Sep 252012

I swear the city of Prague glows at night.  Unlike many western cities with their neon and eerily green-blue nights, central Prague radiates this love with its warm lighting.  It’s so welcoming and cozy, like the illumination itself is wrapping you up and keeping you warm.  This sensation is what inspired this cowl.

I have two pet peeves with most cowls for winter-wear: 1) looseness in the neck makes them drafty and 2) my lower chest often feels unloved and naked unless I have my jacket zipped.  This cowl was my answer to both.

Praha is worked flat then seamed in the back. Ribbing creates a very elastic cowl, allowing no need for closures. Short rows give it a close fitting shaping.

The Details:

Yarn: DK weight yarn. The sample above is shown Tosh DK

Yardage: Approximately 150yds

Gauge: 26sts and 25 rows = 4 inches / 10cm in k3p2 ribbing, unstretched

Suggested needle size: US size 7 and 8

Price: $4

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Sep 052012

To me, this is the best ever time of year.  Pumpkins, soups, sitting in the sun without sweating, but most importantly, the return of wool accessories!  Oh, such a relief to allow my hands to no longer be naked.  To celebrate, here is the first of the hand-related Wattsolak patterns of the fall.

This is my second pattern based on a drawing of my husband Daniel’s (the first of which was Bean Monster).  The original drawing was for a show poster for his band In Better Senses.

I love the early 20th century horror film feel to the poster.  You can almost hear Orson Welles’ voice in the background.  When I first saw his sketch I knew this had to be translated to colorwork!

I’m quite happy with the end result!  I know this is partially due to the Malabrigo Finito of the sample.  Drool.  I can’t wait to nest my hands inside these on snowy days.

There is also a special significance of the release date of this joint creative project: today is our 9th wedding anniversary!  Hooray for us!

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of
   fingering weight yarn.
   100% wool will work best.
   The sample above is
   shown in Malabrigo Finito.
Yardage:   180-225yds of
   the darker color, 75-95yds
   of the lighter
Suggested needle size:
   US size 1 for small
   US size 2 for large

Price: $5

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