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Friday, October 11, 2013

New Patttern: The SABLE Scowl!

New pattern guys! I'm really in love with this one. The samples were a pleasure to design and knit, and they came from an idea I've been mulling over for a long time. I wanted a shawl-cowl (Scowl - get it?) that would work up in any weight of yarn, show off all the cool striping things that handspun has to offer, and be a relatively quick knit in heavier weights. Also important: a simple, non fussy lace edging that can pass as feminine, or not so feminine, depending on your styling, enough texture and detail to look fab in a solid colourway, and the ability to use the entire single skein of yarn. I can't be the only one drowning in leftovers, can I?

From the pattern:

Do you have a large yarn stash? I do. An appropriate knitterly acronym has been coined, I believe, by the incomparable Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. SABLE: Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy. Pretty grim, eh? My real stash weakness is single skeins of handspun. I love spinning beautiful colours and fibres, but it can be tricky to find a single skein project that shows off my yarny handiwork. Enter the SABLE Scowl - a single skein project featuring the wearability of a cowl and the styling of a shawl. It uses 100g (3.5oz) of any yarn weight, uses every last yard of your precious skein, and shows off gradients, stripes, and texture. It's everything you need to avoid SABLE! Not a spinner? Imagine the possibilities in variegated, hand dyed, or
striping yarn!

61cm (24in) at neck opening. Bottom varies depending on yarn weight and gauge.
Depends on your yarn choice. Choose a dense enough gauge that the cowl will stand up a bit at the neck.
Materials Required: 
Yarn: 100 grams of anything! The pattern allows for any weight of yarn. The samples are worked in handspun super bulky and heavy worsted weight.
6 stitch markers.
Depends on your chosen gauge.
Novice - intermediate. Requires the ability to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, work flat and in the round, and work simple lace. It helps if you are confident enough to chose your own gauge and read your knitting.

So many thanks to Amanda and Hayley for bringing the "lesbian heat" (ask Amanda, I don't know) to our impromptu knit night photoshoot, and to Kathryn and Rebekkah for test knitting! My knitting ladies are the bomb.


  1. You're 100% welcome Em! It is an awesome pattern, and brilliant to knit (trust me, I've been raving to all my knitting friends about how intuitive it is to memorize!) I love it, and plan on making about a million more for gifts so I can buy lots more gorgeous one off skeins of yarn and have something to do with them :D

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it :D I can't wait to see yours!