Thursday, May 5, 2011

Another Quince Project

Yesterday my Cat Cay Cowl pattern was published on the Quince and Company website. I designed this cowl while anticipating our spring break vacation to Cat Cay in the Bahamas. Consequently, the stitch patterns include beach references: cables (ropes), embossed diamonds (flags), and small pebbly patterns (ripples on the water), all worked in a beautiful ocean blue shade of Tern (75% merino, 25% silk).

This cowl is knitted in the round but Murphy's Law ensured that the "seam" was front and center for the photograph. Oh well.

I used the decorative Channel Island cast-on to give a pretty edge to the cowl, but the instructions you'll download from Quince and Company were simplified to specify the more common long-tail cast-on. Those of you with eagle eyes will certainly notice the difference. Fortunately, there are several very good demonstrations of the Channel Island cast-on on YouTube. I encourage you to try it.

So that the bind-off edge would match the cast-on, I used the Channel Island bind-off, a technique explained and illustrated in Vintage Modern Knits by Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn (Interweave, 2011). Believe me, instructions for this bind-off alone are worth the cover price of the book!


homeschoolmom said...

Ann, You make such beautiful things! Love your new cowl design! It may sound corny, but seeing it actually brought happy tears to my eyes! I guess I just love knitting that much and I appreciate the work you do. :D Thank you!

Virginia said...

I wouldn't have noticed the seam if you hadn't pointed it out. :)

And yeah, Vintage Modern Knits is a great book!