I’m excited and grateful to have a pattern in the current issue of Knitty, the fabulous online magazine. Farrand is, if I may say so myself, a really fun and easy pattern to make. Malabrigo Rios yarn offers up wonderful colors to pair together. Better yet, the fiber is super-soft and a joy to wear.
The pattern came about when I fell in love with some Malabrigo Rios variegated yarn. I swatched several stitch patterns in a quest to find the one that showed off the variegated colors in an exciting way. Farrand’s stitch pattern causes the colors to pop, especially framed in solid colored accent stripes. Here the variegated colorway is Diana, framed by the nearly-solid Sabiduria.
Rios’ gorgeous saturated colors also drew me to pair nearly-solids together in the shorter cowl version. I loved the deep golden Sunset color with the rusty-brown Marte. I hope to give knitters inspiration to try their own favorite color pairings.
Farrand includes instructions for both the short cowl and longer loop versions. Both require just one skein each of the MC and CC. The longer loop version can be looped again for a thick and snuggly cowl:
Why the name Farrand, you ask? Beatrix Farrand was an accomplished landscape architect in the first half of the 20th century. I love her garden designs. The stitch pattern reminds me of her use of latticework as a way to bring vertical elements to a garden.
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Photography by my very talented friend Gale Zucker
Knitty Winter 2016
Malabrigo Rios yarn
I had a great time making the Virginia City Cowl from Romi Hill’s book New Lace Knitting. (You might have seen my recent review of the book.)
After admiring Romi’s patterns for years, I finally took a class from her at one of the knitting conventions. She is well known for her shawl patterns, and her expertise in designing lace is fantastic. I knew from her class that she is detail oriented, with thoughtful and thorough instructions. These strengths shine through in her book.
In the pattern for the cowl part of her “Virginia City Cloche and Cowl” design, I appreciated that she gives specific recommendations for how to block the piece. She is equally specific when describing how to sew the piece together after blocking. I loved the clear and helpful details!
I used Cascade Ecological Wool.
As a reminder, if you’d like to enter the drawing for the giveaway for New Lace Knitting you have until Midnight (EST) on February 21st to entire a comment. Details are here.
It’s been a few weeks now, but the thrill of having my Eleanor Cowl included in Knitty has not worn off!
I used Lorna’s Lace’s Shepherd Sport for the pewter cowl above. It’s such an unusual, gorgeous neutral! Eleanor is a quick knit, and Lorna’s Laces’ colors are so abundant, I can see making several of these cowls for friends and also to accent various pieces of my own wardrobe.
I love the warm cashmere blend found in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. Purple is a popular color right now, so I made this version of the cowl too.
Eleanor was inspired by a pattern I found in a Japanese stitch dictionary. I altered the pattern for the bottom section of the cowl so that it would take on a funnel shape – larger at the bottom to fit over a garment, and smaller at the top to stay closer to the neck.
I polled my knitting friends on Facebook about whether to design the cowl to be knit flat, which can make blocking the lace easier, or whether to design it in the round, which makes the knitting easier. The results were split so I wrote the pattern both ways!
Lots of knitters over on Ravelry have been making the cowl. I love to see the various yarns and beautiful array of colors that are being used. If you want to check out their projects, click here:
As always, I send bouquets of gratitude to Susan Claudino for an awesome job knitting the pewter sample of the cowl.