25.5 in/65 cm top circumference, 30 in/76 cm bottom circumference, 16 in/40.5 cm deep
Backyard Fiberworks Meadow Light (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 435 yds/398 m per 3.53 oz/100 g); Marmalade: 1 skein, Stormcloud: 1 skein
US 2.5/3.0 mm 24 in/60 cm circular, or size needed to get gauge
US2/2.75. mm 24 in/60 cm circular, or one size smaller than gauge needle
32.5 sts & 36 rows = 4 in/10 cm in stranded colourwork pattern in the round on larger needles, blocked
Exact gauge is not essential, though differences in gauge will affect the size and amount of yarn required.
2 stitch markers: 1 each for end and middle of round; yarn needle
About the yarn
Backyard Fiberworks Meadow Light is a 4-ply, worsted-spun, fingering weight, merino/cashmere/nylon blend. The 4-ply structure makes for a round yarn and helps to guard somewhat against pilling, as does the worsted style of spinning. The cashmere gives the fabric a bit of halo and the nylon adds strength to the delicate fibres. The halo is helpful in stranded colourwork, smudging the edges ever so slightly to make the diagonal lines appear more solid. Ninety Degrees was designed to work with hand-dyed semisolid and speckled colourways; you could try a lightly variegated, semisolid, or gradient colourway as yarn B for a different effect. This project would work in a variety of yarns, so if you’re substituting for the recommended yarn, look for a fingering weight that gives a fairly firm fabric at the pattern’s gauge. You will need approximately 345 yds/316 m of yarn A (the semisolid) and 300 yds/274 m of yarn B (the speckled yarn).
Photos © Gale Zucker.