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Stitches West Release: Castilleja Cowl!

Ohmygosh you guysssss! I've been sitting on this for months and I'm so so so excited to finally release it! 

Castilleja Cowl

This collaboration between me and Tria of Material Culture Fiber Arts is all thanks to the ladies of the Yarnover Truck, Barbra and Maridee. It couldn't have been a better pairing (in my humble opinion, of course). ;)

The Castilleja Cowl ('Castilleja' being the Latin name for the Indian Paintbrush plant) is inspired by my Spytacular shawl but is worked the opposite way. We begin at the longest end and work our way down to the last stitch. What? Yes ma'am - no binding off! It's pretty awesome. 

Where to find it?

So this little beauty of a shawl is going to be on display at The Yarnover Truck at Stitches West this year - booth 1048 - where kits will be available for you to purchase right at the show! You'll get a copy of the pattern and the yarn needed to make your very own cowl. Seems like a pretty good jam to me! 

And guess what? I'll be at the Truck from noon to 2pm on Friday, February 24th, talking about this cowl and sharing some of my other designs to get your fingers itching to cast on! 

Can't make it to Stitches West?

No problem! I'd definitely love to meet everyone face to face but I know it's a big wide world and we can't get to EVERY single yarn-y event out there. So! To get your own copy of this pattern, you can download it from my Store on Ravelry or on my website

Here's the details about the cowl...

The Story

Growing up, as a Girl Guide, I spent a lot of time outdoors hiking. One of the only plants I remembered distinctly was the Indian Paintbrush, Latin name Castilleja. When this Indian Paintbrush colorway came my way, it became only too clear that it deserved to be something as special as that wild plant from my youth.


  • Material Culture Fiber Arts Modern Era (sock/fingering weight; 75% superwash merino, 15% nylon, 10% tencel; 430 yds / 4 oz skein) 1 skein ‘Indian Paintbrush’
  • US 4 (3.5mm) 24” circular needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Removable Markers (optional, for seaming)

Finished Size

21-inch neck circumference, 29-inch, shoulder circumference, 17-inches tall at front, 10-inches tall at back.


22 sts and 34 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch after blocking


  • This cowl is knit flat, starting at the Picot edge, and decreased to the top corner. The cowl is wet-blocked and them seamed post-blocking.
  • This pattern includes written instructions.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • This pattern begins with a Picot Cast-On. If you prefer to work a non-decorative edge, a standard Long Tail Cast-On is recommended.
  • While detailed written instructions are provided for the Picot Cast-On, if you are unfamiliar with the technique, I recommend this video: http://tinyurl.com/hd3jq5k
  • Two other Cast On methods are used in this pattern. Here are some helpful tutorial videos if you are unfamiliar with these Cast Ons:

What are you waiting for?

Head on over to my Ravelry Store to get your copy of the Castilleja Cowl. Then head over to Tria's Etsy page and pick some amazing yarn. Grab your needles and a cuppa and get down to it! You won't regret it!

If you're on social media, feel free to tag #unapologeticknitter (or use @notsorryknitter on IG) so I can see your amazing creations! I can't wait to see your Cowls!

New Pattern: Elevensies Shawl

Sometimes an opportunity knocks and you just gotta open that door! One of those opportunities actually went into my Spam folder in June of this year and nearly got missed! But thankfully, I always check my Spam folder before I do a mass Delete, and because I did, I was given the opportunity to collaborate with two awesome teams: The Yarnover Truck and Space Cadet Yarns!

The Yarnover Truck, which, if you're unfamiliar, is similar to the current food trend - food on trucks driving to specific locations and selling their wares - but with YARN! And their latest brain child is a collaboration Yarn Club with Space Cadet Yarns. In each Yarn Club box that arrives, you'll receive not only a skein of yarn, but both a knit and a crochet pattern, never before released, designed specifically for the colorway and base provided in the shipment. So cool, right? 

Welp... I got to design for their second shipment, just last month! The Space Cadet base, Maia, was full of luscious, luscious bamboo and the colorway was inspired by Palm Desert. The end result was a simply shaped shawl, perfect for a bamboo-rich base, that highlights the colorways created by the dyer! This pattern is now live on Ravelry, HERE!


The Story

Whether it’s 11am or 11pm, you’re going to want to wear this Palm Desert inspired shawl with your favorite summer wardrobe. The lightweight fabric, created by a combination of eyelets and garter, in partner with a gorgeous bamboo-based fiber, is perfect for any time of day, and can be worn multiple ways: as a kerchief, shawled over your shoulders or even as a sarong cover-up for those pool side excursions. The simplicity of the pattern truly allows any variegated or multi-colored yarn to shine!


  • Space Cadet Maia (fingering weight; 80% bamboo, 20% superwash merino wool; 400 yds/100g per skein): 1 skein ‘Palm Desert’
  • US 4 (3.5mm) 32” circular needle (or preferred length)
  • Removable stitch marker (optional)

Finished Dimensions

55 inch wingspan by 14 inches tall (additional dimensions provided in the schematic on Page 3)


23 sts and 48 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch after blocking


  • This shawl is an asymmetrical shape and worked flat. Written instructions are provided for the entirety of the shawl.
  • It is recommended to clip a removable stitch marker to the RS of the work to differentiate from the WS as this is a garter knit shawl.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • This shawl best fits a 32” circular needle however the user may substitute longer or shorter needles for comfort.
  • Although gauge is not critical for this project, a looser gauge than noted will result in the use of more yardage. The pattern, while written for a 400 yd skein of yarn, also includes instructions on how to use the maximum amount of yardage in any size skein of fingering weight yarn.