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


Now Available! Plaid Cowl Pattern

Fir the first time in a very long time, I’ve released a new pattern: the Plaid Cowl.

It is available for sale in my Ravelry store, here. The pattern is written in two sizes and beyond that is is very easy to change the size to suit your fancy — full instructions for doing so are in the pattern. Here’s the smaller size:

In celebration of having released a new pattern for the first tie in forever, I’m selling it at the reduced price of $3.00 for the first week. Next Sunday (July 22) the price will go up to $5.00.

Here is an incentive for you to feel sorry for me and purchase my pattern:

I broke my foot on Wednesday morning. Just kidding about the “feel sorry for me and buy my pattern” bit. Well, you can still feel sorry for me and you can still buy my pattern. But you know what I mean.

Fortunately it is a “simple” break so no surgery or anything necessary. It just needs time and rest.

My little nurse is worn out from taking care of me.

I’m going to give away a few copies of the Plaid Cowl pattern. To enter to win a copy, you need to do this:

Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what colors you would use to make the cowl, and also tell me your Ravelry name. I’ll give away several copies throughout this coming week, so be sure to comment before next Sunday!


  1. Hope your foot heals without complications. I’ve been there…
    Gorgeous pattern- especially the bright colors, which would be my first choice – although one can never go wrong with black and white, or gray and pink, or gray and light blue…
    OutWest on Ravelry

  2. What a delightful little nurse you have. They do stick close when one is not feeling well, don’t they?

    I would do the cowl in black and grey to match the colors I wear a lot.

    rhporter on Ravelry

  3. I love your sunset colors so I would use red/purple type yarns. Gorgeous! My name is knittingceleste on ravelry.
    Celeste Nossiter´s last blog post ..Hello world!

  4. Red and black. I’m all about Buffalo Check lately,
    Tenote on Ravelry

  5. Ooh, it’s nice to see a new Wendy pattern! I’d knit mine using variegated greens & blues along with a solid contrast color. Not sure what that would be, though.

  6. Cindy Decker says:

    I’m so sorry about your foot! I’ve broken mine twice, no surgery, wore the boot both times. Praying for a speedy recovery. The pattern is lovely!

  7. catspawlace says:

    I have some Miss Babs in purples and greens that would look wonderful in this and make a great gift for a friend who always wears those colors. For me it would probably be creams and greys. Hope the foot heals cleanly.

  8. Suzanne says:

    I hope you heal quickly. I think I would make it with a solid gray and then a multi-color.

    Suziknits on Ravelry.

  9. What a glorious pattern! I think my usual mermaid colors of blue/ green/ purple would be my first choice, but looking at the smaller one, red white and black might be an interesting plaid as well…keep up the good productive healing time! xox
    My Ravelry handle is gretaknits 😉

  10. Mariela Siegert says:

    Hrm, probably a dark purple and gray or teal. Ravelry is marris1

  11. Hi Wendy, Love the plaid cowl. Really sorry to hear about your poor foot. Hope you will be “good as new” very soon. I am an expert at damaging body parts – mostly legs! Take care and feel better soon. ?❤️

  12. Yellow and green!

  13. Shelley Dawson says:

    Hope you get loads of knitting/crochet in while you’re healing. Love the plaid and I would use ‘midnight’ and’gum grey’ from my stash. Thanks daw8son (Rav name)

  14. Geniaknitz says:

    I’m with Greta! Black, white and a touch of red, for my daughter who wears those colors a lot.
    I’m eugeniap on ravelry.
    Wishing you rapid healing on the foot – ouch@

  15. Jamie L says:

    Hope your foot feels better soon! I would do this cowl in indigo & off white. Beewoman

  16. Patricia Cwick says:

    Oh my, good luck with your foot! I wish you a speedy recovery! I am Pac300 on Ravelry and I would make your new cowl in grays and pinks. You created a beautiful pattern, as always.

  17. Shelley Dawson says:

    My comment disappeared… Sorry about the leg but extra time with needles/hooks, yeh.
    Midnight and Gum grey from my cupboard would look awesome in your plaid. Cheers from daw8son (Rav name)

  18. Lynn Kenny says:

    Hi Wendy, Hope your foot heals quickly and that your”nurse” is most helpful! My Ravelry name is technogrannie and I might knit the plaid in two tones of blue, my favorite color!

  19. Sharon M2 says:

    I dont really know what colors i would you; when in doubt I lean towards blues. toomanyufos
    On ravelry

  20. RoseannE says:

    OUCH! I’m sorry to hear about your injury and, I’m sending healing thoughts for a speedy and complete recovery.

    Your plaid cowl is beautiful! Is probably make it in peach and turquoise for my daughter. She loves that color combo and a few years ago, I made colorwork tam for her in those colors.

    Muy Ravelry name is Soccerballetmom.

  21. I LOVE your new cowl pattern. I would use a speckled yarn and a solid color. I hope you heal quickly!!


  22. So sorry about the foot….don’t rush it (I used to work for a podiatrist)!
    Your new pattern is lovely! I’d make it in an orange & black, the colors of my daughter’s college, Oregon State University!
    My Ravelry is heyjewelie and I hope I win this pattern.
    Julie Ferrari Morgan´s last blog post ..Now Available! Plaid Cowl Pattern

  23. SharonM2 says:

    Im not really sure what colors I would use; when in doubt, I lean towards blues. toomanyufos on ravelry

  24. So sorry about the foot. I hope it heals quickly.
    Lovely cowl! I’m intrigued with gray and gold combinations at the moment.
    Theamia (Rav name)

  25. So very sorry about the foot, but it does give more uninterrupted knitting time. 😉 Gotta look for that silver lining. I think I’d knit this pattern with Malabrigo Arroyo in Fucsia and Aniversario. If not this combo, it will be some combo of Malabrigo Arroyo.
    pamelaric on ravelry

  26. Monica Cataldo says:

    I hope your foot heals quickly – take it easy. I love your new pattern – is that corrugated rib, too?
    Loki makes a cute nurse.
    My ravelry name is monibknits, and I would choose either light and dark green, or dark purple and gray.

  27. I think I’d use black with some sort of gradient.

  28. Jennifer says:

    I am sure your little nurse is taking good care of you. I would use turquoise and hot pink or hot pink and black. My ravelry name is jrf1977.

  29. Light green and variegated greens. LeeLong on Ravelry. Cool pattern.
    Sorry about the foot. I have great empathy as I have broken toes. Just have to keep going. Get well soon.

  30. Christel Yates says:

    So sorry for the break, but glad you don’t need surgery. I would probably use teal and cream. I seem to gravitate to teal lately. I’m knittingrd on Ravelry.

  31. The broken foot stinks but make lemonade out of those lemons! Knit, knit, knit!

    I’d work this cowl up in charcoal & teal, I think. Call me MrsGreenjeans. ?

  32. Been there….done that! I do feel your pain and send best wishes for speedy healing. Love your nurse, too! My colors would be a pale yellow and light Heather gray.

    I’m kittymo on Ravelry.

  33. Debbie Hallamek says:

    I’m thinking purple and aqua or red and black or lime green and yellow. Hmmmm so many possibilities! My Ravelry name is gussek. I’m going to buy the pattern now in case I don’t win!! Sorry about your foot. Hope you heal fast.

  34. Congratulations on designing a great pattern. I can’t wait to knit it. I love to try new things, like knitting plaid. I would use maize and blue, the colors of U of Michigan. I think it would make a great cowl to wear during the football season here. I’m finishing up a sweater using these colors, and I know I’m going to have plenty of leftovers, so the yarn is already waiting for me to pick up my needles! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the pattern.

    I’m yarnyeti on Ravelry.

  35. Deborah Gajee says:

    Hope you heal soon. Also hope your nurse gets a day off in the near future.

  36. I love your new cowl pattern. I would knit it in Alabama college colors crimson and white for a very dear friend that is a huge Alabama alumni and fan. It would make a perfect Christmas surprise gift.

    So sorry about your foot; glad you have Loki for a nurse to take care of you. Take care.

  37. Wow, I have 4 friends end up with a boot in a month! Must be very popular footwear these days. I have some nice hand painted to pair with a black.

  38. I love that cowl! I would love to try making it as I’ve never made one before, only socks. I think I’d try a dark blue and red for my great niece’s school colors – going to a college in PA after living in CA. I think my Ravelry name is AuntTeeCee but I’d have to check for sure. Now on to your ouch-owie! I hope you are able to stay off it so it can heal. Hope your kittie know how to hoe and water the garden.

  39. I’m guessing your little nurse thinks his human is very silly for hurting herself! Hope it heals quickly.
    I would do the cowl in shades of blue, or black and red like my clan tartan!
    My ravelry name is SassyFrass

  40. So sorry about your foot. I wish you a speedy recovery. I love the cowl pattern. I would use purple and green. It’s a color combination that I am into these days. Take care, and don’t let the little nurse work too hard! Ravelry name is Geegaw.

  41. Oh no! Feel better soon!

  42. Nancie Williams says:

    At least you have a boot – I had a cast and crutches for six very long weeks – hope you heal quickly. I would do this in various school colors for all the family kids going off to college this fall. Ravelry is e4short.

  43. Hi Wendy,
    I think I would love this cowl in green and blue or shades of purple. I’ll wait to buy the pattern until Saturday, just in case I win a copy.
    Thanks for the chance.

  44. Jackie Felix says:

    Hi Wendy,
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery! I remember being on crutches while I was a real estate agent. Nothing like showing houses on crutches for six weeks…
    Anyway, my oldest granddaughter loves the socks and cowls that I knit for her, and she is getting ready to go to Lakeland University. I would make this in gold and blue, her new school colors.
    My Ravelry name is Jackie-Lynn

  45. Lestersmama says:

    As a proud Nova Scotian, I would knit it up in the blue, white, yellow, green and black of the Nova Scotia tartan. I’m Lestersmama on Rav.
    Very sorry about your foot. Keep it elevated, eat lots of protein, and have lots of kitty cuddles.

  46. Gayle Joseph says:

    So sorry about your foot~hope it heals quickly. I would knit the Cowl in red & white or navy & white.


  47. sorry about your foot. Wishing you a speedy recovery. I would knit the cowl in blue and green. Roxiesmom.

  48. Sorry about your foot. Wishing you a speedy recovery. I would knit cowl in blue and green. Roxiesmom

  49. Bluetoespinner says:

    Beautiful Cowls!

    I just finished recovering front a broken toe and stitches. I wish you a speedy recovery.

  50. Sorry to hear about your break. Hope it heals quickly! I broke the humerous (no joke) bone in my left arm last Aug and couldn’t knit til Dec. Still exercising to get it back to normal, knitting helps! Thankful it wasn’t your arm!!! Seriously hoped you would make this cowl pattern available…loved it since I first saw it. Mine will be black/ivory, others will be what ever they choose (know at least two who will want one.) Love your nurse…my Rag Doll still acts like my shadow; quite a comfort for healing.
    Thanks, cappycat on Ravelry. previous post on Email

  51. Tiffanie says:

    Ouchie! Very sorry about your foot. Glad Loki is there to give his floofy love. That yarn tote in the photo is cleverly designed.

    Your plaid cowl looks like great fun, a chance to re-teach myself how to knit in two colors using both hands. 😀 I would try Spincycle Dyed in the Wool in the Truth Bomb + the Tangled Up in Blue colorways. Those yarns are sold out online, and that’s the only thing stopping me from casting on. Well, that and an agreement I have with my credit cards that I will only knit from the yarn stash for a few more months. I’m tiffanie on Ravelry.

  52. Love the cowl. I would use a dark green and a cream. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Hope that your foot heals quickly. I’m Gracie57 on Rav

  53. Too warm to have a cast on your leg – hope you heal quickly. I would knit it in light gray and turquoise blue – MarlaF on Ravelry. Thanks – feel better soon.

  54. I wear a lot of colors, but the black white versions would go with so much of my wardrobe. Genius cowl. Sorry about your foot. That’s an ouch, particularly with the heat of the summer. Take care of yourself. DrMarta

  55. So beautiful! It has a vibe about it of that beautiful Kirsten Olson Bohus sweater, the checkerboard. That said, I think I would use blues and greens. I would love to see it in blues and greens.

    I am so sorry about your foot!!!!! Please get well soon. I hope you broke it doing something fun – dancing the tango with a handsome stranger or doing undercover work for MI6.

  56. Orange and brown

  57. Abby Hodges says:

    I would use a neutral and a handspun with light color changes. Abbymh on ravelry. Love the pattern.

  58. Skibum on Ravelry. I would pair a rich med brown with a vibrant teal..

  59. Robin F. says:

    Sorry about your foot- at least your boot is a nice color- usually they are navy. I love the new pattern – I would do it in red and black – Stashmaven on Rav.

  60. Marietta says:

    I would do this in bright shades of blue & aqua – – I’m Knitknurse on Ravelry.

  61. Bennie-Ruth says:

    I have really been waiting for this cowl! I think I will use something traditional like red & blue but then maybe Miss Babs Coffee Break & Beach glass will work. So sorry about your foot – injuries to ‘support parts’ are the pits

  62. Bennie-Ruth says:

    PS – Maybe even blues, greens & yellows – the edges are a set up for Van Gogh’s Starry night colours.

  63. yolanda v says:

    I hope your foot mends quickly..
    I would make the smaller size in fall colors…

    RAV: milai

  64. Laurie Price says:

    Hope your foot “heels” (pun intended) quickly. I would use earth tones/fall colors brown, gold, rust, and some hints of blue and green.

    Ravelry Name. HRLaurie614

  65. Annette says:

    So sorry about your foot. I hope it heals well and quickly.

    Love the new pattern!!!

  66. Annette says:

    I forgot to add my information.

    Black and White would be my choice of colors and Adufek is my RAV ID.

  67. Carolyn says:

    Heal fast!
    I this this cowl would be lovely in a multicolor/black combo, or red and grey.
    Thanks for giving away patterns 🙂
    Rav name : cmjanz

  68. Irene Honeycutt says:

    Love the cowl and sympathize about your injury. Thinking of this as a good car project t. Good work.

  69. Hope your foot heals well and quickly. We are almost a pair as I broke my big toe this week! I would do the cowl in turquoise and hot pink. Pudentaney on Ravelry. Thanks for all you do I enjoy your blog so much.

  70. Michelle says:

    Wendy – sorry you broke your foot. . .glad you have an attentive nurse like Loki! Your cowl pattern is beautiful and hard to beat your color choices. . .love the names of the colors Devilish Grin and Nostalgia also! I might try a purple and green combo myself! On Ravelry, I am michellelgibson. Thanks for your blog!

  71. Nancy Thone says:

    Nice plaid. I would use teal and coral. Ravelry name hdknitter.

  72. Niki Rogers says:

    Hope your foot heals quick and easy! Not the worst thing, right? Gives you and excuse for MORE knitting time! I would use royal blue and silver I think!

  73. Niki Rogers says:

    Woops! Forgot my ravelry name

    nikiknits on Ravelry

  74. Bridget says:

    Hope to get to stay home a few days to mend!

    My Ravelry name is Purrs918.

    I’d use a Fall Orange – darker than pumpkin, and maybe a light brown/beige.

  75. LGinCharleston says:

    Well, shades of green com to mind first, then perhaps shades of autumn.

    Great pattern Wendy! Give Loki lots of love from Wild Wonderful West Virginia!


  76. Helene Ross says:

    I love love your pinks and purples, if I couldn’t steal that idea I’d use turquoise and purple.
    Sorry about the break, I’ve worn a big boot, very heavy and I’m sure, even worse in this heat.

  77. For me pattern stimulates color creativity such as yours. My first color palette will likely be warm hues.
    After the first test… I see swatches of a neutral mix with some textures of hand spun, also the muted tones of antique rose paired with antique silver ..and together vibrant water .blues and clear greens…hopefully color mixes will “fit” the faves of the wearer.
    Thank you for designing this lovely garment!

  78. Probably cream white and rainbow … and to be fair, probably as a lap blanket and not a cowl. 🙂 It’s very pretty as a cowl, though.

  79. Margaret says:

    Hi WENDY so sorry about the break – also been there done that; may it heal quickly. I would knit the lovely cowl in a couple of contrasting colors – too early for me to think of which ones!

    A voice from your past,

    Manhattanmarg on rav

  80. Sorry to hear about your poor foot…but it does allow knitting! Love the new pattern! I can see it in a lovely purple and orange. My Raverly name is AutumnWeaves

  81. My comment did not post, so I will try again.

    I am so sorry to hear about your foot. At least it does let you knit! Love the new cowl. I can see it in a lovely purple and orange. My Raverly name is AutumnWeaves

  82. Celeste Culpepper says:

    So sorry about your foot, but a wee bit more knitting time, eh?
    A steel grey and a bright aqua/teal first one that is.
    The second one a purple and lime.
    CelesteKnits on Ravelry.
    Thanks for another wonderful give-a-way.

  83. Michelle says:

    Ouch good thing you have the best nurse around. Hope the leg feels better soon.

    I think I would knit the cowl up in cream and tan. My go to colors and they make me happy.

    I’m knitalittle on Ravelry.

    Thank you for the give a way.

  84. Hi Wendy

    Hope your foot heals quickly!
    I would make it black and white….
    wsd12175 on Ravelry.

  85. I’m so sorry about your foot! Hope it heals quickly!

  86. Mary McM says:

    Hope you have a quick and easy healing!
    I would use red and blue as I seem to gravitate to those colors. Well, maybe. Or purple and pink. I’m Merryheart on Ravelry.

  87. Feel better soon. Its no fun being in any type of cast.
    Orange and blue is one of my favorite color combinations.
    Ismenecat on ravelry.

  88. Suzie Picciano says:

    Love me some buffalo plaid! I have a matching boot for your other foot should you need it! Healing vibes coming your way!

  89. I love a classic black and white combination! However, I have a light lavender and a very dark grey which are asking to be used for this cowl. Lynetka on Rav
    Also, I hear there is a correlation between the healing speed of a broken bone, and the frequency of tummy rubs. It looks like Loki is encouraging to heal quickly!

  90. Christine Frostenson says:

    Love the black and white combo—so classic, and would go with everything I own! Although something colorful would be nice, too. So many possibilities—hard to choose.
    Hope you’re on the mend and with a nurse like Loki you’re one lucky patient!
    Northcoastchris on Ravelry

  91. Beth in Maryland says:

    Truthfully, it will take much dithering for me to decide on colors for this adorable cowl! I just hope the decision will not necessitate another yarn purchase. 🙂 Sorry about your foot – take care.

  92. I fell in love with the fuchsia cowl the minute I saw it! I would try to make the cowl in similar colors.
    Scrapnat on Ravelry

  93. Anita J Tinlin says:

    I am so sorry about your foot. Loki is not sorry that you will be sitting down more often and for longer periods, however.
    On Ravelry I am atinlin
    I would love to win your pattern. I think the color work wouild be a challenge for me but I would give it a good try.

  94. oh my … I do hope you heal fast. rest & knit!
    I’d make the smaller one in blues/gray.
    rav: denim
    take care 🙂

  95. Bummer about the foot – hopefully that means more time for knitting?!
    The cowl pattern is beautiful. I think I’d go with my favorite combo of purple and green with maybe some gold and a neutral. Time to play with my stash!

    Ravelry username is wspearsall

  96. Kathy Dahn says:

    If you had to break it – it’s too bad it wasn’t winter (knowing how you dislike the cold) then you could curl up by the fire. Loki looks like she’s doing a fine job.
    I would make one in hot pink to match the puffy winter coat.
    Rav – kathydahn

  97. emcknits says:

    Cool pattern. I would knit it in blue and green.

    Rav- emcknits

  98. knittingdancer on Raverly says:

    black or dark gray with a bright variegated yarn
    knittingdancer on Ravelry

  99. Jennifer says:

    red and black, and a narrower scarf instead of a cowl. I’ve been planning a buffalo plaid scarf for my husband and the diagonal would look great!
    I’m jelam on Ravelry

  100. margie kovacic says:

    Red tonal and grey tonal more color and depth this way. I would make a cowl don’t know what size, Hope your foot gets better soon.