Would you like a free pattern for a cosy autumnal cowl? It’s this one, that I mentioned a couple of posts ago. There’s a link to the pattern near the end of this post.
In the unlikely event that you didn’t devour and memorise every word of that blog post (Whaddya mean, you’ve “got a life to be getting on with”?) here’s a recap: I was commissioned to design the original version of the cowl nearly five years ago, for the ‘Hobbycraft’ chain of shops. Sadly, the specified yarn is no longer made, so the website has taken down the pattern. A fair few of you contacted me about it, so I’ve been on a mission to find a suitable alternative yarn. There followed a few false starts and more than a little improper language that I wouldn’t dare use in front of my parents, before I eventually settled on ever-reliable Rowan Felted Tweed DK.
This was the original version, knitted in Women’s Institute ‘Unique Yorkshire’. It’s very fluffy and I wear it more frequently than any of my (many) other cowls:-
And I don’t always wear it whilst posing in front of the sitting room hearth, grinning self-consciously:-
Here’s the new version. The pattern is the same, but there’s a different feel to the new yarn. The creamy background shade has flecks of blue, reminiscent of frosty sparkles amongst the autumn leaves:-
The above photo? It was tricky to showcase the cowl in fast-fading light beside the compost bins, but I did my best. The picture below shows the indignity endured by the poor model. She was thoroughly cold and grumpy by the end. Mind, she’s a bit of a diva at the best of times, and falls over dramatically at the slightest provocation:-
So yeah, I’ve updated the pattern with the new yarn, tweaked it a bit, and it’s ready to rumble. Would you like to see? I hope so, because it’s my mission to keep everyone cosy this autumn-winter-spring. I fear that we’re in for a chilly one this year, so you’ll be needing some decent yarnery to keep the cold at bay.
This post is dedicated to my wry and funny Uncle J, who died this afternoon following a long illness. You’ll never be forgotten but you’ll always be missed.