Volterra Cowl

Posted by on Dec 22, 2012 in Design Diversions, Knitting, Travels | Comments Off

 

I am pleased to announce a new pattern to induct the new look for my website.

Volterra, a chunky cowl knit in a reversible lace stitch.

Volterra Cowl

I originally created the stitch when trying to find the perfect thing to show off some handspun that was given to me by a friend, Becky Herrick. This was the sneak peak I gave a few weeks ago. I love the final cowl, but I wanted to do the pattern sample in a commercial yarn. I don’t spin enough to really know my way around the handspinning pattern track (although I still definitely recommend this pattern for it), so I wanted something else that would appeal. Miraculously, yarn sent from Uruguay got here in 10 days, so the whole thing came together in time for a last minute gift.

I even got to go to the town of Volterra for a photoshoot.

volterra_landscape

The rolling hills around Volterra are typical of southern Tuscany, and the way they moved in multiple directions inspired the stitch pattern, which both moves with diagonal eyelets and decreases, and in rolls because of the alternation of knit side and purl side.


The pattern includes directions for two yarn weights, aran/bulky and super bulky. The blue sample is knit in one skein of Malabrigo Rasta, Solis (Thank you!). Once the strip is knit it can be finished either as a moebius, as shown here, or as a tube.

volterra_rasta_simple

I spent a lot of my pattern writing figuring out a way to make the grafting really simple – I ended up inserting a few plain rows to do it, as grafting in lace is a fun challenge, but not quite right for this quick knit. I knit mine in about 3 hours.
I think it would be smashing for a man’s cowl, as well, as I see men wearing these thick chunky cowls all over Italy – your mileage and man may vary.


I thought it might be just right for some last minute gift knitting, or for a gift for yourself after all the holiday preparations and enjoyment.
Visit the pattern catalog page for more details, and buying information. From now on all my self published patterns will be available directly through my website, on Ravelry, and as wholesale hardcopies from my distributor, Stitch Sprouts.
This last month has been a bit of whirlwind, design-wise. After months of feeling stalled I signed on with a wholesaler, got my website redone, turned 30, and published a new pattern.
It’s good to feel back on track. Have wonderful holidays and New Year! I’ll be back with some interesting ways this cowl can be modified.