Look! My new designs from Premier Yarns:
This classic Cable Slouch & Cowl has just enough zip to keep you interested without taxing your brain too much. Best of all, it is a free pattern! Whoo hoo! Click on the link in the title to take you straight to the download page. The link to the pattern page on Ravelry is here.
I worked it in Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Sequins in Chocolate Drops. Before I designed this set, I have to say I was anti-bling in my yarn. But let me tell you I have been converted. There isn't too much shine, just enough for a gentle sparkle. Best of all, the sequins are random. You too may surprise yourself and be smitten by sequins.
Premier Yarns had a fashion show at Vogue Knitting Live just a few weeks ago and these were showcased there. I have another set that isn't on the website quite yet, so I can show you that soon.
The set is a quick knit, even with the cowl being so long because it works up at 3.5 stitches and 4.5 rows per inch in stockinette stitch. The set is surprisingly lightweight. The slouch is worked in the round and would make a perfect gift and will be finished before you know it. Don't be intimidated by the cables. They are a basic 9 stitch cable that are just twisted at two different times in the repeat. Totally easy.
Here's the shaping in the back:
The slouch is 16" unstretched and stretches easily to 22+ and does not constrict in any way. The cowl is worked flat and can be worn long or doubled. Here is the fabulous Ren from Purl Yarn Boutique sportin' it flat and wrapped twice:
And both pieces:
Isn't it funny she is wearing a blue shirt the same as Premier's model?
The slouch requires 3 balls (198 yards) and the scarf 6 (485 yards ) or 8 total (683 yards) if working both.
Many thanks to Sheila at One World Button Supply Company for the charming wood slice buttons. Ren carries their scrumptious line. They are one of my favorites for distinctive, original products that give our hand knits that special finishing touch.
What else have I been doing the last month, you ask? Well, I know you wouldn't be surprised to here Miss Kate and I ventured to Arizona. Here we are enjoying lunch with my mom, brother (taking the pic), sister-in-law and the Great Paige:
Can you stand it? No, I can't either. The Great Paige is 6 months now and is pretty perfect.
My mom and I went yarn hopping as well and she bought me this stunning sweater kit on sale from Jessica Knits, also a yummy neutral chocolate brown:
Torino bulky from Tahki Stacy Charles is a plush merino with an inseresting twist that I plan (cough, cough) to work this winter as well.
Between deadlines, I even finished the second sleeve of Gaia (free pattern link):
I hope to finish the button bands in the next couple days. And I get to pick buttons! My favorite part.
Hope you have enjoyed fall wherever you may be. It has been pretty perfect in Billings: