Monday, September 8, 2014

New pattern: Dapple Cowl

A number of weeks ago, I was presented with a skein of Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Heathers, and a challenge to knit something 'cowl like' in less than two weeks. 
The yarn is beautifully cosy, drapes wonderfully, and has the most wonderful subtle heathered appearance - too subtle to capture successfully on camera (unless you actually know what you're doing with a camera!). After some experimentation with this baby alpaca yarn, I realised that a little lace would show it off nicely. Existing patterns on Ravelry were not speaking to me, and so the Dapple Cowl was born! 


The cowl is knit in the round and features a lace panel surrounded by stocking stitch. It uses one skein of the Herriot Heathers and is long enough to wear as a hood over your head too, for particularly chilly days.

 
The lace panel is inspired by the dappled light through late summer trees - something that I've often stopped to admire on walks through my neighbourhood. Our trees are still full of green leaves, but there is a slight chill in the air in the evenings, and there's a hint of red and gold on some leaves. A reminder that colder weather is on the way (music to a knitter's ears!). The lace motif is borrowed from Barbara Walker's 'A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns', and is easy enough to memorise.

The pattern is available to download now for free.

The yarn should be available in This is Knit in the coming weeks!

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