I have two patterns for you today, a shawl and a cowl. The stitch pattern is very similar between the two pieces. Let’s look at the shawl first:
Lochlyn Shawl is a triangle knit sideways. This shawl is rich in texture and colorwork but easy to knit. Very easy to knit! It’s just knits and purls, with a few slipped stitches and an increase. That’s it! I found it so easy, in fact, that after getting familiar with the stitch pattern, I was able to knit for hours without looking at the pattern once. Really, everything happens very predictably and once you get it memorized, it’s a piece of cake. The stitches on the needles will tell you what to do.
The broken garter pattern and the colorwork look much more complicated than it is, but it’s interesting to knit too. I do love a pattern such as this, easy but interesting. You are only working with one color per row, so nothing fancy with the colorwork and yet, the hand dyed yarn co-mingling in interesting ways with the texture of the stitch pattern, really gorgeous.
I used Tosh DK for the project – 2 skeins of Glazed Pecan and 1 skein of Shire for the sample shown. The pattern is easily adjustable, make what ever size suits you.
I think the yarn is key here. I really recommend hand dyed for this project. I used a semi-solid for the main color (that’s color A – glazed pecan) and then I choose a lightly variegated for the contrast color (that’s color B – Shire). The slight differences in shades in the hand dyed yarn really plays well with the stitch patterns and causes almost a shimmer in a certain light.
A deep garter stitch border finishes off this soft and squishy wrap.
Many thanks go to my test knitter Teresa, who tested this shawl pattern for me and make a fabulous version in purples and golds.
I loved this combination of yarn and texture so much, that while still working on the shawl, I began to imagine a cowl. When it came time to knit a sample, I stuck with the autumnal theme and choose 1 skein of Tosh DK in Resin and 1 skein in Cardinal.
I wanted Lochlyn Cowl to be reversible so I played with the stitches until I worked out how to make the solid lines run across both sides of the cowl. The knitting is still very easy and uncomplicated, with patterning on both sides. Once a few repeats had been worked, I put down the pattern and finished the cowl without looking at it again. Really, once all the stitches are all set up, they tell you what to do, just as in the shawl.
The cowl is knit flat, in a long strip and then joined using the three-needle bind-off. You begin with a crochet cast-on and there is a video link in the pattern to both these easy techniques.
I hope you will give these patterns a try! I am running a promotion on Ravelry, through until Friday, October 30, 2015. Purchase the Lochlyn Shawl pattern and receive the Lochlyn Cowl pattern free. Details here.