Friday, May 1, 2015

Patternum Novum :: Dewberry Cowl

As you know, I've become a little bit obsessed with my shawl-cowl hybrids. I promise I do have some knits coming that are not of this variety, but over the past year they have truly become my favorite thing to knit and to wear. (The baby does chew on them, but it's impossible for her to yank them off my neck like she does my shawls.) Anyway, this past winter I was really on a shawl-cowl knitting kick, trying to use up some stash, and it was really starting to bother me that my Adama cowl was requiring more than a single skein of worsted weight yarn. I had somehow managed to acquire a boat-load of single skeins of various worsted and aran weight yarn, and I had no idea what to do with them! So of course I had to design something new. Enter, Dewberry.

Dewberry - $5 via Ravelry (no account required)

Dewberry is a sweet and simple single-skein shawl-cowl hybrid. Designed to use up a small amount of worsted or aran weight yarn, this piece, like my others, is shaped like a semi-circular shawl but is worked mostly in the round to resemble the look of a small shawl worn wrapped around the neck. Dewberry utilizes purled stripes and the simplest of lace patterns to give it texture and interest. It comes in two sizes (the grey is the small and was done in Plucky Knitter Primo Aran, the berry-colored is the large and is Plucky Knitter Scholar)...and it can also easily be enlarged by using a heavier weight of yarn. This cowl whips up in no time at all, so if the weather changes one morning and you find yourself needing something new to keep you warm, Dewberry will be ready for you by that afternoon.

The specs...

Finished measurements: Small [Large] = 16”/ 40.5 cm [18”/ 45.5 cm] circumference at top opening, 12.25”/ 31 cm [14.25”/ 36 cm] height at center, and 35.5”/ 90 cm [38”/ 96.5 cm] circumference at bottom opening

Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Primo Aran (75% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 5% Nylon; 200 yds / 183 m per 115g); 1 skein in Wintry Mix (grey) [The Plucky Knitter Scholar (75% Merino, 25% Cashmere; 255 yds / 235 m per 115g); 1 skein in Tiny Bubbles (berry- colored)]
Or, 200 yds / 175 m [250 yds / 225 m] of a worsted or aran weight yarn

Needles: US 8 (5 mm) circular needle, 16-24”/ 40-60 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 17 sts & 26 rows [16 sts & 25 rows] = 4”/ 10 cm in lace and purl stripe patterns
17 [16] sts = 4”/ 10 cm in Stockinette St
Meeting these exact gauges is not crucial, but any major differences will affect the size of the finished cowl.

For more information on Dewberry, you can check it out on Ravelry here.  And if you'd like to knit along with others and/or share photos, come join the Dewberry discussion in my Ravelry group, The Yarniad's Symposium.


laura said...

Looks great! Love that pink!

Susan said...

I love it!

Susan said...

Yup - couldn't resist....just purchased my copy. Can't wait to try out your pattern.

Julie said...

oooh, so gorgeous!! love the texture.

Anonymous said...

In section 1and 2 there is no row 5
Please advise

Monique said...

Love your lacy shawl-cowls! I have a single skein of beautiful DK hand-dyed yarn and wish you had a pattern written for DK! Might have to try the Dewberry :)