Today Knitcircus released its gorgeous fall issue. I'm fortunate to have my Mica Cowl pattern in there among the beautiful shawls, hats, socks and fingerless mitts.
The cowl is worked flat using varying numbers of assymetrical feather and fan repeats in the body. Stitches are then picked up along the side, and another set of feather and fan repeats are worked perpendicularly. This makes the fabric scrunch up in interesting ways. It's really more of a sculpture, but it's still very much wearable--soft, warm, flattering because it does not slump around the neck (my pet peeve regarding cowls).
The yarn is super soft and yet stands up to hold the shape. This cowl is so light and airy. The Imperial Stock Ranch Tracie is lovely, especially in this color, Desert Landscape. It's oatmeal, silver, plums and peaches and sand all in one. Other yarns that would work include any basic wool like Jamieson's, Bartlett and the like.
To celebrate the new Knitcircus issue and my small part in it, I'm giving away some great prizes! (When I was a kid I loved Price is Right so much. I was just thinking about it at the grocery store yesterday.)
The way Knitcircus works: you can go to their site and see the whole issue, including all the written content like book reviews and articles. Then if you want the patterns, you buy the pattern collection. Today, thanks to Jaala the Knitcircus editor, I can give away three Fall Pattern Collections and one one-year subscription (five issues).
To enter, write me a comment about something you love that you made with a traditional stitch pattern. Let me know why you love it, whether you used the pattern in a new way, anything. I'll draw winners Friday morning, the 26th, at 10 am Pacific Time.
In the meantime, you can fave or queue the pattern here: Mica Cowl on Ravelry.