Monday, November 16, 2009

Pattern Release: Buttermilk Sky

Introducing Buttermilk Sky, a textured cowl knit in the round. It features a slipped-stitch pattern reminiscent of a buttermilk sky—a sky covered by a blanket of puffy altocumulous clouds. Buttermilk Sky is available as a PDF on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

Small Buttermilk Sky_2

Large Buttermilk Sky_5

The pattern includes instructions for two sizes: a small, close-fitting version knit in DK weight yarn, and a large version knit in worsted weight yarn.

Small Buttermilk Sky_3

Small Buttermilk Sky_1

The small size (above) was made with 1 skein of Blue Sky Alpaca Silk [50 percent alpaca/50 percent silk; 146 yd/133 m per 50g skein]; color: Ice, and a US4 16-inch circular needle. Finished measurements for the small size are 6 inches/15 cm height and 18 inches/46 cm circumference.

Large Buttermilk Sky_1

Large Buttermilk Sky_4

The large size (above) was knit with 2 skeins of Valley Yarns Hadley [50 percent wool/50 percent silk; 109 yd/99 m per 50g skein]; color: Charcoal, and a US6 16-inch circular. It can be worn in a variety of ways: loosely draped, folded over like a turtleneck, or fastened with a shawl pin. Finished measurements for the large size are 9 inches/22 cm height and 24 inches/61 cm circumference.

You can also make a medium size by knitting the small (DK) version with worsted weight yarn. The cowls knit up quickly thanks to the many slipped stitches (which also add extra warmth). Quick pattern + small yardage requirements = ideal last-minute holiday gifts!

I've been carrying my camera everywhere the past few weeks, hoping to get some pictures of buttermilk skies. I'm no cloud expert, but I think these qualify. In any case, they're the kind of sky I had in mind:

Maybe a Buttermilk Sky

Maybe a Buttermilk Sky_4

After Googling the term buttermilk sky to learn more about it, I discovered an old Hoagy Carmichael song called Buttermilk Sky. I've really grown to love it. Here's a link if you want to take a listen (the images are stills, not video).

Thanks to everyone who commented last week for a chance to win a copy of the pattern and a skein of Blue Sky Alpaca Silk. The winner was pdxknitterati/MicheleLB. Congrats, Michele!

Last but not least, thanks to Jenny for testing and editing the pattern and to Betsey for modeling and photography assistance. I get by with a little help from my knit sibs!


Cindy G said...

Nice! I love the possibilities of slip stitch patterning, and think it is way underused. Really like what you've done with it here.

KPiep said...

Congrats on the release of your new pattern! It's beautiful!

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

I'm so excited to be your winner! And your pattern is beautiful.

Valentinegirl said...

These are beautiful! I love to knit and wear cowls. I hope to be putting this one on my needles soon!

Karin said...

I have to have that pattern. It's very beautiful, I love the name for it, and I love that it comes written for two weights. Thanks Bonnie!!

Betsey said...

Beautiful pattern and the song is wonderful. Looking forward to knitting it.

Anonymous said...

This is lovely! Thank you, I love cowls and can't get enough beautiful patterns.

Merrill Mason said...

Where can I purchase the lovely wooden shawl pin you're wearing with the Buttermilk Sky cowl?

Bonnie said...

The curved wooden shawl pin came from an Etsy shop, South4th,