I’ve been busy starting my hand-dyed yarn business the last couple of months. I love dyeing yarn and one of my favorite techniques is to create variegated yarns. Of course, then that leaves one with a beautiful hank of dyed yarn and wondering what to make with it.
The end result is that I designed this new cowl pattern, A Day at the Pond, which is free on Ravelry. It’s basically a ribbed cowl with ribs made of Estonian 3-into-3 clusters. I knit this with a size 5 needle so it’s a drape-y type fabric but has elasticity and stretch due to the ribbed effect.
The pattern is a simple three row repeat and is easily customized to be worked into a longer loop but the height won’t be as high. Another option would be to cast on fewer stitches and you’ll have enough yarn out of a standard hank of sock yarn to make the cowl taller. What I love about it is that there’s enough texture in the cowl that “shows” through the variegated yarn.
If you’d like to see what yarns I’ve dyed so far, visit my other site, https://splashofcoloryarns.com. I’m working on getting my logo updated and working on setting up an Etsy shop for selling my yarns.
I am beginning to get a stash of leftover sock yarn and was enthralled with Wendy Johnson’s Leftovers Cowl. I favor purples, greens, and turquoise and here is the progress so far.
I didn’t make the cowl as wide as she did as I only cast on 122 stitches but I love the sense of accomplishment at having finished another repeat of a certain design. Someone asked me when I expect to be done with it and I hope to be wearing it this fall.
I usually have two projects going at once because sometimes I need something that is simpler to knit depending upon the situation.
I wanted to share my latest design that I’ve published in Ravelry today. It’s called the Swirling Ridges Cowl and is a lacy and lightweight accessory. It’s got a very easy-to-remember pattern and the unique thing is that despite you thinking it’s going to run vertical, the design slants to the right. Go figure!
Modeling Swirling Ridges Cowl
Flat on the table
I’ve found some yarn in my stash and am thinking about making another cowl but making it longer so I can wrap it around my neck.
Well, I’ve not been able to knit for a few months because of an injury to my right elbow which I had surgically fixed last week. Now, I’m in the healing process. I tried knitting two days ago, after I got the cast off, but I only made it 6 stitches before I had to put the work down.
I’ve completed another design for a cowl with sock-weight yarn and will be publishing that soon in Ravelry.
Boy, has this been a cold winter so far! Brrrrrrrrrrr.
My latest design, Cozy Slanted Cowl, is free for the month of February. Happy Valentine’s day! Here is a link to download the pattern even if you aren’t a member of the fantastic Ravelry community.
Cozy Slanted Cowl
Modeling Cozy Slanted cowl
I have made a few of these cowls and they are really nice to have around your neck and the softer the yarn the better! While the cowl in the pattern was made using Loops & Threads Charisma yarn from Michael’s, any chunky yarn would make a nice cowl. For me, there’s something relaxing about having a soft cowl rub up against my cheeks in the cold.
Well, I finished my cowl and it’s very soft and warm. I made this cowl taller than my other ones because after you wear them for a few hours, they sort of “fall” and scrunch down. I chose this yarn because of all the different colors in it so it should go nice with the variety of sweaters and turtlenecks I have.
Modeling Honey Cowl
Here it is lying flat. I used a seed stitch border instead of a ribbed border for something different.
Honey cowl in Berroco’s Borealis
1 1/2 skeins of Berroco’s Borealis (3.5 oz/100 g and 108 yds)