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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!

Book Review: 50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit

Who doesn't love some garter stitch? 

Well... me! Or at least that was the case when I picked up my needles 6 or so years ago. I thought it was dull and "just for beginners" and I didn't want to be stuck as a beginner. So I made everything I possibly could in stockinette. 

Within the last year or so I have fully embraced the beauty that is the garter stitch (not to mention the speed) and so this book review perfectly assimilates my love of knitting for others, and my new-found appreciation for garter stitch. 

50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit

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5o Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit is a BEAUTIFUL book. I've had it for a month or so, now, and every time I pick it up I find a new project that I want to knit. Some of them wouldn't be gifts - they'd be for me - but most of them I want to make for other people. 

My top 5 in no particular order are: 

The Lace-Edge Shawlette by Cheryl Murray. The simplicity of the shaping paried with the colors chosen make this project LOOK super challenging but I know it would be a lot of fun to make. 

The Mobius Hat by Candace Eisner Strick. I actually have yet to learn how to work a mobius cast-on but the pattern in the book gives a very clear description on how to cast-on and get started working in the round. 

The Graphic Mosaic Cowl by Susan Lowman. The design, albeit very simple, is STUNNING. I've actually never worked stranded colorwork in garter before (always in stockinette) and I can't wait to make this (this is one I'd probably want to keep very badly)!

The Button Top Pincushions by Nicole Feller-Johnson KILL ME! They're so absolutely adorable and I know so many seamstresses that these just scream "Make me and give me to all your friends". 

And last but certainly not least is the Girl's or Boy's Pocket Cardi. While I don't have kids of my own, so many of my friends do, or are about to, and these are pefectly sweet for the kiddos I know. Plus - who doesn't love a quick kids knit?

Beyond the Patterns

Of course the book is all about the patterns but beyond that there are some key elements that I feel, as a book nerd, I should share. The first and foremost, in my opinion, is that the book lays flat. Not like "I have to break the spine and the book only opens well to certain pages" but I just open the book to my favorite page and it stays there. That makes me ridiculously happy. 

The colors! Oh the colors in this book. The patterns are worked in fun colorways that are inspiring, the images, and there are SO many of them, are bright, and full page and just wonderful. I can't say enough about them. 

And lastly, and again, certainly not least, the Helpful Information and Glossary sections: they're awesome! There's a chart to convert US and Metric needle sizes, a full list of the abbreviations used in the book, and then full color techniques drawn up so that you're never left wondering how to work a stitch. The glossary even has pictures of the projects that the particular stitch skill is used in so you know you're in the exact right place. It's so effortless. I love it! 

So there you go! Go get the book! You can buy it online on Amazon HERE. Make sure to leave a review on Amazon once you fall in love with the book. It's a wonderful resource and will delight you as the knitter, and the recipients of your knitted gifts, for years! 

Happy Garter-ing!