Valour, or “valor” as we Americans spell it, is defined as the quality of bravery in the face of grave danger. As we all learn, sometimes everyday life can require courage and bravery. I notice that sometimes, something as simple as putting on my favorite colors makes me feel more confident, which is why I love Rowan’s Colourscape Chunky. Feeling valorous is easy in the fashion-forward color palettes designed by artist Kaffe Fassett, whom I consider a true genius at color! Adding bold colors to a funky, contemporary knitted vest is a sure way to put your best foot forward.
This vest was designed by Sarah Hatton and is featured in “The Rowan Colourscape Chunky Collection,” a book full of beautiful designs with the yarn. This vest is knit in three pieces. The fronts of the vest are knitted from side to side, which makes the colors stripe vertically in a flattering way. The 1 x 3 rib stitch pattern with the purl side facing out looks very fun and fresh!
One thing I really like about this yarn is that it is both bulky weight and variegated. The variegation means that the yarn hardly requires a complex stitch pattern, while the bulky gauge ensures a quick knit. The net result is a fairly quick and uncomplicated project that allows you to relax and admire the changing colors as they flow through your hands. Made of 100% lambswool from England, this yarn is soft and full of lanolin, making it a real treat to work with.
This colorway is called “Camouflage,” and it works well for both men’s and women’s garments. I think it’s rather perfect for fall, with its blend of vibrant oranges, golden brown, teals and olives, and grayish lavender. Of course, Kaffe makes his colorways so beautiful that it’s truly hard to choose! You can check out his other colorways on our website, or stop by the shop to see them in person if you’re so inclined!