The Sylvan Cowl pattern that I showed you guys earlier this month is not available on Ravelry for $2.00.
It’s an infinity cowl that can be wrapped twice around the head as show above or worn as one long loop, more like a scarf. I originally created the pattern because I didn’t know what to do with some sport weight handspun I’ve had for months. The yarn was extremely soft so I knew I wanted it around my neck, but the heathered tweedy color made it look very rustic. I couldn’t find a pattern that was both interesting to knit and worked with the yarn. I tried lace but the delicate look of the lace didn’t seem right with the hearty look of the yarn. This was my solution. It’s interesting enough to knit since you’re changing what you’re doing every few rounds, but the pattern doesn’t overpower the yarn.
This is Knitgeneering’s test knit version of the pattern. I think she made it so beautiful. Her yarn is exactly the type this pattern was made for.
Every few rounds there is something different going on–garter stitch, stockinette stitch, eyelet panels. Even though it’s knit in sport weight it goes very quickly. Mine only took about two afternoons. You can get it through Ravelry as linked at the beginning of the post, or you can buy it here but clicking on the design tab up top and click on the “buy now” button. Hope you like it!
I’ve had some handspun that I finished several months ago burning a hole in my stash for quite a while. The fiber was a merino silk blend heathered with misty grey, blue, and gold. The finished yarn was very heathered and had a “rustic”look to it. While the color gave it a rustic feel, the fiber blend made the yarn buttery soft and I knew I wanted it up by my face to snuggle in when it’s cold outside.
I could not find the right pattern. Lace didn’t seem to go well with the rustic look of the yarn. Too much texture, like cables, took away from the beauty of the yarn itself. Plain stockinette was too boring. I decided to play around and invent my own pattern. Here was my solution.
I call it Sylvan Cowl. It’s an infinity scarf that can be worn long as pictured above or wrapped around the head twice for a snug fit up around the neck.
It’s a mixture of simple textures and simple eyelets that is just enough to give some interest to the project but allows the yarn to do its thing and show off its inherent beauty. I want to make another one in a tweed yarn, I think it would be perfect.
Currently the pattern is being test knit. When testing is done, I’ll have the pattern for sale on Ravelry and here on the Designs tab. The pattern takes about 250 yards of sport weight yarn and US 7 needles. If you are interested in test-knitting for me, shoot me an email before January 12 and I’ll send you the pattern for free so long as you can get my your feedback by the 16th.