Friday, August 30, 2013

Kernow Cowl (And A Yarn Story)

I've just released a new pattern.  Introducing...the Kernow Cowl.

Worked in two colors with a simple slipped stitch pattern and a light worsted weight yarn, the cowl works up quickly.  And with only one color used in a row, it's easy for the colorwork-shy. 

As designed, Kernow has a circumference of about 26 inches -- not too tight around your neck, but still cozy and warm, and perfect for tucking under a jacket or oversized sweater.

But it would be a simple matter to add a few repeats and turn the cowl into an infinity scarf. 

The yarn I chose for this project is Pioneer, a 100% Organic Merino naturally dyed by A Verb for Keeping Warm.  It's soft and spongy-squishy and was a joy to knit with, but what I love as much as the yarn itself is the yarn's story.  For this is no ordinary mass-produced merino.  Pioneer is the first in a line of yarns produced by Verb as part of their California Wool Project.  The sheep who provided the wool that went into Pioneer were raised by none other than Sally Fox, perhaps best known for her work with naturally colored cottons.  The full story of Pioneer and the California Wool Project can be found here

Kernow Cowl is available on Ravelry.  I hope you like it.

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