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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. Mickey V says:

    Your bright colored plaid cowl is my favorite, I would do mine in similar colors to brighten the colder darker months of the year! Forced knitting time is great but not this way. ); get better soon!

  2. Peggy Martin says:

    Your nurse is adorable!
    I would knit mine in teal and gray and purple and gray.
    Hope you heal soon!

    plmknitty aka Peggy

  3. Trish D says:

    Congrats on your new FABULOUS pattern. So sorry about your bum foot, though. Thank goodness you have that trained professional nurse to take care of you! My kitties are quite good at healing whatever ails me too! When I knit that gorgeous cowl, it will be a combo of purple and green (my two favorite colors). My ravelry name is durhampa. Feel better soon!

  4. Sorry about your foot! I’ve been there.

    I have a gradient set from rose to purple to blue to navy that I’d like to use if I can pair up the colors to get the right contrast so the pattern still shows.

  5. Debbie M says:

    Black and white or orange and white. I think pretty much anything and white would look good!

  6. Love the pattern. I would probably use burgundy and ecru. Revelry name: nittpikker

  7. LaVelle Nott says:

    I would love to see how that plaid is done. I would do it in pink and purple. I am LaVelle on Ravelry.

  8. I love this cowl, but I’m not sure what colors I would use. I tend to lean towards shades of blue so maybe something different. Maybe black and gray? Hope the foot heals soon – lots of knitting with no excuses needed for not getting up.

    24JMM Ravelry

  9. Sophy0075 says:

    The cowl – beautiful and amazing!

    Your foot – Ow! How ever did this happen?!? Rest!!!!

  10. I’m sorry but I don’t have a ravelry name… just my user name and password! Pretty old school except for loving these knitting blogs and that website! I adore your raspberry cowl and would probably do a raspberry & gray version or… raspberry and your orange…. Lovely!

  11. The red one is beautifully subtle, but I would choose blue and bluer, as that is the color I wear most.

  12. PamfromNOLA (on Ravelry) says:

    Love this cowl! I think it would be fun in Mardi Gras colors: purple, green and gold!

  13. Kelly N says:

    Wishing you a s Norman peedy recovery! And LOVE the new pattern. Your bright colors are exceptional & I love the variations, I would have to make a couple for gifts, so I could play with a few combos: true lumberjack reed & black, lilac & grey, and then some kind of fun, bright variation yarns like yours, color to be chosen spontaneously at my LYS.
    Kellynella on Ravelry

  14. Genie Cormode says:

    I would use a varigated yarn with black for the cowl. I love the plaid.

    I’m gcormode on Ravelry.

  15. I think charcoal and red would be quite striking. and here’s to a quick and clean healification, Wendy – love to Loki!
    Teri P / KnittingCounts on rav

  16. I live this pattern Wendy! For me its Indigo blue & white. And for my crazy fun with bright colors, chartreuse & eggplant purple!
    My Ravelry is WOOLIECHIN. The “real” world calls me Connie or Constance

  17. Cats are the best nurses.
    I like the smaller size, and the black and white photo really caught my attention as it reminds me of Sanquhar knitting. I’d definitely make the small size and maybe black and white!
    Caroline´s last blog post ..Random rant about knitting patterns

  18. Pretty! Too bad about your foot. I would use real and a brighter green. Tab I’D margvv.

  19. I have some natural handspun in shades of brown that would look really nice.

    Hope you heal quickly-broken bones are no fun.

  20. At least you have Loki keeping you company!
    I would pick whatever looks good from my stash. I am thinking something in the color way above, magenta, or purple because that is what is in my stash!


  21. Hope you get lots of knitting time as your helper nurses you back to health! Tough question in terms of color choices. Black and white or gray and white are classic and go with almost everything but my wild side thinks maybe yellow and black or sunset colors, oh so many choices.

    Katbrown on Ravelry.

  22. Gray and white of course! And Oh that cat!!

  23. Love the cowl which I would make in browns and white or shades of blue. What is the lovely bit of knitting in your lap? Looks interesting.
    Hope your foot heals quickly.
    On Ravelry: mcr

  24. Wooliedi says:

    Sorry to see your hurt foot.
    My colors always include blue, and possibly with a pale grey to contrast.

  25. I’m debky on Rav.
    I see several different colorways for this cowl. I have 9 grandchildren that live up in the cold and wear cowls constantly. The guys prefer to be manly. T likes greens and browns (think camo). R has beautiful blue eyes that pop with the right color. L is very girly. I’m thinking pink, orange and lime. I see O in bright red and tan. A is closing in on 16, so I never know which direction to go and hers has to be the last minute, rush to finish softy I complete.

  26. Barbara Graham says:

    Oh ho! Free things are wonderful! As is this cowl, which would look lovely in dark green/blue tones (think Black Watch).

    tarotemp on Ravelry.

  27. Lynne S. says:

    So sorry about your foot! Hope it heals fast and doesn’t cause you too much disruption (or pain).

  28. Theresa says:

    I’m so sorry a about your broken foot! I’ve broke mime, and the first few days can be a nightmare of pain and and the learning curve of mobility with broken body parts.
    Love your new pattern, I think it would be really cute in a pink and red plaid.I love the look of red and pink together.
    Hope you heal well and quickly, and thanks for making us a new pattern!

  29. What colors would I use? Probably a medium to dark gray and maybe acid green or bright blue. Hope your foot is better soon. Thankful you don’t have to have surgery. I’m GeorgiaKnitter on Ravelry.

  30. so sorry about the foot. heart the cat

  31. Ellen Z says:

    I think I would make it in colors close to each other, like pale gray and cream, pale yellow and cream, a pale blue and a slightly darker blue. I think it would look pretty in muted colors, although I like your colors too!

  32. I’m sorry you broke your foot. I like navy and pink

  33. Ellen Z says:

    It appears that my comment didn’t post, plus I forgot to add my ravelry name……so here goes again.
    I would make this is pale colors, like pale gray and cream, pale yellow and cream, light blue and a shade darker blue. It is very pretty.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Rav id: SparklinR

  34. I love this! I tried doing a scarf in plaid using the tartan of my husband’s family, but the only way I could do it was to weave the plaid in after the knitting was done. I can’t wait to try this in red, blue and a little light blue. My ravelry name is revnan.

  35. Heal quickly! I may do navy and teal or red and beige. Need to check you stash when I get home. Feel better.
    Adrian aka cre8ov on ravelry and elsewhere