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NEW PATTERNS: A BLUE MOON FIBER ARTS EXTRAVAGANZA!

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This has been a banner week here at The Unapologetic Knitter. For the first time ever, I’ve released 4 patterns… FOUR! It was insanity! It wasn’t planned to go down this way, I assure you, but with one timeline or another changing, this is how it all shook out.

The funniest (saddest?) bit about all of this is that 3 of the 4 patterns have been in the works for over a year… but I digress!

The first of today’s newly released patterns has its roots in a relocation effort up the west coast - when I moved from San Diego to Hillsboro (just outside of Portland, OR)

BACK ON TRACK SHAWLS

The original 4-panel Back on Track shawl (red) was a labor of love; I knit the over-sized wrap/shawl/poncho shortly after relocating to Oregon as we rented a home while we searched for our “forever” home. It was my first time using Blue Moon Fiber Arts and I became an instant fan! The drape from the silk in the Polworth/Silk blend is pretty dang dreamy, and my oh my is it warm! It’s my favorite going-to-the-farmers-market accessory!

The newer 2-panel Back on Track shawl is traditional in its triangular shape but generous enough in size that it can easily wrap around and create an oversized cowl look. I'm pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to choose a favorite between these two!

And today’s second offering is a design I’ve had in mind for quite a few years but not one I ever felt brave enough to try until Tina, of BMFA, said she also loved it. A little support goes a long way!

THE EVERYDAY CARDIGAN

This drop-shoulder cardigan is this knitters dream come true - there’s almost no finishing (save for a tiny seam at the back of the collar and up the sides of the pockets) and is dress-up and dress-down-able on a whim! I will wear this to the grocery store, on my sofa while I knit, and probably any chance I get in the transitional seasons over summer dresses.

And just because I know you’re going to ask, the leather backpack is made by the wonderful talent, Julie, of Split Rail Leather. I promise, if you make the investment, you won’t be sorry. I use this thing EVERY DAY! Much like my cardigan. :)

Wanna save on these patterns?

Now through end of day Sunday, February 17th, you can save 10% off on Ravelry using TUKLUVSBMFA on either of these patterns. Plus, since I do really love BMFA, I’m offering 10% off my other designs featuring their yarn: Cabin Rose Cowl and the White Hart Socks. The same promo code will save you 10% off at checkout on Ravelry!

NEW PATTERN: CABIN ROSE COWL

OK, October… enough with you!

I spent what felt like the entire month on the sofa knitting away on various new designs, unable to share many of them until now. But oh baby am I sharing! I’m so excited to be sharing today’s new release, designed in collaboration with Blue Moon Fiber Art’s Plushy - a super squishy heavy worsted weight superwash merino that feels like a hug when it’s around your neck!

CABIN ROSE COWL

This luscious no-so-little cowl checks a lot of boxes for me as a rather picky knitwear wearer. It’s heavy so it feels like it’s doing it’s job of giving me some warmth. It’s tapered so it’s sits non-fussily around my neck and creates a collar-like look. AND?! It’s mostly stockinette in the round which is definitely my jam.

Now through Sunday, November 11th, 2018 at 11:59pm PST (oh yeah, you’ve got 5 days to get your savings on), you can save 10% at checkout here on my website, or over on Ravelry using code CABINROSE at checkout. And what’s more? When you purchase the pattern on Ravelry, you’ll receive a discount code to use on the yarn. WHAT?! YES! Tina is amazing (she’s the owner and creative spirit behind BMFA) and has generously offered a discount on a skein of Plushy to make this delightful cowl when you purchase a copy of this pattern.**

**Caveat about this yarn discount: it can only be applied to the yarn order at the time of purchase - there is no post-purchase request for the discount on the yarn so please be sure to have the code ready at checkout!

Here’s the details about this cowl to get you going:


THE STORY

My favorite style of cowl is a tapered cowl that slouches comfortably for a nice warm pile of wool around my neck, but also flares out a bit for a collar-effect. This cowl checks all those boxes - and looks lovely, to boot!

MATERIALS

  • Blue Moon Fiber Arts Plushy (worsted weight; 100% superwash merino; approx. 330 yds/ 301 m per 270 g / 9.5 oz skein), 1 skein: ‘Figgy Pudding’; OR 330 yds of heavy worsted / light aran weight yarn

  • US 8 (5 mm) 16, 24 and 32” / 40, 60 and 80 cm circular needles (see Notes)

  • Fixed stitch markers (15; 1 distinct for BOR M)

  • Locking stitch marker (1, optional)

  • Row counter (optional)

  • Cable needle

  • Tapestry needle

FINISHED SIZE

  • 22” / 56 cm neck circumference

  • 34“ / 86.5 cm shoulder circumference

  • 12.5” / 31.5 cm tall

PROJECT GAUGE

17 sts and 27 rows = 4” / 10 cm over stockinette in the round (unstretched), taken after blocking

NOTES

  • This cowl is worked in the round from the top-down, with increases worked at even intervals to create the tapered shape.

  • Written instructions are provided for the entirety of the cowl. Charted instructions are provided for the Cowl Body.

  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.

  • Note that the length of needle cable used will change as you work the cowl. The shortest, 16” / 40 cm length, was used for the cast on, the Top Band and the first section before the first set of increases is worked. The longer cables were used as the circumference of the cowl increased. Use the length that feels most comfortable.

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Save on the pattern. Save on the yarn. Make a ton of gifts for your loved ones for this upcoming holiday season and just ROCK YOUR CABIN ROSE!