My planning, as usual, is not really spot-on. I have to admit to that. ‘Why?’ I hear you ask. Well, because we are really moving into Spring here on the northern hemisphere. The sun is coming out and temperatures are going up. And I just finished and released the pattern of a warm and woolly cowl. Something to keep you warm during chilly winter days. Hence the name: Winter Days Cowl!
Luckily, the other half of the world is slowly moving towards the colder half of the year…
On the other hand, temperatures still do really drop a lot during the night and mornings are still a bit chilly. And then a bit of snuggly wool around your neck keeps you nice and warm. For instance when the dog needs to go out…
If you feel the strong urge to make one yourself, then stop reading and hop over to Ravelry to secure yourself a version of the pattern! I’ll tell you a bit more about the pattern and the yarn below.
It all started with Gillian’s beautiful hand-dyed yarn that she showed on Instagram. Gillian started dying yarns on a small scale a little while ago and when I saw this one, I was hooked. This particular one is a super chunky yarn and the colourway is called The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music (check Gilliangladrag.co.uk for availability.) The names for Gillian’s yarns are just brilliant.
I bought two of this particular one and I had to admire it for a bit before turning it into something.
I knitted a few swatches to see how the yarn would look with different needle sizes and stitch patterns. The yarn, however, doesn’t need fancy stitches or patterns… it shines in plain stockinette stitch!
Now, let’s take a moment and just admire the texture and colours of this Holy Fluff… I actually like it so much that I’m currently using this photo as a wallpaper on my phone!
My goal was to design something that could be made using just one 200g skein of Gillian’s yarn. A cowl was the obvious choice! I personally like wearing cowls, they’re nice and snug around your neck and keep you warm. But there’s this little spot just below your neck that’s often bare. You know, when you don’t close your coat all the way up? That little piece of chest just below your neck? The Winter Days Cowl solves this first-world problem for you with the tip that’s attached to it.
You can wear your Winter Days Cowl in two ways: either with the cowl folded down or rolled down. The rolled edge adds a nice texture to the main parts in stockinette stitch
The pattern is available on Ravelry. I really hope you like it and I’d love to hear your comments! Enjoy!