Monday, July 30, 2012

My First Monday Made It!

I have been reading through other blogger's Monday Made It's all summer and have been wishing I could join in...well, now I finally can! Head on over to 4th Grade Frolics to check out all the amazing talent.

I think I have mentioned it before but I am a knitter. I took it up while I was on mat leave in order to have some fun projects to work on. And I fell in love with it. I have made quite a few baby blankets for friends, scarves and cowls for family and it was time to make something for me!!

I found this fabulous hand-painted yarn that I just loved and had to buy....Koigu! I purchased the yarn I used from Art of Yarn in British Columbia but it is available at many retailers. This is the colourway that I chose for my project.

I have been in love with purple for some time now. Beautiful right?

I found a great pattern called the "Reunion Cowl" from Natalie Selles at and I really liked it but I wanted a little more of a "lace affect" so I used Natalie's pattern as the inspiration and changed it a little for me. Here's what I came up with...

If you are a knitter and are interested in how I made the cowl here is the "pattern" I created as I went.


- 2 skeins of Koigu yarn (KPPPM 809D)

- 3mm 16" circular needles

CO: 170 stitches, join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches

Row 1- 10: knit all the way around each row (*note: the edges of your cowl will roll up when using this stitch, if you do not want this to happen knit every even row and purl every odd row) You can see how the edges of my cowl roll in the pictures.

Row 11:* k2tog, yo* (*repeat until the end of the row)

Row 12-15: knit

Row 16: * k2tog, yo* (*repeat until the end of the row)

Repeat rows 1-16 until cowl measures the length you want. I knit 5 repeats of rows 11-16 so that I had 5 "lace" repeats.

End with 10 rows of knitting. Bind off and weave in the ends.

Since I made this cowl in the two weeks I was at the cottage with my family I think I shall name it "The Cottage Cowl"! I also see a lot more lace knitting in my future. 

8 Brilliant Teaching Thoughts:

Unknown said...

super cute!!
Rowdy in Room 300

Kristen said...

I wish I could knit, I've always been meaning to learn! This is so, so pretty!!

Heather Mathews said...

That's gorgeous!

Jill said...

That cowl is so pretty!

I just knitted a baby blanket and it called for that Koigu yarn but I couldn't stomach buying so much of it for the blanket! I'm sure it is so beautiful and soft in real life. :)

Marvelous Multiagers!

Second Grade Chatter said...

Love it. I have learning to knit on my bucket list!! I would love for you to stop by and check out my blog.

Inside this Book said...

Love it! I also love knitting lace; I feel like it's quicker. Maybe because you get to change it up and not just knit every stitch. I'm currently working on a shawl that has a four row repeat. Only row 1 is fun, so I usually just do one set and quit. Needless to say, it's taking fo.eva!

Inside this Book

Unknown said...

Beautiful yarn and cute cowl! That will really dress up a t-shirt. Knitting is such a great way to relax. I've been addicted to feather and fan patterns this summer--light and airy.

Beth said...

@Nicole- Thanks!

@Kristen- Maybe I could teach you since I have learned so much from your blog?

@Heather- Thanks!

@Jill-The Koigu is beautiful and I've realized that I always want to knit with such great yarn...unfortunately my wallet wouldn't be able to handle it!

@Second Grade Chatter- I will be stopping by!

@ Lynn- This was my first "lace" project and I loved it...however, my second one is not going so well. I've restarted 5 times!

@Jennfier- Thanks! That's exactly why I knit it!

Post a Comment

Thank you taking the time to leave a comment.
I truly appreciate it.

Pin It button on image hover