One of my goals this year is to be intentional about supporting this fiber community by knitting a project each month for myself from a pattern or yarn made by an independent designer or small-business owner. This is February's Project!
(you can read more about this project and see the other monthly patterns here)
I actually finished this month's project a little early. Partly because the lace pattern was so addicting to knit, but mostly because this cowl is perfect for early spring and I wanted to make sure I got plenty of wear out of it.
The pattern is the Greyhaven Cowl (by Robin Ulrich). I used Madeline Tosh tosh sock yarn in the Cove colorway, which is a thinner wool than the pattern calls for. I did this on purpose because I wanted the cowl to be light and airy for spring. The yarn was a dream to knit with- so fun to see the variations in color knitting up into the pattern. I used the same size needles the pattern called for though, knitting the cowl at a looser gauge.
I also really enjoyed the lace pattern of this cowl. Well written and fun and just really beautiful. I love that it was inspired by Tolkien's books and I think the colour of my yarn fits in with that as well. There's also a matching hat pattern that I may have to get my hands on at some point.
Another reason why I chose this pattern had to do with wanting to replace this cowl. It was the first thing I ever knit for myself (pattern by Cathy Carron knit in Misti Alpaca chunky) and it was perfect. I wore it for two full Vancouver winters almost every day and then it somehow got lost in the shuffle of our cross-continental move. Though this is different, there are undeniable similarities, and I think that this new cowl fits better with my style now (which, as you can see from the photos of that old cowl has evolved very minimally...or rather, basically not at all.)
The only downside is how it rolls at the top and bottom (see above photo). I know this is a side effect to stocking stitch lace patterns, and probably also has to do with the lightness of the yarn and loose gauge I knit at but even after aggressive blocking there's been no improvement. Not a big deal, but a little disappointing to be sure.
I think I'll have to make this again using a thicker wool once Fall rolls around!