Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Courtly Cowl

When I designed the Astoria Wrap for the Knotty Knitters Calendar, I was so smitten with the cable and lace stitch pattern combo paired with a pointy garter stitch edging that I had to take it further...
...and make it a cowl as well!
Malabrigo Worsted in Tuareg
The cowl begins with the garter stitch edging and then morphs into the cable and lace pattern. I mirrored the edging on the bind-off edge and after a bit of tweaking got it to work.
Then I pushed it a little more and made it a bigger cowl that double-wraps around your neck and drapes its pointy edging all over the place. And that's how I made my favorite cowl of all time. Seriously. I love this thing. The blue small one and the brown big one are both made with Malabrigo Worsted, one of my all-time favorite yarns. You can see why I love this cowl, what with all the favorites going on here. 

Malabrigo Worsted in Roanoke
At first I just made the cowl as a fun project for myself, not planning on ever publishing it. But every time I wore it, I got the nicest compliments, so I took the hint.

Now it's a real, live pattern all its own! It's called the Courtly Cowl, because it looks kind of court jester to me, but also kind of queenly. 

Look at how many ways there are to wear the smaller version:

Neat, tidy, and queenly with just the lower edge showing...

...or pointy edging peeking a little at the top and bottom...

...or all-out crazy and jesterly!

This blue one is the deep version. Meaning there are two versions of each cowl advised in the pattern. You can make the small in a short version (shown below), the small in the tall version, and the large cowl in either short or tall--you decide.
Malabrigo Worsted in Water Green
If you'd like to try the Courtly Cowl, head on over to Figheadh and grab one for yourself. Choose your favorite soft and cozy heavy worsted yarn and get to stitching. I hope you'll let me know how you like the project if you do make one.

Thanks for visiting!


La Rue said...

The small version still reminds me of a tiara. it is such an elegant design. All the colors are beautiful as well. Love them all!!!

Jen Hagan said...

Thank you, LaRue!