It has been quite a while since my last Inspiration Saturday post, but it’s also been some time since I’ve had a chance to really sink my teeth into a pattern search. Many of these posts are born of a burning need to find just the right pattern for just the right yarn and lately I haven’t had any pattern-matching conundrums. However, I’ve just discovered that The Verdant Gryphon has brought back one of my favorite yarn bases (Zaftig Bugga, a worsted weight MCN blend) and well, I had to know how many skeins to buy for my next project, didn’t I? Let the luxurious, worsted-weight-accessory-pattern curating commence!
The Millwater cowl by Beth Kling is one I’ve had queued for Zaftig for quite some time.
I knit this pattern out of Malabrigo Twist a while back and really enjoyed it. The knitting is simple and soothing, just garter stitch with a ribbed cable that is knit flat and then seamed. I think the finished piece is striking and versatile and looks lovely in semi-solids and variegated yarns.
Another simple-but-striking cabled pattern is the Tidal Flats hat by Melissa Thomson.
This hat is part of the Cascadia collection, which contains many lovely accessory and sweater patterns. This hat would work best in a semi-solid, so as not to obscure all that smooth reverse stockinette.
I’ve been enamored with this Bosc scarf by Robin Ulrich for ages:
It’s just so dang elegant, and knit in worsted weight it would be cozy, beautiful, and fairly quick to knit.
This Fission mitts by Annika Barranti would be quite cushy in Zaftig.
I love the laced-up i-cord details, the cables, and the twisted stitches. You need a yarn with good stitch definition to really make these pop. The style is a little bit similar to my Berriboned Wrists pattern (lacing-wise, anyway):
The wristwarmers were initially designed with Zaftig, and are quite cozy as all get-out in the heavier weight yarn. (I’m wearing them as I type, in fact!)
To up the elegance ante, we have the Juneberry Shawl designed by Jared Flood.
I’ve adored this shawl for quite some time, but have been having internal debates over whether I want to knit it out of Zaftig or something a bit drapier with some silk content, like Codex or Mondegreen.
Lastly, and the pattern I will most likely knit first, is the Lucy Hat by Carina Spencer.
I think the plump, tightly-twisted texture of Zaftig will lend great stability to this striking, structured cloche. I love the stitch definition in the photo, the possibility of amazing color combination, and that jaunty flipped brim. This hat needs to be rocked so hard, and I plan to rock it well.
Have you been inspired by anything in particular lately? What’s your favorite use for worsted weight yarn? Let us know in the comments below!