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Test Knitters Needed!

Calling out to all knitters! So you may have noticed that I have been rather slow on releasing my patterns. Well, my poor excuses are that I've been busy knitting updated versions of my older designs and making sure the patterns have been edited for mistakes (which is quite difficult). So I thought, why not ask for some help? If you have some extra yarn in your stash, have some free time and want a new project to work on, I do have some patterns for you! When you sign up for a project, you will be getting the pattern for free as all of these will be going on Raverly and Etsy for purchase.

I just need one person per pattern to knit and point out any problematic areas but the patterns are:

Sakura Shawl

Sakura Shawl

Sakura Shawl:
Difficulty level: Medium

Requires knowledge of short rows, working lace and picking up stitches.

Kikyou Shawl

Kikyou Shawl

Kikyou Shawl

Difficulty level: Medium

Requires knowledge of short rows, working intricate lace, picking up stitches and picot bind-off.

Kyokuro Boushi

Kyokuro Boushi

Kyokuro Boushi

Difficulty level: Advanced Beginner

Requires knowledge of knitting in the round, working cables.

Lovely Leaves Shawl

Lovely Leaves Shawl

Lovely Leaves Shawl

Difficulty level: Medium

Requires knowledge of working lace

If you are interested, contact me on my FB page or email me at fdanoy [at] gmail [dot] com. 

New Yarn Shipment

Getting yarn in the mail is one of the most exciting things ever. This yarn is going to be used on a commissioned piece, the Ooh-La-La Shawlette.

100% Lace Merino Wool. Colour is Grage #9.

100% Lace Merino Wool. Colour is Grage #9.

Ochiba Cowl(落葉カウル)

I am surrounded by nature: green pastures, rolling hills, lush forests and grand mountains. It would be silly if I didn't knit a few items that weren't inspired by such views. Also, I was going through my earlier designs and thought it would be best to retire them. The first to go is the Honey Comb Cowl, and it is to be (hopefully) replaced by the cowl that I am naming the "Ochiba Cowl". Ochiba is Japanese for fallen leaves.

All Images @ Roston Willis. Here you can see how the cowl falls.

This cowl uses 300 yards of worsted weight yarn in superwash wool on size 8 32" circular needles and 5 straight needles. This current version incorporates cable, slip stitch and lace patterns, with picked up stitches and an applied border (I find myself quite addicted to those types of constructions). This was also the first time I blocked a cowl, which proved to be challenging at first but I ended up finding a good method. The finished dimensions here are 7" width and 21" length (42" circumference) but the width can be easily adjusted to any size.

From top to bottom: cables, slip stitch and lace.

While this cowl can be worn in any fashion, due to the nature of the slip stitch pattern, I think it is best worn wrapped around the neck. It fits cozily and is sure to keep the neck warm. Definitely a cowl for the colder seasons. 

I have plans to reknit this cowl with a thicker body (and in a green color!) and make some minor adjustments before writing up and publishing the pattern. 

Let me know your thoughts on this cowl? In the meantime, I'll be finishing knitting up a cabled/eyelet hat...