My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Nordic Cowl

First things first, congratulations to Judy Exline whose comment was chosen by the Random Number Generator to win a copy of Lovely Knitted Lace: A Geometric Approach to Gorgeous Wearables by Brooke Nico. A big thank you to the publisher for supplying a free copy and to everyone who entered the giveaway.

So . . . what’s on my needles now?

I had a two-color scarf I started. I started it three times. The first time I started it as a double-knit scarf, but at about 40 rows in I decided it wasn’t working. There was not enough contrast between the two colors worked in double knitting. So I started it again, working it in the round. Well, guess what? There still was not enough contrast between the two colors. So I started it for the third time with some Kauni yarn. Lovely-looking and great color contrast, but 8″ or so into the project I decided that I wanted the scarf done in a softer yarn, so once again, abandoned the project.

I ordered yarn to try again, but in the meantime, I started this:


This is a cowl, knit from a seriously yummy yarn, Sun Valley Fibers 75/15/10 Merino Cashmere Silk Fingering, 400 yards per skein. The two colorways I am using are “Blueberry Crumble” and “Waterfalls.” The yarn is so soft and lovely, and the two colorways look so good together, a nice subtle contrast.

Ignore the pink at the bottom of the cowl — that’s a provisional cast-on. I am knitting this with a self-facing and will finish it off with a three-needle bind-off.


If you look closely, you will see that I’ve reversed the colors on the facing, just for fun.


So you can change the look of the cowl by turning it inside-out.

This is my own design, and I’m working the pattern up in three sizes: 21.75 (27, 32.5)” around. I am knitting the largest one and will easily get the cowl out of one skein of each of the two colors.

I am halfway through the facing at this point so this will be completed soon. Then it will be back to the scarf . . . fourth try!

While I knit, Loki is busy striking seductive poses.


He has a bit of a “come hither” look in his eyes, I think!


  1. Sexy boy! I love the colors of this new cowl, Wendy!

  2. I love the idea of of a reversible facing for a fairisle cowl. I just restarted a cowl because when I wore it all I could see was the stranding on the inside. Look foreward to seeing your finished pattern.

  3. I LOVE THIS COWL!!!! Can’t wait for the finished pattern…
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  4. catspaw says:

    That may be my favorite cowl ever. Gleefully anticipating the pattern.
    Looks like you’ll get a snow day tomorrow.

  5. Mary Lou says:

    Really nice! I’m awaiting the pattern publication with joyful anticipation!

  6. Love the colors and the pattern! Hope you’ll publish this one too.
    That Loki is one seriously good-lookin’ guy! And I think he knows it!

  7. Catherine S. says:

    Thanks in advance for writing up this pattern, Wendy. It’s one of my favorites. Still grinding along on my Britta Cowl, using a 5×5 checkerboard on the inside facing. I broke my beloved Holz & Stein 3mm ebony circ only to learn the company is back up & running again! And! they will repair my needle! O, happy day!

  8. Your current knitting project, the cowl, is gorgeous! One of the prettiest patterns I have seen in a long time. As for Loki, who could resist him?

  9. The cowl is really beautiful! I would knit that pattern in a heartbeat but I would probably attempt it as a doubleknit…maybe. 🙂

  10. Michaela says:

    The cowl looks great!!

  11. I agree that the new cowl is gorgeous. REALLY looking forward to the pattern.

  12. congrats Judy; lovely work Wendy; hubba hubba Loki!!

  13. That is a seriously beautiful pattern!

  14. LaVelle Nott says:

    Loki has really blossomed since you brought him home. I think you two are very good for each other. He looks so soft.

  15. WooHoo!! I am really excited about the lace book. Can’t wait to dive into it.
    Loki looks very “come hither” My Coley knows that look well. LOL
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  16. Great cowl! I love the way it will be two-sided. The subtle difference looks really neat.
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  17. Katherine says:

    You amaze me!! You are always doing such beautiful work, and working full time, too! I wish my thumb and wrist could last that long. Your work is beautiful, and your sock books are my very favorites!!! Happy Knitting.

  18. Beautiful cowl, and I love the reversible aspect.

    Ummm, Loki, what would you do if the come-hither look worked?

  19. Beautiful cowl! Love Sun Valley Fibers’ yarn, very pretty.

  20. The cowl is beautiful! Loki is really so much like Portia 😀

  21. Amy Williams says:

    Absolutely stunning. What a challenge!