I’m delighted to release Cadeau today! The knotted cables of this cowl resembled little bows, or flowers to me, just like a nicely wrapped gift, and so I named it ‘gift’ in French.
This is the long version:
This is the short version:
Using two balls of Zealana Tui (you’ll have half a ball left over in the short version), this pattern is knitted in the round on 7mm needles. Tension is 14 sts x 22 rows over the 4 x 6 rib pattern (blocked) using 7mm needles.
It’s a very basic pattern but with a few small twists – one at cast-on, two cable needles for the knotted cable (there are only five cables in total – it’s not intense), and the suggested bind-off by me that I introduced to you yesterday. The pattern includes a tutorial for this.
The cast-on and cast-off are merely suggestions, but it makes it interesting if you haven’t tried these methods before.
I thought that these little details might provide enough interest for a quick KAL. If I get enough response, I’ll start a KAL group on Ravelry, so that all who would like to participate can use it as a place to meet up and chat - send me a PM over on Ravelry where I’m KiwiPurler, so I can ascertain demand, and I’ll update you.
My current idea is to have a 6 Feb cast-on date, with the aim that it’s finished by Valentine’s Day. I knitted each of these cowls in a day, so it is a very quick knit. Do join!!
At this point, I’d like to encourage you to try Tui, a truly beautiful yarn of two lofty singles plied together in a thick/thin spin. It is chunky weight (12 ply) 70% NZ merino, 15% cashmere and 15% possum. Each 100g ball has approx 111m (121yd). Soft and cuddly, it has just the right amount of cushiony drape and lightness that is perfect for this cowl design. There is a nice range of 12 colours to choose from.
So where to get Zealana in your country?
The United States – The Yarnsisters (this will direct the order to the nearest outlet to you that stocks this yarn). Due to the appreciation of the New Zealand dollar, I’m told that the price for this is going to increase. However, the Yarnsisters are kindly holding the price at US$20.40 for 30 days for your benefit.
Europe and the UK (I’m told that the following shops stock Tui and will send via mail order):
London – Fringe, Studio 108, Alexandra Park Road, N10 2AE London. +44 208 883 9478
Austria - Zum Schwarzen Schaf (Austria) Zum Schwarzen Schaf, Roseggerstraße 13, 6890 Lustenau, +43 5577 62967 www.stricken-macht-gluecklich.at
Wollart und mehr…, Eyendorfer Str. 3, 21376 Salzhausen, +49 4172 969123, www.wollart.de
Murmelana, Edelgarn, Bornweg 21, 21521 Dassendorf, +49 4104 5581
Handarbeiten Müller, Handarbeiten Müller, Krumme Straße 19, 32756 Detmold, +49 5231 28216, www.handarbeitenmueller.de
Fil Garn Wolle, Friedrich-Ebert-Str.147, 34119 Kassel, +49 561 710029, www.fil-garn-wolle.de
FrohSinn Atelier für schöne Dinge, Oberkasseler Straße 81, 40549 Düsseldorf, +49 211 5502294
Strickeria Wolle und Mode, Nordendstraße 17, 80799 München, +49 89 88904532, www.strickeria-muenchen.net
Kemptner Wollparadies, Promenadestr. 1, 87435 Kempten, +49 831 5239377, www.kemptner-wollparadies.de
Sweden - Karma Garn HB, Gösta Andreesgata, 42336 Torslanda, http://www.karmagarn.se
Other European stockists of Zealana (but may not necessarily have Tui in stock can be found here).
I’m looking forward to knitting this with you! And of course, you do not have to use Tui to join in the KAL… I just thought I’d give you a bit of encouragement to do so. ;-)