Monday, December 3, 2012

Show and Tell: Jenn Weidner’s Cowl

Jenn Weidner of J. Rae Fashion wrote to tell us that many of her friends LOVE the cowl she made with handspun yarn she bought from us at Vogue Knitting Chicago.

She agreed to let us share the photos with you and even provided the pattern she wrote for it!
--Jenn Weidner’s Cowl


2 skeins of Be Sweet Skinny Wool in coordinating colors. I used red (color A) and charcoal (color B).

1 skein of art yarn (I used a super bulky Steven Be Exclusive Handspun featuring cowhide crosses decorated in rhinestones. Yarn colors are red, teal, and cream)


Size 13 (9 mm) circular needles.



The art yarn is a thick and thin texture and this change adds to the beauty and popcorn effect of the cowl. Do not fight the texture, but rather allow for twists, loops, and changes in the pattern. This provides stretch, and adds to the overall beauty of the cowl! I did, however, need to make sure all of the cowhide crosses were on the 'right side' of the cowl.

Knitting with two very different weights was extremely challenging. I knit on the larger needles to provide great stretch - a cowl hallmark in my opinion.

It can be wrapped up to 3 times around the wearer.

I have been a knitter for 10 years now. I love mixing unexpected textures! This was a fun splurge yarn. It knit quickly and was fun to watch the piece progress.

Using heavier weight yarn (art yarn) cast on 171 stitches. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.

(This pattern is knit in the round using stranding when changing yarns is required - it is not necessary to cut the yarns at any time until the piece is completed)

Rows 1 and 2: Knit every stitch with skinny wool color A (this color shows more predominantly).

Rows 3 and 4: Knit every stitch with skinny wool color B (this color should be a coordinating or accent color for a bit of variety).

Row 5: Knit every stitch in art yarn.

Repeat rows 1 through 5 twelve times, ending with row 5.

Bind off extremely loosely for proper stretch. If you're not great at keeping your bind off loose, try using broomstick (size 35) needles for the bind off.
Thanks, Jenn! It’s awesome to see you have so much fun with our yarns!

Want to share your love story with something you have from us? Email me at jessie at stevenbe dot com.

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