AKA welcome endless days of rain and rain and rain on my delicate, little flower buds. And mud puddles. LOTS of mud puddles.
It’s such a tease.
I want to go outside, but then I stick my little toe out the door and quickly realize: actually knitting on the sofa will do just fine.
Call me when it hits 70 degrees (21 C). Then and only then, I will go outside.
I am so proud of the new Pansyland Cowl, not just because it is amazing (it is!) and long overdue (uh, yep), but because it is the first of (hopefully many) collaborations with indie dyers this year. This special yarn was dyed by the talented Allison Barnes. It is a SUPER squishy 4-ply merino worsted in the Alpine Pansy colorway. Allison clearly has an apt for naming colors!
This has been my favorite pattern ever to design because it felt like I was part of a TEAM. So much more fun and inspiring than working in isolation! Plus, Allison’s yarn was really a treat to work with.
This is also the first time I have made videos to go along with a new pattern. It was so scary and I am honestly quite bad at it. They are fairly dorky AND clunky, but I figured I would check the ol’ ego at the door and simply do my best.
The first video is a quick tutorial demonstrating how to work the main stitch pattern in this cowl. I love the texture from this stitch, and it is actually a fairly easy technique. I hope this video will give newer knitters a bit of confidence to try this stitch! You can do this! All you need is a double pointed needle.
The second video is an overview of the pattern itself. Still photography has it’s limits, and this video really let’s me show you the cowl, how it moves, and better explain why I love it. Please take a look and let me know what you think.*
The Pansyland Cowl is a tube-shaped cowl. Tall and narrow. The twist stitch gives it great texture, although really this is primarily a stockinette project (hello, Knitflix!!!).
The pattern includes an option for a tapered neckline that is achieved by working short rows. As a result, the back of the cowl is gently taller than the front. If you are not up for knitting short rows, just skip this part and cast off for a standard tube-shaped cowl. I personally love the shaped collar and feel like it makes this cowl unique and even more functional without being weird.
The Pansyland Cowl is now available on Ravelry for $5.00 USD.** If you aren’t ready to knit this project quite yet, please add it to your Ravelry favorites (click the little heart near the upper right corner) so you can more easily find it in the future.
Okay knitters, off I go to do my sunshine dance. Wish me luck!
*Obviously my YouTube channel is BRAND NEW, but I would love it if you would subscribe. I hope to bring you more video fun throughout the year. Videography isn’t exactly my strongest skill, but I hope to get better! Or at least embarrass myself less.
**Subscribers: check your inboxes (spam and junk folders) for an email with a special discount code.