So, here it comes, the first of those exciting new things I’ve been telling you about…..
…. drumroll please…. may I present my new pattern, the Hadlow Cowl!
….. and my new Ravelry group:
Oh yes, it’s all kicking off today!
To launch my new pattern (hopefully the first of many) and Ravelry group, I’ll be holding a KAL for this speedy cowl in the group.
To help you join in, you can get the pattern free until midnight BST (British Summer Time) Saturday 11th October 2014 by adding the pattern to your cart and entering the code HadlowKAL at the checkout.
A very straightforward pattern, this cowl is designed as a stashbuster and the pattern includes instructions for a wide range of yarn weights, from light DK/sport weight right up to chunky (as shown in the cowl above, knitted in the very snuggly Debbie Bliss Paloma). I made this cowl in an evening, so it’s perfect for quick festive gifts, for those of you who prefer to make them.
The cowl is worked in the round using a clever technique called helical stripes, which eliminates the annoying ‘jogs’ you get at the beginning of each round. Not tried helical stripes before? No problem! The pattern walks you through it, and if you need more help, you can join the KAL and I’ll help you out.
There are two versions, a short version, shown above (designed to use two 50g skeins of the same or similar yarns in contrasting colours), and a long version (which you can wrap twice round your neck), shown below (designed to use two 100g skeins), so you can dig out those pretty skeins in your stash that called to you in the shop but you’ve not yet found a pattern for, as well as those odd leftover balls that you just had to keep. If you’re anything like me, you probably tend to buy the same colours most of the time, so you might find that some of those leftovers go perfectly together!
It even works well in self striping yarns (this one is knitted in Noro Kogarashi):
I’m so glad this pattern has finally been released, it’s been along time coming! I made the cowls last year, when wondering what to do with some of the odd skeins of pretty yarn in my stash, managed to get it tested before Christmas, and was then completely overwhelmed by deadlines for magazine designs, so it went on the back burner. Then the weather was warming up, so I thought I’d better wait until autumn! Never mind, having found a lovely tech editor, the pattern is finally ready, so I got there in the end.