Cowls

Silver Linings

In honor of my Fall 2018 Knit For Fun Retreat in Edmonton, Canada, I designed a thick and cushy cowl to protect against frigid temperatures and blustery winds.

The bulky yarn is Merino Slipper, hand dyed by Fleece Artist in a custom colorway that resembles the stark contrast between bare trees and snow-covered fields. Named “Silver Lining,” the colorway is a reminder that there’s beauty in even the harshest of landscapes.

The simple texture pattern repeats over just four stitches and two rounds, and is easily memorized. At a gauge of just 2.75 stitches/inch, it’s possible to complete the cowl in a single evening.

The Silver Lining cowl is now available on Ravelry. Get 20% off the $6 purchase price by using the code SILVER LINING before midnight November 25.

Silver Lining

In honor of my Fall 2018 Knit For Fun Retreat in Edmonton, Canada, this thick and cushy cowl is designed to protect against frigid temperatures and blustery winds.

The bulky yarn is Merino Slipper, hand dyed by Fleece Artist in a custom colorway that resembles the stark contrast between bare trees and snow-covered fields. Named “Silver Lining,” the colorway is a reminder that there’s beauty in even the harshest of landscapes.

The simple texture pattern repeats over just four stitches and two rounds, and is easily memorized. At a gauge of just 2.75 stitches/inch, it’s possible to complete the cowl in a single evening.

The cowl shown used the entire skein of yarn; you will need more yarn if you choose to make a larger cowl.

To adjust the circumference, cast on more or fewer stitches in groups of 4; every 4 stitches added or removed will change the circumference by about 11/2” (3.8 cm). Adding width will require reducing the length of the cowl if a single skein is to be used.

To adjust the height, work more or fewer repeats of the 2-round pattern; every 2 rounds added or removed will change the height by about 1/2” (1.3 cm). Adding length will require reducing the circumference if a single skein is to be used.

To ensure flexible cast-on and bind-off edges, use stretchy cast-on and bind-off techniques. The cowl shown was cast on using the Old Norwegian/Twisted German method, and bound off using the Sewn method.

A New Cowl Pattern

For each of my Knit For Fun Retreats I design a cowl and give the pattern along with specially-dyed yarn to each attendee. For my recent retreat in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, I designed Crimson Leaves Cowl, which I’ve now uploaded on Ravelry. 

This lacy cowl pays homage to the stunning autumn colors of turning leaves. The luxurious yarn is MCN Fingering (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon) dyed by Wisconsin’s own Sun Valley Fibers.

The simple lace pattern resembles panels of paired leaves. It repeats over 18 stitches and 4 rounds, and it easy to follow once the panels are established. Unlike most lace patterns, this one includes increases and decreases every round–there are no “rest” rounds.

A tidy row of eyelets borders the scalloped cast-on and bind-off edges. I used the Old Norwegian (also called Twisted German) cast-on and the Sewn bind-off for matching top and bottom edges, but you can use the methods of your choice.

Between now and midnight October 26, you can get 20% off the price of this pattern by using the code RED LEAVES when checking out on Ravelry.

 

Crimson Leaves Cowl

In honor of my Fall 2018 Knit For Fun Retreat in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, this textured cowl pays homage to the stunning autumn colors of the area. the luxurious yarn is MCN Fingering (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon) in a “Crimson Leaves” colorway dyed for the retreat by Wisconsin’s own Sun Valley Fibers.

The simple lace pattern resembles panels of paired leaves. It repeats over 18 stitches and 4 rounds, and is easy to follow once the panels are established. A tidy row of eyelets borders the scalloped cast-on and bind-off edges. I used the Old Norwegian (also known as Twisted German) cast-on and the Sewn bind-off matching top and bottom edges, but you can use the methods of your choice.

Savannah Trees Cowl

I’ve put a new pattern up on Ravelry!

Savannah Trees Cowl was designed as a tribute to the historic Savannah location of my Spring 2018 Knit For Fun Retreat. The yarn is Jones Street Sport from Savannah’s own The Copper Corgi Fiber Studio, dyed in a custom Moss and Leaves colorway.  The stitch pattern includes mirrored cables to reflect gnarled tree trunks and dropped stitches to reflect the lacy effect of moss hanging off limbs.

The stitch pattern, which repeats over 25 stitches and 6 rows, is based on a simple k4, p1 rib so, other than the cable-crossing rows, the knitting is quite straightforward. The lacy vertical columns are created on the bind-off row by dropping the purl stitches each side of the center plain knit-4 column. So easy!

Get 20% off the $6.00 price by using the code TREES by midnight Friday, May 18.

Knit happy!

Savannah Trees

As a tribute to the historic Savannah location of my Spring 2018 Knit For Fun Retreat, the yarn and stitch pattern in this cowl represents ancient trees covered with Spanish moss. The yarn is Jones Street Sport from Savannah’s own The Copper Corgi Fiber Studio, dyed in a custom Moss and Leaves colorway. The stitch pattern includes mirrored cables to reflect gnarled tree trunks and dropped stitches to reflect the lacy effect of moss hanging off limbs.

The stitch pattern, which repeats over 25 stitches and 6 rows, is based on a simple k4, p1 rib so, other than the cable-crossing rows, the knitting is quite straightforward. The lacy vertical columns are created on the bind-off row by dropping the purl stitches each side of the center plain knit-4 column. So easy!

Another Cowl Pattern

I’ve uploaded another new cowl pattern on Ravelry. I’m in the habit of designing a special cowl for each of my Knit For Fun Retreats, and sourcing a special yarn colorway to go with it. Ice Ripples Cowl was designed as the free pattern for my Knit For Fun Retreat in Edmonton, Alberta (November, 2017). There are two versions–one short and one long–of this cozy cowl to protect against the long, dark frozen days of Northern winters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The long version is suitable for double wrapping; the other version is short and wide. Both options use a lofty tuck stitch pattern that reminds me of ice ripples, hence the name.

The tucks are formed by working the purl bump fine rounds below together with the stitch on the needle. Each tuck is made up of 6 stitches; the placement of the tucks shifts brick fashion. The cast-on and bind-off edges are hemmed to echo the tucks throughout the cowl.

This easily memorized pattern makes a great showcase for River City Yarns Eden (81% merino, 10% polyamide, 9% cashmere) in a semi-solid icy colorway, called Snowdrift, that was dyed specifically for the retreat.

Use the code IceRipples20% to get 20% off the $6.00 purchase price until midnight Friday, November 24.

Alpine Rings Cowl

Commemorating my second Knit For Fun Retreat in Estes Park, Colorado, this simple cowl features alternating stockinette- and reverse stockinette-stitch welts. Although it appears as though half of the rounds are purled, they are all, in fact, knitted. The work is simply turned around every 12th round so that the “inside” alternated with the “outside” to create a reversible piece. The “wrap and turn” short-row technique is used to help hide the small holes that form when the knitting changes direction. This satisfyingly easy pattern makes a great showcase for Vice Yarns Shameless (70% merino, 20% silk, 10% cashmere), shown here in a colorway designed exclusively for the 2016 Knit For Fun Retreat in Estes Park, Colorado. It would also look great in a solid, gradient, or any other type of hand-dyed yarn.

Park City Cowl

Commemorating the first Knit For Fun Retreat in Park City, Utah, this simple cowl features an embossed diagonal stitch pattern that repeats over 12 stitches and 24 rounds. It begins with a Channel Island cast-on, followed by a few garter ridges, and ends with a few garter ridges, followed by a Channel Island bind-off for tidy, roll-free edges at the top and bottom.

Worked in fingering-weight gradational yarn inspired by the colors of the Canyon Lands of Utah, this cowl has an earthy, geological look.

The cowl shown uses one skein (300 yards [274 meters]/75 g) of Vice Yarns Blurred Lines (90% superwash merino, 10% nylon) in the custom Knit For Fun Retreat colorway Canyon Lands. Most any sock yarn could be substituted.

Cat Cay Cowl

I designed this cowl as I anticipated vacation in the Bahamas. During the cold of later winter, I can’t help envisioning beach scenes. Hence, the cables (ropes), diamond patterns (flags), and small pebbly patterns (ripples on the water), all worked in an ocean-blue color in this cowl.
Finished measurements
About 21” circumference and 7½” tall
Yarn
Tern by Quince & Co.
• 1 skein Boothbay Blue 145
(Note: There is very little yarn leftover; consider buying an extra skein for insurance.)