Free Knitting Patterns: Sugar Plum Cowl

This easy one-skein worsted weight cowl is a great beginner project or some easy ‘tv knitting’ for an experienced knitter. Worked in the round, there is no increasing or decreasing, just a simple 2 x 2 ribbing on each edge … Continue reading

A Touch of Royalty

It’s time for a new pattern release, just in time for the holidays. It’s the Royal Cowl pattern!

The Royal Cowl is made up of alternating cable stitches which creates a dense, textured, and warm fabric. The pattern also uses a new cast on technique and a new bind off. The i-cord cast on and the i-cord bind off each make a formal, structured bottom and top edge, making this a truly royal looking cowl! I love these neat and tidy, symmetrical edges. The pattern contains easy to follow instructions for the cast on and bind off. It also includes a photo tutorial for grafting the i-cords ends making the seam on each truly invisible. Watch for the tutorial on this blog in the coming weeks.

As always, it’s the yarn that makes each of my patterns. This time I used Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted. It is a wool, silk, and cashmere blend which is critical to comfort for anything worn around the neck, right? The colours shown in the photos above are Tart, Antique Lace (my favourite!), and Cousteau.

Thank you to my wonderful Royal Cowl testers: MDQuilter, JStockert, Birdsrus, NokNoy, HotCraftyGirl, meg7219, and nj2 – check out their cowls here.

It’s not too late to get one last Christmas knitted gift done – happy holiday knitting!


Just in Time For Fall

I have had this design in the back of my mind since last winter. I’ve even had the yarn that I wanted to use since then. Last month I finally sat down and knitted it. It’s the Boxy Cowl.

It’s inspired, of course, by the waffle stitch pattern used in my Boxy Dishcloth, Boxy Cozy, and Boxy Slouchy. I just knew this textured stitch pattern would lend itself well to a big thick cushy cowl in a super soft yarn. I love the long cowls, or maybe infinity scarf is a better name, that can be worn long and loose or double wrapped around the neck.

The yarn is Malabrigo Twist, another amazing hand dyed yarn from a wonderful yarn company. Twist is an aran weight baby merino wool.

The challenge for me with this cowl design was the edges. Should it have a slightly rolled edge like another popular cowl? A ribbed edge like some others? In the end, because the waffle stitch pattern has regular purl rows, I decided to put a purl round at each edge. I used a regular cast on and knitted away. I bound off and then realized that I wasn’t happy that the edges didn’t match. I like symmetry and balance – quite a lot. I preferred the look of the bound off edge so I decided that this cowl needed a provisional cast on so that the knitter could go back to the cast on edge and bind off in the same way as the bound off edge. I frogged the whole cowl and started again. And the result was perfect symmetry and balance.

Here’s a link to a wonderful video that shows three different provisional cast ons, along with some helpful tips – Knitting Daily TV: Provisional Cast Ons. If you’ve never done it before, go ahead and give it a try. It’s easier than it sounds.

I hope you enjoy this easy project!


A New Release!

My newest pattern is the Heavenly Cowl!

I wanted to design something with a SweetGeorgia Yarn. SweetGeorgia Yarns is a Canadian hand-dyed yarn company with beautiful yarns and colours. I used CashSilk Lace, a silk and cashmere lace yarn. This cowl is light, airy, ethereal, … heavenly. It’s perfect for spring. And the yarn is heavenly to work with – sooo soft! This pattern is perfect for this type of luxurious yarn. We usually buy only one skein of a luxury yarn, right? This is a one-skein luxury yarn project.


This is a quick knit, but it does require attention to a few details.

This is a lace-weight yarn and it’s worked on US 4 needles. It must be blocked to open the lace pattern and to achieve the finished size. The cast-on and bind-off edges must be loose so that they stretch during blocking. When casting on, use both needles held together or a larger needle. And use a larger needle when binding off. Or, if you have a favourite stretchy cast-on or bind-off that you like to use, this is the time to use it.

It is worked in the round in one piece. That means casting on a lot of stitches and making sure that they don’t get twisted. When casting on a lot of stitches with the long tail cast on it can be hard to know how much yarn you will need. Try casting on with both ends of your yarn – like this. Keeping track of the number of stitches can be hard too. Do you find yourself counting and re-counting your cast on stitches all the time? Place markers every 10, 50, or 100 stitches to keep track. Remove them when you work the first round. Do you struggle with twisted stitches when casting on in the round? You may want to cast on and knit the first few rounds as rows, worked flat. Then join for knitting in the round and seam those first rows later.

For more tips on knitting this pattern, check out what my test knitters had to say in the test knit thread.

With attention to these details, you will end up with a beautiful light and airy cowl that can be worn long, wrapped twice, or wrapped three times around the neck.