Friday, November 13, 2015

Hoxey Cowl

Interweave Knits Winter 2016 is now out, and I am extremely excited because it features my Hoxey Cowl!

I designed this cowl specifically with Plymouth Yarn's Baby Alpaca Grande in mind. For starters, I wanted something warm and cozy. In my opinion, you can't get warmer or cozier (or cuter) than baby alpaca. Secondly, Plymouth yarn offers a hand-dyed version of this yarn, which is just gorgeous. In each hand dyed skein, there is an array of colors that change rather quickly. In order to let each color speak, I alternated stitches with the natural color. I also added a little texture to make the hand dyed yarn really pop out. This bulky cowl is designed to be long enough that also can be extended beyond the neck to cover parts of the face and ears when its bitter cold outside. It's fair to say that last winter definitely played a big role in the design.

For experienced knitters, this bulky cowl is fast and easy for holiday knitting. For those new to color work, this is a great starting pattern for getting the hang of stranded knitting with bit of a twist.