Neon Diamond Cowl: A Free Pattern

Today’s post is a short one! I hope everyone has had a wonderful Easter long weekend. Despite it being rather hectic for me, I found the time to finish up a pattern design I’ve been working on.

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Introducing the “Neon Diamond Cowl“. This is a DK weight textured colourwork cowl that is knit in the round, twisted, and then sewn together at the end. I hope you enjoy it. I have tried to ensure that the pattern is error-free, but if you notice any mistakes, or require assistance, feel free to message me on the blog, or on Ravelry. My username is Hoodedfang.

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Cables and the Bowl that is not for Soup

I went to the library the other day and found some wonderful books that had cables and techniques for cabling in them and I’ve been trying to come up with a cabled cowl pattern. I’m almost done, but I’m not quite happy with it yet, so it may be a while yet before I post pictures and the pattern. I’ve almost completely ruined the first part of the ball of Malabrigo Worsted Merino because I keep changing my mind and ripping back.

So, tonight’s post is going to be about a fantastic gift that I got for Christmas. I guess that with moving back home to work, my parent’s have now come to realize the scope of my obsession and passion for knitting. My father has often commented on the way that balls of yarn escape me and roll about the room in which I work. So, for Christmas, he and my mother surprised me by getting me a hand crafted yarn bowl. I’m in love with it, and it does stop the problem of balls of yarn escaping around the house. It’s actually quite handy, and it has a neat little spiral cut out to pull the yarn through. But like every good gift, it is really the thought and motivation behind it that counts.

I can’t say for certain, but I’m fairly sure, that my father has never been in a yarn store without me being present, so trying to figure out how he managed to even know about the existence of such a thing had me flabbergasted, but apparently on a weekend when we had gone to see a play in Stratford, he had doubled back to drop things off in our hotel room, and snuck back into the yarn shop to get it! The story just makes the whole thing so much better!

I’ve taken a picture of it so you can see my new favourite toy…

My Morning Crossword Cowl

Well I’ve managed to fix the cabling on my socks and now I love them! I’ve also had the opportunity to work out a new pattern for a cowl. My brother gave me two skeins of a Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca in the colourway Crimson for Christmas which have made the cowl super soft and luxurious and I added some buttons for a little bit of whimsy. This is the pattern for it, I hope you enjoy! My Morning Crossword Cowl