Our shop owner Kelley recently finished Ambah O'Brien's Adventurer Cowl, and during our weekly Technique Tuesday broadcasts on Facebook Live, she demonstrated a few techniques used in the project.
Kelley's Adventurer Cowl, knit in two colors of Malabrigo Dos Tierras
The Adventurer Cowl is designed to work with mini-skeins, and Ambah specifically intended it for those fun Advent kits that are available around the holidays. But Kelley wanted to knit this cowl with stash yarn, so she choose two colors of Malabrigo Dos Tierras, Teal Feather and Anniversario, for her project.
Now let's get into the techniques!
Instead of doing the garter-stitch edge called for in the pattern, Kelley decided to do an easy slip-stitch edge that makes a nice, tidy rolled edge. Here's how she did it:
The Adventurer Cowl is started with a provisional cast-on so it can be seamed together at the end. Kelley used the crochet provisional cast-on, which is my favorite, too. So easy and effective! Below, Kelley shows you how to work this technique.
The Adventurer Cowl is completed with a 3-needle bind-off, but Kelley decided to do Kitchener Stitch instead. Either is okay, but I thought I'd show you a clip of her doing both so you can decide which method you like better.
This project is really gorgeous, no matter if you choose a bunch of mini-skeins to work with, or just two colors like Kelley did.
And with so many techniques to practice, it's a great pattern for stretching your skills. Ambah wrote the Adventurer Cowl for advanced beginners and beyond, and if you're a beginning chart reader, the pattern includes both written and charted instructions for the lace.
Don't forget to join us every Tuesday at 9:30 Pacific on our Facebook page for Technique Tuesday! You can see from the clips above how much valuable information Kelley shares.
A new baby is something to be celebrated, and this coming May, shop owner Kelley is going to welcome her second granddaughter. So exciting! I don't know about you, but I still have some of my own baby clothes saved carefully in my hope chest. These include a receiving blanket and a couple of handmade dresses; they're such wonderful keepsakes.
Kelley designed a future keepsake for her new grand baby, Claire—a hat fittingly named Clair's Baby Hat. It's knit with our new luxury yarn, Bravo, a 100-percent baby alpaca yarn, so it'll be warm, cozy, and beautiful. We are so proud of this luscious yarn!
I just finished repairing a baby blanket that had a hole in it. The owner was anxious to get it back, so it was a rush job. Oh, and the owner of the blanket is 14 years old! Isn't that great? It shows how important these blankies can be for children of all ages.
Shop owners Kelley and Jim are expecting their second grandchild, and Kelley has baby blankets on her mind. I thought I'd share a few options for those of you who need a shower gift or are expecting a baby of your own.
If you've ever struggled with the decrease section when knitting a hat on 16-inch circular needles, you need to learn the Magic Loop method of knitting. Similarly, if you hate how sweater sleeves twist up while knitting in the round, you need to learn the magic loop technique.
This technique works on just about any size project, so you can use it exclusively for smaller projects in the round, such as hats, sleeves, mittens, cowls, socks, and so on.