New pattern: Northern Lights Cowl
Whew, it’s a bit dusty in here! Sorry about that. Summer was crazy and I’m just now getting my bearings and figuring out my schedule again. You know, just in time for winter break from school. Oh well.
Anyway, let’s talk about the big news! I have a new pattern to release. Apparently, designing is like riding a bike, you never really forget how to do it, no matter how rusty you may be at it. 🙂
I was approached by someone to design an item using Blue Heron’s Rayon Metallic. Oh, this yarn is so yummy. Definitely a splurge item for a stash, but so beautiful and fantastic to work with.
The yarn cried out to be a cowl, similar to my Southern Lights Cowl, but much fancier. So it demanded to be bigger, lacier, etc. I let the yarn do the talking in this design. It’s another mobius (because I love these for cowls), and the body is a pretty easy lace design. The true stunning part of this design is in the lace edging. It’s deep and allows you to fold it back like a collar. In fact, in the photo it almost looks like I’m wearing a shrug, not a cowl.
Now, some notes about this pattern. It is VITAL that you check your gauge. I used all but about 10 yards of this yarn. And I had to rip back a number of times to subtract rounds to make sure I used all of the yarn without running out. If you’re not using the Blue Heron, then this may not be an issue for you. But if you are, you need to make sure that you match my gauge. That may mean you need to use a different hook than I did.
If you’re going to substitute yarn, I would use a yarn with a lot of drape. A heavy wool or even a cotton may not drape the same. Part of the appeal of the design is how drippy and slinky the cowl is. Make sure your yarn has that same drape.
I hope you give this pattern a try and that you enjoy it!Posted by Tracie Barrett | 1 comments