cowl

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!

NEW PATTERN: JAKKU JAKKU COWL

I'm always honored when a collaboration is requested, either by a dyer or by a company, such as was the case with Jakku Jakku: The Yarnover Truck asked me to design a one-skein project for their yarn club featuring Apple Tree Knits. And when I pulled my skein of "Star Wars" out of the mail, I knew it had to be a squishy cowl: something fun and approachable to knit, but also something that will become a staple in the wardrobe. The soft grey's and blacks on the neutral white background make it easy to wear with everything in my closet. 

JAKKU JAKKU

Ok, so maybe it's not the best thing to wear if you're a bandit... but it will keep your neck warm and cozy without awkward bunching. The back of the cowl is shorter than the front it's the perfect height to wear on it's own, inside a jacket, or even tucked into a popped collar (think Diane Keaton)!

Spreading the knitting love to all - save 15% on the hat here on my website or on Ravelry at checkout (no coupon code needed) until 11:59 pst on Friday, February 2nd!

HERE'S THE DETAILS SO YOU CAN MAKE YOUR VERY OWN JAKKU JAKKU!

Materials

Finished Dimensions
19¾” / 50 cm neck circumference, 8” / 20 cm side depth, 14¾” / 37.5 cm front depth

Project Gauge 
20 sts and 40 rows = 4” / 10 cm in garter stitch, knit in the round, after blocking

Notes

  • This cowl is worked both in the round, and flat. While a 16” circumference needle is needed for the work in the round, you may adjust needle length for the portion of the cowl worked flat, if desired.
  • The flat portion of this cowl is created using the Wrap and Turn (W&T) short row method. Instructions are provided to create a W&T.
  • As this cowl is worked in garter you won’t need to pick up the wrap when finishing the short row section. The garter stitch hides the wrap without holes.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • All sts will be slipped purlwise unless otherwise noted.
  • This cowl is designed to use up the majority of a 280 yd / 256 m skein of DK weight yarn. If you are using a DK weight skein with less yardage, reduce the number of rows repeated between each increase row by 1 repeat until you begin working flat.
  • When blocking this cowl, I recommend turning the cowl so that the EOR “seam” is facing up (you are looking at the WS of the short row section). Move the EOR seam o-center so that all 8 points are laid flat on the blocking mat. Pin each point out and allow the cowl to dry flat, off-center. When the cowl is completely dry, you may wish to steam out any fold lines that have occurred during the drying process.

SO? What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and your most scrumptious skein of DK and make a Jakku Jakku