Yet another test knit, this time a neck warmer design by Maja Jokanovic.
Pattern: Terra Neck-Warmer Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, River Rock Needles: US 7 / 4.5 mm
It was fast and fun, and came together fabulously with some very cheap yet gorgeous buttons. Positioning and sewing buttons is not one of my favourite tasks in the world, but with a garter stitch button band, it was easy. Just count 6 ridges between rows and you’re in the right spot.
Maja was great to work with! I’m very new at testing patterns for knitwear designers, and she made it an easy and pleasant experience.
This is a test knit I very recently completed for the lovely Faye, a very talented British knitter, designer and blogger. The pattern will be available through Erika Knight at some point in the future. There will be a link on Faye’s blog, Buttons and Beeswax, and on Ravelry when it is finally released.
It was a fun and easy project, but the result is a luxurious and warm cowl!
Pattern: ZigZag Cowl* Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, Straw-Gold Needles: US 7 / 4.5 mm
*I’ll update the link to the actual pattern page on Ravelry once it’s available.
It’s a very versatile design and can be used as a hood, which is particularly useful for those of us who live in places where winter likes to make a very definite appearance!
Faye has previously designed a matching hat which is already available for purchase. You can see some great photos of it on her blog here: ZigZag Hat.
Thank you Faye for another great design, and for letting me test it out for you!
Pattern: Shoulder Shrug Yarn: Briggs & Little Heritage, Grey Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm
Although this project quickly ushered me into a major case of redundancy, I’m really happy with how it turned out. Where it’s 100% wool, it’s very helpful in dealing with our cold Canadian winter days.
I had knit it to the specified length, but then had to rip back quite a few inches once I realized it would wrap around me and then some. I recommend knitting until it reaches around you comfortably – not too tight, not too loose.
I also didn’t knit the ribbed neck section as long as the pattern stated. This meant only needing 3 skeins.
As to how you wear such a thing with a coat, I simply have it up off of my shoulders, basically wearing it as a cowl, with the bulk of it draped in the front. It looks fine and is very protective against chilly weather!
It’s a fun pattern, even with having to rip back several inches after goofing up the cabling once or twice!