Aug 202013

I am so very excited and honored to not only have my Leadville Cowl included in this year’s Interweave Knits Holiday issue but to also be given the cover!  It’s a great issue and my cowl is in the company of some pretty wonderful designs.  You can see the rest of them here!

This cowl is so very close to home in many ways.  First off, it’s named after the small town I was born in up in the Rockies of Colorado.  At two miles in elevation, Leadville can still get chilly at night even in the middle of the summer.  I thought the name was apropos for a super cozy winter accessory, something fit for crispy cool days.

Secondly, this cowl is a collaboration with Interweave whose main offices are located less than an hour from my house.  I love getting to work with local folks and as far as publishers go, this is about as local as I can get!  I love getting to see familiar places in their photo shoots and feeling at home with all their locations.

The Fibre Company Tundra was simply amazing to work with.  The alpaca/silk blend makes this drape like a dream and gives it a great shaping.  The double layer of the cowl creates a weight that I just adore without being too dense.  For those of you Coloradans who would like to knit this cowl, Fancy Tiger carries this yarn.  Check them out and keep it local!

This issue is officially out on September 3rd but it should start showing up at LYSs near you very soon.  I hope you enjoy it!!

 August 20, 2013  patterns 9 Responses »
Aug 142013

Once upon a time I dreamt of twisting yarn.  I wasn’t sure what that meant or how that applied to anything, but for a few weeks I was obsessed with this motion of knitting something then twisting it to change it.  Somehow some late night sleeplessness evolved that idea into the super easy braid for this cowl.  The body of this pattern stemmed from loving this cowl I made for my son last year but wanting to find a way to make the ridges knit side out not purl.

My obsession with designing this one has moved on to an obsession with knitting them.  I am currently working on my fourth one and I keep dreaming of ways to tweak it to make new versions.  I also love that it gives me an excuse to keep dyeing yarn.  One of my wonderful test knitters pointed me towards this tutorial for dyeing gradient yarn and I am utterly hooked.  Even if you haven’t dyed yarn before, this type of dyeing is so easy and I highly recommend it to everyone!

Any yarn weight will do with this cowl! You decide the sizing as you go so you don’t even need to swatch. Really! The stripes come from using yarns with long repeats. Samples are shown in Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball (mustard/gray), Knit Picks Chroma Worsted (black/gray/cream) and hand dyed Worsted (yellow/green/blue).

The Details:

Yarn: Any!  This cowl works best when worked in  a yarn with long color repeats.

Yardage: Samples used 230yds for fingering weight and 140yds for worsted

Gauge: None, really!  Worked measure-as-you-go

Price: $5

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 August 14, 2013  patterns 2 Responses »