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Here’s a new free pattern ‘Tess’ for this cowl which I made for my son’s girlfriend this Christmas. The instructions are in written and chart form. I used ‘Karisma’ a DK yarn from Drops, but I think it would be equally gorgeous in all manner of yarns – and especially luxurious in something like Merino light or DK from Madelinetosh!  It is worked very loosely and the gauge isn’t too important. In my sample it is a generous 14in wide and 65in long (all the way round)

The free pattern is available from my Ravelry Store or to download here <a href=””>download now</a>



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What a process it has been to produce this pattern!  Having ‘made up’ patterns for years, I had thought it would be relatively easy! My admiration for all you knitting designers has grown enormously!

The hardest part was to work it out for different sizes without having to knit it yet again… and then all that checking and re-checking! Oh dear….. BUT, its finished!   … and, although I will have another go at getting better photographs when my son and the sweater come home in a week or two, it IS available for download through Ravelry

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Now for the next one….  ??


Fingal front detail

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FINGAL is the name I’ve given the pullover I have finally re-knitted and written the pattern for. Its been a long time in the making, many get-togethers with my son Dan in order to create a garment that is comfortable and manly, that doesn’t have cables (HOW can a son of mine not want cables!), that isn’t too unshapely, not too fussy….  it was hard to discover what we DID want. This is the result and we are both very happy with it!
The first version (see hannaknits1 on Ravelry) was knitted with a wonderful British yarn from Lesley Wickham  ( who breeds different varieties of sheep on her farm in mid Wales.  It was inspired by Elizabeth Zimmermann’s brilliant construction ideas in ‘Knitting Without Tears’, in the section on knitting sweaters in the round without seams.  The second version is made from Berroco Ultra Alpaca yarn, ultra soft and a joy to knit with. I like them both, as does my son.

The pattern will be available on Ravelry within a few days.

Fingal and treesFingal back

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