Cobblestone Intersections Cowl pattern

cobblestone cowl pattern release
It’s been a while since I entered this as one of the two patterns I submitted to the DesignAlong contest.  In the meantime, I’ve learned a lot about designing, about working with test knitters, about how to load things into Ravelry.  And now I have this pattern to present to you, tech edited and test knit, ready to fascinate your needles right now and be ready before the chill winds of autumn arrive.

Until August 5th it’s 25% off to celebrate. There’s no code, the shopping cart will enter it automatically.

Cobblestone Cowl knitting pattern

I wore it all winter and it kept me warm and made me happy.  I wanted wearability and warmth so it’s knit in Cascade Superwash Aran.   It’s a deep, warm cowl which features a simple, reversible texture pattern separated from a garter stitch section by a crisp line. It has a tidy slip-stitch edging and a nearly invisible join.  The cowl is knit side-to-side and the ends are grafted together. Full instructions for grafting in garter stitch are given in the pattern.  You could go with a three-needle bind off if seams don’t bother you, but why be intimidated by the grafting?  It’s simple and you can wear it any old way without worry if there isn’t a seam.

cobblestone cowl knitting pattern texture detail

When I travel, I love to watch the textures of the landscape change.  Maybe it’s the prairie girl in me – the textures of the fields and the big skies are the main attractions here. It’s like my eye is set to macro – I’ll miss a cathedral because I’m looking at brickwork.  I’ll have my eye on the jagged edge of a leaf and nearly miss the flower.  I especially love it when textures meet or overlap. This cowl’s structure was inspired by Germany’s sidewalks.   I really enjoy the many ways that rough cobblestone can be found next to bricks and intersected by a smooth line of concrete.

Unbound sweater

   
I’ve held off on knitting a boxy, oversized sweater, worried that it was an awful lot of knitting for a style I might not love. But this version, with a V-neck and split hem, inspired me. 

 
It’s a great sweater, and an incredible yarn. 

  
Pattern: Unbound 

Yarn: Alegria

Soft spot

  
Another moment of quiet on the deck, my Dream Chair proving to be a heavenly temptation away from the others in the family. I’m knitting and listening to the second Locke Lampra book. Stillness and restfullness on the outside, heists and lies and danger in my mind. 

Gradient Love

Sandra, my sister Katie, and I had a blast dyeing gradients this weekend using this tutorial. We used Jacquard acid dyes instead of Koolaid.   I used a white worsted weight and a light grey fingering weight. We experimented with winding the second (grey) ball more loosely to get the dye to penetrate more deeply. I’m not sure that it worked, but it seemed to.      It was a bit fiddly to wind the wet yarn into a hank to dry as the yarn was very much inclined to stick to itself and knot up. But I have more time than money and this was a great way to get a gradient like those I see online.

Snug

I’m not sure why, but with the whole house to myself I’m working on the floor tucked between the sofa and the coffee table. I feel cat-like or dog-like in my desire for a little safe spot to call my own. 



World Cup

We bought Stadium Passes about 3 minutes after the tickets went on sale last year. This was months before they even did the draw to see who played where. We knew we were in at the front of the list with a promptness like that (we hoped!) But Category One is a very broad category. About half the stadium. Eventually we got our seat locations. And we learned who would play in the 7 games we’d see. 





Our seats were primo. 9 rows up and behind a team bench. When the Nigerian coaches kissed the ground after their goals, that was right in front of us. 



Yesterday was an amazing start. 2 fantastic games with 4 strong teams. The level of soccer on display was really impressive. We saw the Nigeria-Sweden game and the U.S.-Australia game that followed. 10 goals. 



The stadium was packed with Anericans who’d made the trip. It was probably half American. Impressive soccer love for North America and impressive support for a women’s team. 

5 games left in the next 7 days. 

(We are thinking of doing something a bit deliciously mad: going to the semi-final in Edmonton. We’d only have two days to do it, though, because of Sandra’s work, and it’s a ten hour drive. But the semi-finals!)