Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Stagger Cowl and Morgantown Hat

Finally, a moment of free time to share a couple of new designs: Stagger Cowl and Morgantown Hat. They're among the 33 patterns for scarves, shawls, hats, mitts, socks, and more in Knitscene Accessories 2013, available now in stores and online.

The Morgantown Hat is a three-color beanie that I named after the Joni Mitchell song "Morning Morgantown" (it's on her 1970 LP Ladies of the Canyon). It features a garter stitch brim, a slip-stitch chain motif, and a playful I-cord loop.

© Knitscene/Harper Point

 © Knitscene/Harper Point

The Morgantown Hat is worked in Cascade 220 fingering weight on a circular needle and dpns. The pattern provides instructions for two sizes.

© Knitscene/Harper Point

I love the big-sky landscape in the entire "Highway 14: Knits for the Open Road" story, and all the styling and props. (And I especially covet the cream-colored convertible, a 1964 Triumph TR4.)

My Stagger Cowl is part of the "Weird and Wonderful" section of the issue. With its concrete and brick backdrops and bold colors and patterns, this story has a decidedly urban feel.

 © Knitscene/Harper Point

 © Knitscene/Harper Point

Stagger Cowl features 2x2 ribbing and staggered cables that criss-cross purl bands of texture. It's worked in the round, so there's no seaming or grafting at the end. The yarn is a luscious merino/silk single ply, Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in the Citric colorway.

The Stagger Cowl can be worn as a single long loop, as in the Knitscene photos, or doubled around the neck. Though the wrong side is different from the right side, it's just as attractive.

As the weather warms up, it may be a little too warm for wearing wool accessories, but not for knitting them. Many of the patterns in this issue make great summer travel and vacation knitting. As an added bonus, there are lots of tutorials—on knitweaving, Latvian braids, working a crochet edging, and more—to expand your knitting repertoire.

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

Theses are great designs and the Knitscene styling is awesome. Good job!