Over the weekend, I set a new knitting pattern out into the wild: Haworth, the crazy cuddly and cabled cozy. No, that’s not its official name, I just got carried away with alliteration. Haworth is available for free via Ravelry and this here blog (download link below and on the sidebar to the right), just download away and start knittin’.
The story of Haworth is a little bit silly, kind of round-about, and totally dragged out. Sometime last summer, I decided I’d make my mother a hot water bottle cozy for Christmas. Mom is always chilly, always, but didn’t believe that a hot water bottle could really make that much of a difference to wintertime comfort. Even way back then, I had a pattern all picked out: the beautiful Winterberry cozy by Cecelia Brandner. I love that pattern. My plan was to knit it right away, to have one gift all done and ready to go before the summer was even over. But I knew it’d be a quick enough knit, so I kept putting it off. And then because I knew it would be a quick enough knit, it became a lower priority than the bigger, more labor-intensive gifts that weren’t finished. I figured I could still get it done even if I started it just a few days before Christmas.
But then – and here’s where it gets a little dumb – I started to worry that the only suitable stash yarn I had (some leftover Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran) wouldn’t be enough. Fearing that I’d run out with no time to spare, and refusing to use anything but stash yarn, I decided to … design one from scratch? With loads of cables and seed stitch and bobbles? Yeah, because that won’t stretch the yardage to its very limits. In retrospect, this was crazy people logic, but I can’t be held responsible for decisions made during Christmas crafting panic.
With literally days to go, I set to designing this hot water bottle cozy, sort out a buttonband across the back without having to knit in pieces and seam (a decision made purely because I didn’t have time for that crap) and out came Haworth. Except it wasn’t quite there yet – the one I made for my mother was lovely, and since I’d done all that work, I figured I might as well offer it up for everyone else. But by the time I went to write it up, I wasn’t sure what my notes meant and what I could make out didn’t quite knit properly. It took a lot of deciphering and re-designing to get a pattern other people could actually understand. And because I only tinkered with it here and there, it took months to get it all finished.
But, finally, it’s here! I’ve named it Haworth after the charming town the Brontë sisters were from, because its old-fashioned feel made me think of curling up with one of their novels on a cold, wintery day. The pattern uses an aran / worsted weight yarn, and will work best with a bouncy pure wool yarn. Drapey yarns with silk or whatever are lovely, but cables pop best with pure wool. I used Valley Yarns Amherst, 100g / 200yds. Cascade 220 would be awesome, too. You’ll also need three buttons for the back, and a crochet hook and scrap yarn to work a provisional cast on. The rest of the pattern details are available on the Haworth Ravelry page, or you can just go for it and download the pattern now!
As always, if you knit one, please stop by and let me know – I’d love to see it!