handmade holiday: one of my favorite things

i love, love, love knitting. whenever it comes to this time of year, i’m rarely seen without some sort of knitting project i have underway….and i am well on my way to making some sort of knitting project history this year (well, for me anyway).

about a year ago, my sister came across this amazingly great pattern for a cowl neck scarf that was inspired by one that was made and sold by a certain brand from england that’s known for its plaid pattern and amazing trenchcoats (which i am very, very fond of). (i’m trying to be super careful with not mentioning branding here….out of respect for the creator of the pattern, i’m trying to maintain some distance, while still sharing a bit). so, let’s just say that the scarf being sold by this english brand was running over $700 and couldn’t be found anywhere, hence why this brilliant blogger and knitter, developed a similar pattern to share. you can find the free pattern here from the garter girl.

between the pattern and the pics below, hope you all get a good idea of the cowl neck scarf….i can say, that it’s super easy to make, but at the same time allowed me to learn some new stitch techniques (slipping stitches, using a cable needle….)

the full knitted cowl before stitching…includes four repeats of the pattern

stitching together the two ends to make the cowl

the finished cowl neck
second look of the finished cowl neck

i will say that i did use some different yarn from what was recommended in the pattern (simply because i couldn’t track down the suggested cascade yarns venezia merino silk anywhere locally). i’ve used a couple of different yarns for the three cowl neck scarves i’ve done and all i picked up at hobby lobby. i went with the bamboo spun in sea blue and the yarn bee alpaca in fog. both are beautiful yarns and have a great texture (and you can get a great deal when you use a hobby lobby 40% off coupon!)
i’ve loved doing these and a couple of very special people are going to see there in their christmas treats this year…enjoy!


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