on your needles. It is done without a cable needle and sounds harder to do than it is. I love this effect.
To make the last swatch, stitches are slipped with the yarn on the right side of the work which creates floats that are picked up on a later row and gathered. The fabric is slightly puckered. This stitch and it's variations are commonly referred to as butterfly stitch.
I chose to make 'Puckered' first and it knit up in a flash! Since it is knit in the round, the only finishing required is tucking in the CO and BO tails. It is so soft against my skin and the perfect size. There was very little yarn left over which is nice too!
Shortly I will release a pattern booklet for one hank Rios cowls in all 4 stitch patterns--5 if you count that 'crinkled' is reversible!. They are fun, fast projects and a great intro to this yarn. Of course any medium weight yarn can be substituted. Think about crossing a few Christmas gifts off your list with these easy knits and remember, your pattern purchase will help someone in their fight against cancer.