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.
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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.
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.