Cowls

Wee Cluster Cowl

This delicately textured cowl features the Daisy Stitch from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker, which is formed by working groups of three stitches together every other round. Because it’s easier to purl 3 stitches together than to knit 3 stitches together, the cowl is worked with the “wrong” side facing outward. However, both sides are attractive for a reversible cowl.

The super soft yarn used here is Super Silky (80% superwash merino, 20% silk) from Emma’s Yarn in the Sweet Magnolia colorway. The cowl shown used less than 85% of a skein, so it’s possible to make the cowl larger by adding 4stitch or 4-row repeats.

Both row-by-row and charted instructions are provided.

The cowl shown measures about 25″ (63.5 cm) in circumference and 7 1/2″ (19 cm) tall.

A Year of Patterns

I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions (too much pressure), but I do find myself reflecting on my accomplishments at the end of each year. I posted nine (9!) projects on website and I’d like to celebrate that with you.

From now until midnight Sunday, January 5, you can receive 30% off the Ravelry purchase price of all of my 2019 patterns. Use the code 9in2019 when you check out with any (or all) of the following patterns.

1.Aubrey Cardigan                       2.Beach Cusps Cowl                       3.Dalton Cardigan

 

4.Florentine Filigree Cowl     5.Junior Goat Herder Pullover       6.La Jolla Shores Cowl

 

7.Mont Tremblant Cowl       8.Port Townsend Swing Cardi           9.Walker Baby Blanket

La Jolla Shores Cowl

Designed for my Fall 2019 Knit For Fun Retreat in La Jolla, California, The La Jolla Shores Cowl features yarnover increases and directional decreases in a modified Old Shale pattern. To me, the scalloped pattern represents clusters of flowers, which are all so abundant in Southern California.

The pattern repeats over 17 stitches and 12 rounds and is easy to memorize if markers are placed at the end of every 17-stitch repeat.

The fingering weight yarn is a luxurious blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon in a bright pink colorway specially dyed for the retreat participants by Yarning For You, located in nearby San Marcos, California.

Both charted and written instructions are provided.

Use the code LAJOLLA to receive 20% off the Ravelry purchase price of La Jolla Shores Cowl between now and midnight Mountain Standard Time on Friday, October 18, 2019.

La Jolla Shores Cowl

Designed for my Fall 2019 Knit For Fun Retreat in La Jolla, California, this cowl features yarnover increases and directional decreases in a modified Old Shale pattern. To me, the scalloped pattern represents clusters of flowers, which are all so abundant in Southern California.

The pattern repeats over 17 stitches and 12 rounds and is easy to memorize if markers are placed at the end of every 17-stitch repeat.

The yarn is a luxurious blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon in a bright pink colorway specially dyed for the retreat participants by Yarning For You, located in nearby San Marcos, California.

Both charted and written instructions are provided.

A New Cowl Pattern

Designed for my Fall 2019 Knit For Fun Retreat in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, The Mont Tremblant Cowl features cables and directional decreases in a diagonal pattern that makes me think of ski and snowboard trails in the snow.

The relatively simple pattern repeats over18 stitches and 6 rounds. The yarn, a delightful DK-weight blend of 90% superwash merino and 10% silk was specially dyed by Canadian dyer Julie Asselin in a colorway inspired by the blue water of Lac Tremblant and named Knit For Fun.

Both charted and written instructions are provided.

Use the code TREMBLANT to receive 20% off the Ravelry purchase price of Mont Tremblant Cowl between now and midnight Mountain Standard Time on Friday, August 30, 2019.

Mont Tremblant Cowl

Designed for my Fall 2019 Knit For Fun Retreat in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, this cowl features cables and directional decreases in a diagonal pattern that makes me think of ski and snowboard tracks in the snow. The relatively simple pattern repeats over 18 stitches and 6 rounds and is easily memorized. The yarn, a delightful DK-weight blend of 90% superwash merino and 10% silk was specially dyed by Canadian dyer Julie Asselin in a colorway inspired by the blue water of Lac Tremblant and called “Knit For Fun.”

Both charted and written instructions are provided.

To change the circumference of the cowl, add or subtract cast-on stitches in multiples of 18. Every 18 stitches added or subtracted will change the circumference by about 2 3/4″ (7 cm). You may need more yarn if you make the cowl larger.

To change the height of the cowl, add or subtract multiples of the 6-round pattern. Every 6 rounds added or subtracted will change the height by about 3/4″ (2 cm). You may need more yarn if you make the cowl taller.

For easier knitting, place a marker after every 18-stitch repeat.

Beach Cusps Cowl

I’ve added a new cowl pattern on Ravelry.

Designed for my Spring 2019 Knit For Fun Retreat in Freeport, Maine, this lacy cowl is named for the cuspate deposits of beach material created by wave action along shorelines. The rolled cast-on and bind-off edges and scallops in the modified Old Shale stitch pattern mimic rippling waves, the eyelets are reminiscent of sea foam, and the garter ridges represent undulating deposits of seaweed, shells, and sea glass.

The yarn is a luxurious blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon in a specially dyed Sea Glass colorway by Maine’s own Seven Sisters Arts.

Worked in the round, the pattern repeats over 18 stitches and 10 rounds.

Use the code BEACH to receive 20% off the purchase price of Beach Cusps Cowl on Ravelry between now and midnight Saturday, June 29.

Beach Cusps Cowl

Designed for my Spring 2019 Knit For Fun Retreat in Freeport, Maine, this lacy cowl is named for the cuspate deposits of beach material created by wave action along shorelines. The rolled cast-on and bind-off edges and scallops in the modified Old Shale stitch pattern mimic rippling waves, the eyelets are reminiscent of sea foam, and the garter ridges represent undulating deposits of seaweed, shells, and sea glass.

The yarn is a luxurious blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon in a specially dyed Sea Glass colorway by Seven Sisters Arts. Worked in the round, the pattern repeats over 18 stitches and 10 rounds.

The cowl shown used all but a couple yards (meters) of one skein of the chosen yarn.

To make a cowl with a larger or smaller circumference, add or subtract stitches from the cast-on in multiples of 18. Every 18 stitches added or subtracted will change the circumference by about 31/4” (8.5 cm). You will need more yarn if making a larger cowl.

To make a taller or shorter cowl, add or subtract multiples of the 10-round pattern before working Rnds 1–3 to finish. Every 10 rounds added or subtracted will change the height by about 11/4” (3.2 cm). You will need more yarn if making a taller cowl.

Florentine Filigree Cowl

Designed for the Lambs On The Run trip to Italy in March of 2019, this lacy cowl takes inspiration from Italian art and architecture. The stitch pattern is Roman Stripe from Barbara Walker’s A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, while the colorway is Italian Marble, specially dyed for this project by Theodora’s Pearls.

The cowl is worked in the round in a reversible pattern that repeats over 2 stitches and 14 rounds. Instructions are given in both chart and round-by-round form. The cowl begins with a Channel Island cast-on and ends with a matching Channel Island bind-off for decorative edges. Links for YouTube video demonstrations of the decorative cast-on and bind-off are provided.

Knit For Fun, Canada, ReCap

I can’t believe that it’s already been four weeks since my Knit For Fun Retreat in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. My rock star teachers were (left to right) Bristol Ivy, Justyna Lorkowska, and Carson Demers. The outstanding marketplace was hosted by (left to right) sisters Barb Barone and Cynthia Hyslop of River City Yarns in Edmonton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eighty-some attendees, ranging in age from their twenties to their eighties and traveling from both the U.S. and Canada, joined us at the very comfortable DoubleTree by Hilton where there was ample space for community knitting and camaraderie.

Included with a lot of other stupendous swag, each attendee received the yarn and pattern to make the Silver Lining cowl (shown at right), which is now available for purchase through Ravelry. The bulky-weight yarn is Merino Slipper by Fleece Artist dyed in the custom Silver Lining colorwary and is only available from River City Yarns. 

We’re shaking things up for our Canadian retreat in 2019. The retreat will take place in Quebec at the four-diamond Fairmont Tremblant hotel in the mountain resort of Mont-Tremblant August 8 – 11. Check out the details on my website. Registration opens December 7 at 10:00 am Mountain Standard Time.