Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pattern Release: Birchleaf

Birchleaf, a texture-and-lace infinity cowl, is now available in my Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy
pattern shops.

Birchleaf Cowl_Full_2
Pattern: Birchleaf, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Bare Naked Wools Breakfast Blend Fingering Weight, 50/40/10 merino/alpaca/nylon, in the Oatmeal colorway
Needles: US 5/3.75mm and US4/3.50mm

This light, lacy cowl can be worn either as a single long loop or doubled around the neck for extra warmth. Whatever the weather, Birchleaf will make a striking addition to your spring wardrobe.

Birchleaf Cowl Doubled_2

Birchleaf Cowl_Full_1
Birchleaf requires approximately 410 yards of fingering or light fingering weight yarn. I knit the sample with a new yarn called Breakfast Blend from Knitspot/Bare Naked Wools. This lovely, luscious yarn is soft to the touch and extremely pleasant to work. And knit up into lace, it has a beautiful drape.

Birchleaf Cowl_Looped

After blocking, the cowl measures approximately 10 inches/25.5 cm wide by 50 inches/127 cm in circumference. My sample and swatch used up nearly all of the 425-yard skein; if you use a different yarn that comes in a smaller put-up, you might want to consider purchasing a second skein.

Birchleaf Cowl_Doubled_1

Birchleaf is knit flat, from a provisional cast-on. After blocking, the cowl's ends are joined with a three-needle bind-off. The pattern provides links to helpful tutorials for these techniques, and stitch patterns are provided in both charts and written form.

Birchleaf Cowl_Full_3

Special thanks to Katherine for technical editing. And, as always, thanks to Snickers for giving this and all Blue Peninsula designs a thorough inspection. It's been a long while since Snickers made a blog appearance—it's time to rectify that!

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Evelyn said...

What an absolutely gorgeous design, perfect for spring! I've been looking for some warm weather inspiring designs and yours is making me excited.

Kristen said...

So delicate and gorgeous!

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

That is so elegant and lovely! Congratulations on a beautiful design.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful contrast of textures – it's sure to keep the knitting interesting. Very lovely!

Shelda said...

That's so beautiful! And you're designing way faster than I can knit.

Nice to hear a report about the knitspot yarn.

scamp (aka Shirley) said...

That is a beautiful piece of knitting!

Jane said...

Beautiful. I've been waiting for this design ever since you posted the idea on an early sleepless morning.

little olive said...

I love this pattern very pretty. Is it possible to knit a skinnier version of it with less repeats?

Bonnie said...

You could cast on fewer sts, one repeat less. Try it in a swatch and see if you like it!