Published January 28, 2013
Tags: cowl, free pattern, knitting
I’m on a designing binge lately – though to my shame I confess I have an embarrassing number of WIPs – including (gasp!) Christmas knitting that is long overdue. But really, what’s more exciting than getting an idea in your head and bringing it to life? Against such fun my poor WIPS, including the shawl-that-just-won’t-end don’t stand a chance.
The Jeanette Cowl is like a collection of my favourite things – it’s a worsted weight, one skein project, simple without being boring, classy and good for quick project gratification :) The finished cowl is seamed together to create pockets for a drawstring that gathers it fetchingly at the neck, or is let out to maximize warmth.
You will need 100 grams of worsted weight. A quick word of advice here – though it’s not mandatory, to really shine this piece needs a wet block before seaming. Therefore, I don’t recommend acrylic, or acrylic blends. Wool, wool blends with merino, cashmere or alpaca, all this is perfect :)
The sample is knit using Classic Elite Yarns, Vista, in the colourway ‘Alabaster’, purchased from Eweknit here in Toronto :)
Download the pattern for free on Ravelry – project page here:
Published September 7, 2012
Tags: cowl, Cream and Sugar, knitting
Done at last! This was a great airplane knit. I can’t wait until it’s cold enough to enjoy.
The pattern is the Cream and Sugar Cowl by Alana Dakos. The yarn… oh the yarn. It’s Sweet Georgia’s Cashluxe Fine – a Cashmere/Merino blend that is unbelievable to touch. The yarn was a gift from Yvette, who, without buying me turquoise, knew just what colour to get! This gorgeous, soft and wearable colour way is called ‘Ginger’. Ravelry project page here.
Published August 29, 2012
Tags: cowl, Crochet, free pattern
Cool weather is coming; just last night in Toronto it was downright chilly. Time to stock up on some fall accessories! Mushin is a Japanese term frequently used in Martial Arts training that means ‘Without Mind’. It’s totally appropriate because this is completely the easiest, most mindless project for instant gratification.
I worked this up over a day (no kidding) just carrying it around wherever I went. No TV show or conversation, however complex, will make you err on this simple, sweet crochet project. The simple pattern is great for both solid yarns or that special skein of variegated that you love, but don’t know what to do with ;)
- 4 mm crochet hook
- 335 yards of sport weight yarn
- Sample is using one skein of Malabrigo’s ‘Arroyo’
- in Colourway ‘Jupiter’
- Tapestry needle for weaving in your ends
When lying flat: 12.25 inches wide and 13.25 inches tall.
Download the pattern here!
Ravelry Project Page here!
Published December 21, 2011
Tags: cowl, free, knitting, pattern, scarf, Tanis
I’ve been craving one of those long, loopy scarves – and I found the perfect solution in a free pattern by Madeline Tosh. The Honey Cowl uses up 2 skeins of DK weight yarn in a completely mindless, easy knit that works up fast!
Again, we’re taking the mirror route of photography here….
This slip stitch patten is unbelievably quick and mindless, a good TTC knit. I’m using 2 skeins of TFA Yellow Label DK weight yarn in ‘Deep Sea‘. Deep sea is my favourite these days….it’s taken over from Mallard ;) I love how this simple stitch pattern compliments the subtly varigated yarn.
The slip stitch pattern is also dense and warm. Both sides look lovely;
I could definitely have kept going – but there was a cold snap in Toronto and I wanted to wear it! I did have more than half my 2nd skein of TFA left over, so I’ll be making matching mittens.
My only pattern mods were that I went straight into the pattern without the stockinette border, and that I added a few inches to the length. The stitch pattern is easily modified to make it shorter or longer.
Did I mention that the pattern is available free on Ravelry? Pattern page here!
Published November 23, 2011
Tags: cowl, free pattern, knitting, ninja
I tried out this free pattern from Coco Knits By Julie Weisenberger - the Fear of Commitment Cowl, and I love it!
It’s super flexible, and easy to wear. I bought a few different toggles for the closure – it’s not attached so you can give yourself a few options to play with.
While I was knitting this I couldn’t resist taking a few goofy knitting kninja photos ;)
Yep. Knitting badass.
Before you ask – no I didn’t knit the cowl with my sais, they’re too heavy and taper besides so I’d never get an even stitch. However the shot was so goofy I couldn’t resist.
Check out the rest of the Coco Knits store for other great patterns, both free and for purchase. I saw a poncho on there that’s definitely going on my list!
Published January 11, 2011
Tags: cowl, knitting, Tanis, thermis, yarn
First and most importantly – my kitty is going to be ok =o) He had a bladder infection, but he’s looking much better this morning. Whew!
Lots to say about jewellery lately, so I wanted to put up a knitted FO post – so much going on lately that I’m having trouble keeping up!
This is another Thermis cowl (Ravelry project page here) knitted as a Christmas gift for a friend, who was gifting it to another friend. I made one of these for myself a few months back and I absolutely love cuddling up in this thing! It knits up pretty fast, and it’s warm and squishy.
The colourway is TFA Jewel. Loving this colourway lately, I’ve got only a little left and I’m trying to think of something fun to do with it.
Inspired by the yarn we decided to add a couple of sweet little cubic zirconia drop earrings to match.
There’s a fun story of how we decided to make it purple – We wanted to find out her favourite colour without giving it away, so I put out an open call on facebook to a bunch of our mutual friends asking for everyone’s favourite colours. After finding out hers was purple I knew what colour to make the cowl, and as a bonus, what colour to make everyone else’s Christmas bookmarks. Score!
Here is a pic of my cowl – knitted up in Viola Viola’s Graphite colourway:
More goodies coming up soon:
- I bought a new camera! yay! The Canon 7D – as soon as I have a chance to take it out for a proper maiden voyage I’ll put up pics
- I tackled DPNs! double yay! I made my first mittens, I had forgotten how much fun mittens were, and how warm and comfy. Part of being a grown up was wearing gloves instead of mittens, but forget about it, mittens are the way to go. Mitten shots will be my next posting.
- I bought new yarn! TFA goodness, and a beautiful ocean coloured laceweight Malabrigo for….. my first knitted shawl! I’ve crocheted shawls in the past but never knitted one, so exciting!
- I finally spent a day knitting at the Purple Purl (see above re: yarn) – what a wonderful day. Friends, knitting, tea, cupcakes, and …. new yarn =o)
Yes, life has been fun =o)
Published October 28, 2010
Tags: cowl, knitting, pattern, Viola Viola, yarn
At the KW Knitters Fair I met an artist who dyed her own wool. Her name is Emily and she has an Etsy shop under the name Viola Viola. I fell in love with a colourway of hers called ‘Graphite’ and purchased a skein – and I just had to share the results because this stuff is so beautiful to work with, I love it just as much as I love yarns from TFA (from whom I bought 6 beautiful skeins of the sunset colourway, and still haven’t had time to do anything with them!). I took a break from the show to knit myself a birthday present =o)
The pattern is called Thermis by KrisKnits (Ravelry project page here) and I love it! It knits up fast, is super warm, uses just under one skein of yarn and shows off Emily’s colourway beautifully.