Sustainability is a major concern right nowwhile many think of the term in reference to organically grown products, it's also important to think about the ethics of what we consume and the carbon footprint. Many of us are striving to buy food grown locally and the same can be done by purchasing other items which have been produced as close to home as possible.
Back when I only had small amounts of my samples left and before going into production, I made this simple little scarf to use up whatever I had left of 'blue eggshell' (one of my favorite shades among the present 36 colors)it's an easy project utilizing two of my favorite stitch patterns, but should be noted for its wearability.
Learn more about Véronik's adventure with St-Denis on the St-Denis blog.
From the sheep whose fleece was used to spin Nordique to the mill producing it, every part of this yarn is American made. The fleece is a blend of different breeds whose classification is referred to as 'territory wool'it is a a medium range wool, neither too soft to withstand everyday wear, neither too coarse to be worn against the skin. Véronik also wanted it to recall vintage sweaters, having often come across decades old garments that barely looked a few seasons old. To that end, a worsted mill was ideal, as combing the fleece before spinning it not only aligns the fibers in a parallel fashion but also reduces the number of shorter fibers in the yarn which contribute to pilling. Most yarns today are spun by woolen mills where most of the fibers go through a process making for a softer, loftier yarn.
In the end, Nordique is everything Véronik hoped for: it's highly elastic and has just enough 'grab' for stranded color, and has a high affinity for texture.
The Moss pattern used in Véronik's scarf is pretty simple. It easily creates a beautiful textured pattern by using just knit and purl stitches. Around the edges of the scarf, stitches are worked in Garter Stitchknitting each row. Putting garter stitch on the edges of a pattern will help prevent them from rolling.
Here is the free downloadable Nordique Moss Scarf pattern.
If you have difficulty downloading or printing the PDF pattern above, try this: page 1