Rock House Reservation, West Brookfield MA
Living in New England, Fall is a highlight. The beauty of the trees softens the blow of the impending chill that follows it. While the temperatures are definitely cooling, the sun can still warm a day beyond its potential.
Dressing for fall can be a challenge on days like the one pictured above. These day call for layers; and often, less is more. I find that a warm neck more than compensates for a jacket. This cowl is designed to be that go-to accessory for fall days and it will carry you through to winter. The wide cable panel is reminiscent of fall days spent meandering through leaf covered trails.
I am happy to release this unisex pattern featuring Miss Babs Yarns new aran weight BFL, Northumbria Aran, a 3-ply 100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester wool. The yarn was wonderful to knit! The long staples of the BFL make the yarn lustrous and very silky smooth. The BFL takes the dye so beautifully that I found myself slowed by the number of times I stopped to admire my work, or rather, Miss Babs’ handiwork! The 3-ply gives the cables just the pop they need!
Pattern: The pattern is both written and charted. While it is one size, the pattern is easily altered to make the circumference smaller or larger. The cowl uses i-cord cast on and bind off to create nice finished edges.
Yarn: 1 skein of Miss Babs Yarns “Northumbria” Aran, [3-ply 100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester Wool, 100 grams 188 yards). The colorway shown is Luna Granite, a lustrous grey with a hint of lavender to it in some lights; just stunning!
Needle: US Size 8 (5.0 mm) 16 inch circular needle or size to obtain gauge. (I used the new Knitters Pride needle and loved the 16″. )
Finished Measurements after blocking: circumference: 22 inches [56cm]; height: 7.5 inches [19 cm].
If you are on your way TKGA in Greensboro, NC or Fiber Space in Alexandria VA this weekend or New York Sheep and Wool in Rhinebeck, NY in October, find Miss Babs and grab a skein of NU Aran. You won’t be disappointed!
(P.S. matching mittens are coming too! grab a bonus skein for a matching set!)