I am thrilled to announce the release of my very first independently-published knitting pattern! Although I have several sweater designs in the works, I wanted my first independently published pattern to be something smaller in scope. A cowl would be the perfect candidate, since I really needed one since I started taking the bus to work. It can get chilly in the mornings waiting for the bus to arrive, so several months ago I began designing, knitting, ripping out, and re-knitting a prototype of the cowl, as well as designing, formatting, and writing the pattern itself. I also did all the photography and graphic design. The latter was almost as much fun as knitting the cowl itself! Working full time made the entire task quite challenging; finding time to sit down in front of the computer to work on the pattern after spending an 8-hour work day at the computer was not easy!
Two lovely people helped me pull this project together: Lisa Bogart (www.lisabogart.com), my test knitter, and Sandy Chandler (www.sandrachandler.com), my lovely model during the photo shoot. They made my job much easier. A heartfelt thanks to both of you!
The cowl is designed to fit fairly closely around the neck, at 20 inches in diameter. On my (apparently thick) neck it fits nice and snug; it will have some ease on the average woman’s neck. It can be made twice as long by doubling the number of stitches (and correspondingly doubling the number of stitch repeats). A longer cowl means you can wrap it twice around for a snug fit that will keep all the chills away.
The cowl is knit out of a lusciously soft and silky yarn, Traveler Sport by The Plucky Knitter (320 yards). Any sport-weight yarn may be substituted, such as Madelinetosh’s Pashmina. If you opt to make a longer cowl, you’ll need double the amount of yarn. The depth of the cowl is about 9 inches, just enough to shelter your neck from the cold. Again, if you have more yarn you can knit more rounds to make the cowl deeper and cozier.
The pattern requires knowing how to knit in the round and how to handle making simple one-stitch cables (ie. traveling stitches).
It’s a fun an interesting project; because the instructions for the stitch pattern are both written out and in chart form, it’s not hard to follow.
The pattern is available for download on Ravelry for $5. Let me know what you think!