Our smart and stylish friends Ørnulf and Lena live in Norway. The last time we saw them, they took us for an afternoon walk near their home in Bergen, up one mountain, across another, and down a third. It was so much fun. Afterwards, over dinner, they showed us their collection of beautiful hand-knitted mittens for wearing on hikes in the winter, and I’ve had an idea for stranded colourwork mittens in the back of my mind ever since.
My sister brought me one skein of beautiful Italian cashmere from a trip a few years ago, and I put it away because I didn’t know what to do with it. Then last year I got a new winter coat that was almost the same colour as the yarn, and decided the time had come to make something.
I figured a lace cowl would work for the yardage, found a lovely Estonian Twig Lace (Hagakiri) pattern that worked in the round, did a bit of math, concentrated really hard for two-hour bursts, and now I have this lovely cowl. I didn’t come up with the lace pattern myself so I am offering the pattern for free.
Click the link below to download a PDF of the pattern. More information about yarn ideas is included in the pattern.
We were watching AMC’s Turn a while ago, and commenting about how cool-yet-utilitarian main character Abe Woodull’s clearly hand-knit slouchy toque was. I searched online for patterns, found an interesting blog post and a discussion about spelling, but no patterns that looked exactly right.
Abe’s hat looked like it might be a bit itchy, but I thought it would be okay to be slightly less authentic in that regard, and got some super-cozy Woolfolk SNO to make this hat. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out!
It’s equally fashionable on men and women!