I think I have mentioned it before but I am a knitter. I took it up while I was on mat leave in order to have some fun projects to work on. And I fell in love with it. I have made quite a few baby blankets for friends, scarves and cowls for family and it was time to make something for me!!
I found this fabulous hand-painted yarn that I just loved and had to buy....Koigu! I purchased the yarn I used from Art of Yarn in British Columbia but it is available at many retailers. This is the colourway that I chose for my project.
Photo credit: Art of Yarn (Koigu yarn)
I have been in love with purple for some time now. Beautiful right?
I found a great pattern called the "Reunion Cowl" from Natalie Selles at leeleetea.ca and I really liked it but I wanted a little more of a "lace affect" so I used Natalie's pattern as the inspiration and changed it a little for me. Here's what I came up with...
If you are a knitter and are interested in how I made the cowl here is the "pattern" I created as I went.
- 2 skeins of Koigu yarn (KPPPM 809D)
- 3mm 16" circular needles
CO: 170 stitches, join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches
Row 1- 10: knit all the way around each row (*note: the edges of your cowl will roll up when using this stitch, if you do not want this to happen knit every even row and purl every odd row) You can see how the edges of my cowl roll in the pictures.
Row 11:* k2tog, yo* (*repeat until the end of the row)
Row 12-15: knit
Row 16: * k2tog, yo* (*repeat until the end of the row)
Repeat rows 1-16 until cowl measures the length you want. I knit 5 repeats of rows 11-16 so that I had 5 "lace" repeats.
End with 10 rows of knitting. Bind off and weave in the ends.
Since I made this cowl in the two weeks I was at the cottage with my family I think I shall name it "The Cottage Cowl"! I also see a lot more lace knitting in my future.