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.
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.