I have been eye-balling Cowichan sweaters for a few months now, so being in the design process is a little exciting.
I’ve got a few pictures saved for color, design or shape inspiration…
And thanks to a little free time and some Excel magic, I think I have my main motif figured out. Can’t wait to swatch this out and see if it works!
As for cardigan construction, I’m a little torn about knitting in pieces vs top down. I think once this is knit up, it may benefit from the structure of seaming things up, but I really need things to line up, so I’m worried.
I also need to figure out my yarn choice. My eagle design is 50 sitches wide by 23 tall, so I’m thinking a worsted weight wool is the way to go here.
If anyone has ideas, I’m all ears!
Maybe I’m getting a little cocky knowing my Christmas knitting is mostly in the bag. I have Mom’s qiviut cowl done, my MIL’s shawl just needs to be blocked (FO post coming soon) and 1 1/2 of 5 color-stranded hats finished. At this rate, I should be done and Christmas-ready by mid-November.
With any luck, this all means I might have time to finish a little something for you-know-who!
Enter the Cowichan Sweater.
I think I need one. I need one bad. Time to get planning.
Photo from the Canadian TV series Heartland – my latest guilty pleasure.
With Christmas Gift #1 ready for gift wrap and Christmas Gift #2 well under way, I’m feeling more organized than I have in my entire Christmas Knitting career. I’m not sure, but I just may finish gift #2 in just a couple of weeks.
That is super good news, because I have so much more to knit…….
When it is finished, this will be a Light and Up shawl. You can get the pattern and yarn from Craftsy. This would be in Malabrigo. Colorway: playa.
The colors are soothing, and remind me of river rock. I wish my camera would have picked up on that…
It has only been a few short weeks since I wound my amazingly soft qiviut yarn into a ball so the Christmas knitting could commence and the stuff has already been magically transformed.
Gift #1 is already off the needles.
The pattern is Heavenly Cowl by Leah Michelle Designs.
The scrumptious Arctic Treasure qiviut can be purchased from http://www.northernthreads.net just in case you need to be ridiculously self-indulgent. Northern Threads was super quick to ship and by far had the best price. This is the Alaskan Raspberry colorway. One skein got me 6 pattern repeats with a bit left over to pet and play with at whim.