Keeping cozy with my new cowl

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

Cozy Slanted Cowl

  
cozy slanted cowl being worn

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.

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

I’ve just released a FREE dishcloth pattern on Ravelry called Hearts Galore.  It’s a textured dishcloth with alternating hearts and small squares which help with scrubbing.  The pattern is free and can be downloaded here. If you are not a member of the awesome Ravelry community, you can still get the pattern from this link.

Hearts Galore dishcloth

Hearts Galore

Best Friends Forever hat

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I’d share a recent design I published on Ravelry.  It’s called the Best Friends Forever hat and the idea is that you can take two skeins of yarn and create two hats – one for you and your best friend!

Red and white BFF hats

Pair of hats in coordinating colors

Knitted hats that are made from the bottom up typically have crown shaping created by knitting two stitches together at certain intervals. In my design, I decided to purl the two stitches together. This produces a unique pattern as shown below. I figured “Why not be different?”

crown shaping with P2tog

Decreases made with P2tog stitch

The patterns calls for Cascade 220 Superwash but I think any lightweight worsted yarn would work. I’ve noticed that some of my newer Cascade 220 Superwash is thinner than some other “worsted” weight yarns so it might be closer to a DK. Whichever yarn you use, you should make a gauge swatch to make sure your hat will be the right size.

So, have you thought of what colors you might have in your stash?