Hoek is a top down shawl that uses about 725yds of DK weight yarn. I picked the most delicious shade of orange from my friend Lynae who hand dyes yarn under the name Grinning Gargoyle. I love her colors and she has some of the softest base yarns I’ve ever felt. If you’re lucky to get your hands on her 100% Mink lace weight, you will not be disappointed. That stuff is sick in the healthiest way possible, so light and fluffy!
I used her Single DK base which has 40% merino, 40% alpaca, and 20% silk aka 40% yum, 40% yummier, and 20% yummiest. You can see her delicious yarns in person at Rhinebeck and Vogue Knitting Live Chicago later this year.
I was very pleased with the fuzziness and sheen of the fabric. I like single ply yarns that hold up to wear and tear. The 20% silk gives the fluffy single ply some strength and durability so the knitted fabric doesn’t pill and fall to pieces when you practice your leaping skills.
It’s so soft in fact, you will want to wear it directly next to your skin. Don’t forget to coordinate your shoes and bow tie choices with your new Hoek shawl!
I worked with simple stitches, stockinette and garter stitch, to give the fabric some textural interest. I like how the increases at the spine look feathered.
I started by making a top down triangle followed by some fun edge explosions. Edge explosions are extra increases at the sides of a shawl that cause the fabric to burst around the corner. (or hoek!) These corners mean the the shawl will wrap around the shoulders without falling off. Extra fabric from the edge explosions also means extra drapiness, a most welcome quality. Here is the Dear Amsterdam shawl trio, what a happy shawl family!
One of Malia’s latest designs is Makkie, a long lace cowl.
She chose Old Maiden Aunt Alpaca/Silk DK in the color Ghillie Dhu. Another word for alpaca and silk is drape and when you combine the two that’s double drape, whoa boy howdy!
Don’t even get me started on the stitch definition of this yarn.
I bought the yarn from Loop in London, which carries an abundance of unique and special yarns. Old Maiden Aunt is dyed in Scotland so I assume that magic is used somewhere in the dyeing process.
Makkie’s long length means you can rock a stylish slouchy look. You can also hold it up and peer through the little lace holes.
The lace sections are broken by bands of seed stitch (or moss stitch if you’re in the UK). I think that was a very clever thing for Malia to do because it gives more breath to the fabric and frames the beautiful lace pattern. Plus, if you become bored with one stitch pattern you always know the other one is coming soon.
Here is a pattern for all you bike lovers out there. Fietsen, meaning bicycle, is a cute pair of wristers to go with your bicycle.
We all ride bikes every day in Amsterdam and it gets chilly so some wooly warmth is always appreciated. I can imagine these wristers layered with other mitts or gloves as it gets colder because when I’m riding my bike with arms outstretched, my coat always hikes up and reveals my delicate bony wrists to the wind’s chill.
Malia used Holst Garn from Denmark. It’s a classic fingering weight wool ideal for colorwork.
She has dozens of cones that she sells by the gram at Penelope Craft. I think this yarn would ring in at about 3 or 4 euros to make Fietsen. That’s just crazy talk.
After you’ve made your cute new wristers, don’t forget to signal! Not only is signaling safe, it’s also a great opportunity to show off your handiwork to oncoming traffic.
My most recent addition to Dear Amsterdam is Hertenvos, which means Deerfox. Hertenvos is a made up animal that you become when you wear this hat.
Fold the ears up for a perky and attentive look or plop them down and hide from your grueling routine of foraging for food and chasing neighborhood cats.
I used Schoppel Wolle XL, a super bulky felted wool. It made more of an oversized hat so I wear it with the brim and earflaps folded up or when the earflaps are down I just tilt the hat back on my head. For a more fitted Hertenvos, you could substitute a chunky weight yarn.
I started with just a few stitches for the earflap and worked increases to a triangle while incorporating the white color. Then I decreased back down to a point until the flap was double-sided. The garter stitch brim uses short row shaping to cover the neck, stranded spots decorate the next section, and a celebratory tassel topper completes the Hertenvos transformation.
It is rare that you will ever meet another Hertenvos in the wild, but when two are together this is how they hang out.
We have a lot more to share in Dear Amsterdam including hats, a bow tie, socks, cardigan wrap, and a whole slew of adorable crocheted accessories!
Photos by Alexandra Feo
Modeled Fietsen photos by Malia and I