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Originally published in Spin Off magazine's Summer 2018 issue.
Marigolds are a very popular flower in the midwestern United States, as are sunflowers (the Kansas state flower). The Helianthus Mitts pattern pairs handspun marigold dyed fiber with a stranded colorwork design featuring a sunflower. In addition, the project uses handspun black walnut (the Missouri State Nut) dyed fiber, another local source of dyestuff found in the midwest that is easy to use as a natural alternative to chemical dyes.
The pattern and accompanying article discuss how to dye the fiber and spin the yarn for this project, but you could easily substitute a commercial sport-weight yarn.
- Independent Designer
- Stefanie Johnson
- Downloadable PDF
- The fiber used in the sample was Knit Picks Bare Stroll Roving.
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