3 Colour Cashmere Cowl

Once our holiday in Connemara, Co Galway had been planned and booked, I knew I wanted to visit Kylemore Abbey with its beautiful restored Victorian Walled Garden.

3 Colour Cashmere Cowl

When I was knitting the 3 Colour Cashmere Cowl designed by Joji Locatelli, I visualised it photographed with the beautiful Abbey in the background. [Read more…]

Buachaille Cochal & Colour Block Hat

The gorgeous book “Buachaille – At home in the Highlands” by Kate Davies was part of my Christmas present from Neil. This book is an absolute delight. I love the patterns. The photography mainly taken by her husband Tom Barr is utterly inspiring. As though the lovely choice of accessories knitting patterns isn’t enough, you’ll find a selection of traditional Scottish recipes, and enjoy an amazing walk through the highlands (without leaving the comfort of your armchair)!

Buachaille Cochal Cowl & Colour Block Hat

The patterns in the book are designed for her new range of Scottish Wool – Buachaille, which is a DK weight yarn. I had to wait for a little while to order the yarn, mainly because it kept selling out almost as quickly as she updated her online shop every Sunday, but when it did arrive I loved it. It is a slightly rustic feeling wool but once it was hand washed and blocked it felt considerably softer and developed a slight bloom. [Read more…]

Winter Moon Hat & Cochal Cowl

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hot on the heels of knitting my Sockhead Slouch Hats using 4ply sock yarn, I decided that I’d like a thicker DK weight hat for the cold morning walks on the beach with Bene. Even though we’re into March, the morning walks are seldom above 2 degrees celsius and often in driving rain.

Opal Winter Moon Hat & Cochal Cowl

I love all the colours in the Opal Winter Moon 8ply sock yarn collection but decided that I’d like to use 8925 Jingle Bells. When I first cast on, I thought it was a straight forward colour combination of tones of blue and red. [Read more…]

Moss Stitch Cowl

In my yarn stash I had a fabulous skein of Halycon Hand Dyed Yarn that I bought from Flamboyance Yarns last year. Halycon is a luxurious 4 ply blend of 50% silk and 50% merino wool. This skein was in my favourite colour combination of deep purple/plum colour with a contrasting turquoise/teal. I wanted a project that would really do justice to the gorgeous colour and sheen of the yarn.

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In Spring 2010 Simply Knitting had an attractive infinity moss stitch scarf designed by Emma King and knit using DK Cotton yarn in two different colours. I liked the draped style of this scarf when I saw it in the magazine. [Read more…]

Cowl Inspired by Beachcomber Wristwarmers

Having finished the Beachcomber Wristwarmers I just knew I needed a gorgeous cowl that would match them. This inspired me to design the ‘Beachcomber’ cowl.

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Cabled Cowl

A beautiful cabled cowl designed to be worn with the Cabled Treat Hat.

Inspired by the Cabled Treat Hat pattern I decided to design a cowl to wear with it.  This is a very comfortable cowl to wear that fits well and flares prettily at the neckline.

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I chose to use the purple and blue Wisterious colour. It is a very definite tone and I hadn’t been able to find a yarn colour that matched the hat well. Luckily there was enough yarn left in the skein to knit a cowl. [Read more…]

Aqua Ripples Lace Cowl and Mittens

Are you looking for a simple lace cowl and fingerless mittens set?

Have you one beautiful 100g skein of hand dyed 4ply or DK yarn that you have bought at a show and have not decided what to do with it?

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You should definitely consider Aqua Ripples Lace Cowl and Fingerless Mittens designed by Jen Arnall-Culliford which was published in Simply Knitting, June 2011. A stylish set to wear and both the cowl and the fingerless mittens are knit from one 100g skein yarn. [Read more…]