Rowan Denim is a distinctive, hard-wearing cotton yarn that behaves like no other. It’s been one of our favorites since our earliest days as knitters.
Rope-dyed in shades of indigo, Denim shrinks (on the first wash) and fades (on the first wash and with wear, forever), like a favorite pair of jeans. A cotton yarn that you can machine wash and dry embodies a practical kind of ease.
Do your hands get blue knitting with Rowan Denim? Yes. Does it wash off easily with soap and water? Also yes.
Note: Rowan Denim has been discontinued, so stock up while you can!
For quantities needed to make Julia Farwell-Clay’s Picket Fence Afghan, see below.
Please note: pattern not included. The Picket Fence Afghan pattern appears in Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 7: Ease, available in both digital and print editions. Be sure to add a copy of Field Guide No. 7 to your cart at checkout!
Specs & Details
Anything you knit in Rowan Denim will have the comfort of soft cotton, and will take on a beautiful patina: age and wear are its friends. There is nothing more magnificent than a richly cabled sweater in weathered Rowan Denim.
We think Rowan Denim is magic, so it’s a natural choice for Julia Farwell-Clay’s Picket Fence Afghan. We have been making blankets with Rowan Denim for years, long enough to know that a denim afghan can become a treasured heirloom.
The Picket Fence Afghan uses a two-color knitting technique that looks like intarsia, but with zero ends to weave in at the color changes. Several times in each block, the knitter gets to perform a magic switcheroo that never gets old, and feels amazingly clever.
To replicate the sample, you’ll need:
- 15 skeins of Rowan Denim in Memphis (medium blue)
- 10 skeins of Rowan Denim in Nashville (dark indigo)
- 1 skein of Rowan Handknit Cotton in each of Gooseberry, Raspberry and Linen (or oddments of any DK weight cotton yarn)
To estimate yarn quantity for another size blanket:
Two blocks can be knitted from approximately 2 skeins of Memphis and 1 skein of Nashville.
We used approximately 2 skeins of Nashville to join the blocks and work the edging on the sample.