Our fall Mystery Knitalong for 2014 has been revealed! Zuzu’s Petals is a clever and versatile accessory that you can knit in many different yarns. Jane choose this pattern from the bunch because it was really fun to divide up into mysterious weekly clues and we thought most of you would love it. I hope you did! (If you did the MKAL along with Jane, your signup fee covered the pretty hard copy of the pattern – stop by to pick it up or call us to have it sent to you 508-457-9513).
The solid center with lacy edging detail resembles a popular style of triangular shawl when worn, but it is connected like a cowl. It pulls right over your head and won’t fall off!
My version uses one skein of the Freia Fibers handpainted Wool Sport Ombre, in the “Lichen” colorway. Even though I followed the sport weight instructions, I did knit this on a size 8 needle – two sizes larger than required – to make it loose and lacy. This was a really quick project. I cast on for mine on Sunday and blocked it on Thursday! If you have a single skein of something fabulous, this would be a great pattern suggestion. We have both versions on display at the store right now if you’d like to stop by and check them out. The pattern is available both in print at the shop or via Ravelry download.
Pattern: Zuzu’s Petals Cowl by Carina Spenser, available in print or via Ravelry Download
Yarn: 220 yards of sportweight or 155 yards of worsted weight
Notes: The pattern calls for a “garter tab” cast on, which is common also for triangular shawls that feature a garter stitch edge. Celeste wrote us a tutorial on how to do it here. Though this cowl calls for either sport or worsted weight, you can get away with playing with different yarns, as I did, by changing needle size. Just make sure that you have more than enough yarn so that you don’t run out!