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FO: A Noble Cowl

The finished projects just keep on coming. I’m on quite the roll this month! Here is my latest blocked-and-dried creation; the purpliest cowl that ever purpled.

Noble Cowl FO

I just can’t get enough of that colour! One purple accessory just isn’t enough. How about a pretty brooch to pin it in place with?

Noble Cowl pinned

Maybe some matching nail varnish? (‘Facets of Fuschia’ by Revlon if you’re wondering)

Facets of Fuschia

I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet because well, the Halloween weekend has come and gone and now I have red food dye all over the place – the floor, the walls, the ceiling, the kitchen generally. I have cleaning to do! It was worth it though. Everyone loves a good zombie costume. I hope you enjoyed some fine fancy dress this year too!

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Free Pattern: Cowl à la mode

I have very poor impulse control when it comes to new yarn. Putting two balls of fat squishy merino yarn in front of me is just asking for it. Sure I could have continued with the projects already on needles but it’s just two balls of yarn how long will that take to knit up?

And so! I have whipped my winnings into a cowl!

Cowl a la mode

Isn’t it awfully fashionable? It’s the ideal length for wrapping double around my neck and it’s as thick as I could want. No wind is getting through this cowl thank you very much.

I wanted a sort of herringbone effect and after messing around for a bit it turns out that chunky yarn just needs the simplest of broken ribbing patterns to look good.

This uses almost all of 2 balls of Sublime Chunky Merino Tweed and it’s such a nice quick knit I thought I would share it! I like my cowls on the loose side, so if you want something tighter, just cast on fewer stitches (in multiples of 4).


Materials: 174 yds of Chunky(sometimes called Bulky) yarn.
Suggested Yarn: Sublime Chunky Merino Tweed! 2 balls of!

Needles: 10mm circular needles (80cm cable)

Gauge: 8st/4in (10cm) after blocking

CO 112 sts , Place marker to indicate beginning of round and carefully join without twisting to start working in the round.

Round 1: [K1, P1] to end

Round 2: [P1, K1] to end

Rounds 3 & 4: Repeat Rounds 1 & 2.

Rounds 5 & 6: P

Rounds 7 & 8: K

Rounds 9 & 10: [K2, P2] to end

Rounds 11 & 12: P, [K2, P2] to 1 st before end, P

Rounds 13 & 14: [P2, K2] to end

Rounds 15 & 16: K, [P2, K2] to 1 st before end, K

Rounds 17-22: Repeat Rounds 9-14

Rounds 23 & 24: K

Rounds 25 & 26: P

Round 27: [P1, K1] to end

Round 28: [K1, P1] to end

Rounds 29 & 30: Repeat Rounds 27 & 28


Weave in all ends, block by gently washing in lukewarm water, squeezing out excess water and laying flat to dry.

Update: The Ravelry pattern page is HERE!


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Travel knitting

Oh whoops, I’ve been quiet for a while haven’t I? I’ve been travelling a lot recently. For me, this means one thing: lots of small, portable projects cast on and barely completed in whirlwind of stashbusting.

First up, the Sunday Pictorial Beret, a pattern from A Stitch in Time Vol.2 that was kindly sent out to all us pre-orderers in advance. I got it done over an epic weekend of roadtripping. I went from Bristol to Irvine and back and all I got was this lousy hat…no, no, it’s a perfectly good hat really, I jest. Simple yet effective.

Sunday Pictorial Beret

The original had a knitted bow for decoration, but I wasn’t sold on it. It still needs something though doesn’t it? The unfortunate thing about wearing a plain, pink, clingy hat is that once you realise you look kind of like a penis you can’t unrealise it.

Next up:

Noble Cowl WIP

I am also 1/3 of the way through A Noble Cowl which I have been meaning to do forever. I am using Debbie Bliss Andes here. I’m not going to bust out a full yarn review here, but I will say that Andes is as frivolous as all get out. This is some crazy soft alpaca-silk single-ply in DK weight at £15/100g. And there are actual jumper patterns for this? I would expect the underarms to be a fuzzy mess in less than a day. However, for the purposes of a fancy little neckwarmer I am totally ok with a little splurge. Also look at that purple. I am a sucker for a good deep purple. Debbie Bliss, you win my money this time.

Last but not least I have this thing on the needles…

Houndstooth mittThis is to be the first in a pair of fingerless mitts. No pattern for this one, I’m just winging it. Took me a while to figure how to work the pattern over the thumb gusset in a mathematically pleasing way but I think I cracked it. It’s fitting quite nicely too!

Houndstooth Mitt

It looks a little scuzzy at the moment but that’s nothing a good soak can’t fix. It’s feeling nice and cosy to boot. When things finally start to get cold around here I feel like I shall be prepared!

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