Archive for November, 2012

NEW Pattern: Rowan Cowl

We are thrilled to introduce you to a new designer, Dagmar Mora, here at Polkadotsheep.com. Just in time for Christmas knitting, we now have her new cowl for you, Rowan Cowl.

This is what Dagmar has to say about her cowl…

A thick and warm cowl that can be adjusted to any size. The stitch pattern is reminiscent of the distinct pinnate leaves of the Rowan tree. Rowan trees display the most vibrant autumn colours, and the name Rowan is thought to come from the proto-Germanic word raudnian, which means “getting red”. What better name for a cowl that will keep you warm on those chilly autumn days!

While looking like complex cables at first glance, the rowan leaf design is made actually made using twisted stitches with small cables on each edge. When made to pattern gauge, the cowl will measure approximately 6 1/2 x 23 1/4″ (16.5 x 59 cm). But you could easily lengthen the cowl by adding more pattern repeats (or shorten by removing one).

The gauge of the pattern is suitable for a worsted or heavy worsted (aran) weight yarn. We stock a number of yarns that would look smashing knit up in the Rowan Cowl. I cast on my cowl in Berroco Comfort. The reasoning behind this yarn choice was the stitch definition of Comfort and its ease of care. I am planning to give the cowl as a gift at a gift exchange where I am unsure about the recipient. The acrylic/nylon blend Comfort is a perfect choice.

Possible yarn choices: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Berroco Comfort, Berroco Vintage, New England Highland, madelinetosh DK, Malabrigo Worsted

Needles: US 8/5mm (or size to obtain gauge) and a cable needle (if you use one)

5 buttons (about 3/4″ / 2 cm)

One of Dagmar’s test knitters says “Dagmar’s patterns are clear, easy to follow and  include great tips and techniques that I still use on other projects.” The Rowan cowl has both written and charted instructions.

I am looking forward to finishing my cowl and gifting it. Thus far, it has kept my attention which tends to run in all directions this time of year.

Happy Knitting!

~Angela M.

November 30, 2012 at 7:00 am 4 comments

Monsters Adventuring!

Some of the monsters from our knitalong are all finished and out having adventures already!

Kristy’s Ivy headed right out into the wilds of Montana and ignored all prudent advice about interacting with bears. Very brave for such a little monster! Ivy was made using Berroco Sox Metallic (striping yarn) with leftover yarns in solids.

Theresa’s Daphne and Delilah, knit with vintage Brown Sheep, also wanted to go out into the wilds. Desiring to be well prepared, they read up on encountering bears and stopped by the Sportsman & Ski Haus for some bear spray. But they know that you are not to approach bears, unlike Ivy.

Ticklishgypsy’s Penelope decided to keep her wildlife encounters closer to home. However, she is not sure if the kitty really means well and would rather snuggle with a human being. Penelope is perfect for snuggling since she is made with the soft and smooshy Malabrigo Worsted and other assorted yarns.

Then there is the home body type monster in the bunch, Melissa’s Baldwin. He decided to forgo all adventuring and stay in his favorite place, Melissa’s El Bano. He is knit in Malabrigo Worsted.

Our KAL is not quite over so keep your eyes open for more monsters adventuring or perhaps just snuggling and playing with their friends.

All the monsters shown here are designed by Rebecca Danger. They are either available as individual patterns in store at the Knit ‘n Needle or on Ravelry except Baldwin, he is in the fabulous The Big Book of Knitted Monsters.

These little guys are really easy and fun to knit and any yarn works with them. Surely someone in your life would be delighted to find a monster under the Christmas tree.

Looking towards Christmas, I will be serving up some posts with gift suggestions to knit and to give to the yarn lovers in your life (or for you to use a hint to those who love you). We are also plotting a new KAL with a new skill for the New Year, look for details later in December.

Happy Knitting!

~Angela M.

All photos in this blog were taken by the knitters of the pictured monster and used with permission.

November 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

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