cowl

When to say when …

I seem to be on about a two week rotation right now with knitting and embroidery. I binge on one so severely that, after about two weeks, I desperately need a break from it. Which of course makes me go crazy for the other and I end up starting a million new projects at once.

Which is exactly what I’ve been doing for the last few days. The G on my Sajou sampler had me stumped so a break seemed sensible. I like to let these things roll around in my head a bit before I decide what to do. So I started the Umaro blanket (pattern by Brooklyn Tweed, see it on Ravelry) and have made some decent progress already.

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And then the Terra shawl, also by Brooklyn Tweed. (He’s amazing.)

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I blame this one on my awesome friend Holly, because she was knitting a Terra so beautiful and squishy, I just couldn’t resist.

Then I spied a delicious Big Herringbone Cowl on Instagram, knitted by the also awesome Jaclyn, and had to cast on for that too.

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Oy vey, have I no self-control?!?! But in my defence, all of these new projects are using up stash yarn, which is always nice. On the other hand, there’s a good chance I’m going to run into yardage issues on all of them, which could mean trying to hunt down and buy more. Not really in the spirit of stashbusting.

In any case, I think it might officially be time to say when. These WIPs are in serious danger of getting out of control. And I’m not even counting the cardigan I’m meant to be knitting for my brother, or the socks that don’t ever seem to grow, or the new designs I’m going to start messing with this week. I’m pretty sure my project basket is at its maximum capacity.

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And you know what? I’m already starting to feel itchy for the Sajou sampler again. Oh boy.

Flurries! (A new knitting pattern by me)

Flurries, a cowl and fingerless mitts set

When my laptop died, or passed out, I had just set up my first knitting pattern for sale on Ravelry. I’d been working on it in little bits for ages, had it tested by some generous and kind knitters, uploaded it and set a price and then a few hours later … pbbbt. Jacques (the laptop, obviously) just had enough.

So I never got to tell you about it! It’s been so long, I kind of can’t even remember where the inspiration came from initially, but I do know I’ve always loved thrummed mittens. I love the tiny little hearts of color polka dotting the surface and the endless adorable color combinations you could knit. However, I have never lived anywhere even remotely cold enough for thrums. I’d be sweating through them in minutes here in the southern-ish UK, and Holland was no different.

Re-creating the cuteness of thrums with stranded colorwork was a no-brainer: easy knitting and adorable?! Awesome. Reluctance to use a regular old ribbing pattern for edging led me to wee tiny cables, adding a little delicate detail to an otherwise very simple-and-quick knit. All together, it reminded me of the gentle quiet of the first snow of the winter: Flurries.

Flurries, a cowl and fingerless mitts set

This pattern includes instructions for a cowl and matching fingerless gloves set. You’ll need to know how to knit stranded colorwork and cables, but both are just about the simplest of either you could ask for, so this set would be a great project for beginners of either (or both) skill. The cabled edging and colorwork stitch patterns are charted only but, again, because the stitch patterns are fairly simple and intuitive once you get started, this might be a good project to learn that on too.

Yarn:
Rowan Pure Wool 4 Ply 50g/160yd per skein
3 skeins main color (MC), 1 skein contrast color (CC)
This amount will make full set of cowl and mitts.

Approximate amounts per item:
Cowl: 75g MC, 15g CC
Mitts: 50g MC, 10g CC

Needles:
Cowl: 2.25mm & 3.0mm circular needles, 16”/40cm
length
Mitts: 2.25mm & 3.0mm preferred needle type for knitting
small diameters in the round
Or sizes needed to obtain gauge

Finished Size:
Cowl: 10.5” tall and 21” circumference
Mitts: to fit hand circumference (measured around
knuckles) of 7.5”

Use the button above (you do not need to be a Ravelry member to purchase the pattern) to get your own Flurries pattern and knit away. Of course, if you do knit it, pretty please add photos to Ravelry or come back here to show them off. I’d love to see how your Flurries turn out!

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