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Autumn means leave will be falling, there will be apples to pick and pumpkins to carve, all too soon there'll be a turkey to roast. It's time to start knitting because sooner than anyone wants it to, ...
Autumn means leave will be falling, there will be apples to pick and pumpkins to carve, all too soon there'll be a turkey to roast. It's time to start knitting because sooner than anyone wants it to, winter will follow. We know only too well that winter brings cold winds, sometimes slush and ice. Are you ready? You know you'll need some cowls, mitts and shawls for yourself and your family.
How about a double layered, double warm hat to snuggle your ears when the snow flies? Or a fashion forward welted hat, perhaps one with waves or multiple colors? A deep cowl that doubles as a hood would be lovely too. And who does not want an attractive and lovely warm shawl? Don't be caught out in the cold, snow, and gales with out some lovely snuggly warm woolies?
You will need to get ready for gifting too, the kids stockings need filling. Hats and texting (finger free) mitts are always welcome. Get your needles clicking, it's time to get to work. Here are a few simple and lovely warm patterns for your viewing;
A warm deep cowl / hood with a free bonus pattern for mitts - http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/soft-and-snugly-knitted-cowlhood--bonus/57551
An interesting sidewards knit hat that brings to mind some of ZZ Top's hats-
Easy a color work, a shrug, cowl, hood and shawl all in one! This is sure to be your grab and go piece for spring and fall and to sit with a good book in the winter.- http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/faux-fair-isle-scarf-stole-hood-wrap/57556
For those looking for extra warmth in a hat, this flat knit is a double layered hat for double the warmth! -
there are others too - http://www.craftsy.com/user/8767188/pattern-store?_ct=fqjjuhd-ijehu&_ctp=57551,8767188 .
My knitting history;
Many, many years ago, I was taught to knit by my dear Irish grandmother. She was poorly educated, not well off and did not have a lot of riches to share. Instead my dear gran, with a third grade education from the old country and a heavy brogue on her tongue, shared her love and her knowledge of knitting. She was such a sweet, dear heart. Then came the Girl Scouts, my troop leaders pushed me to knit more seriously but still, it was just flat, garter stitch work and purling. I have been knitting off and on since those early days but was never really satisfied with my product.
Fast forward to a few years ago when I discovered **Knitting Haven,** a lovely little corner of the internet where I was encouraged to further flourish my needles. I asked questions, got answers and found some lovely yarny friends. Now I design in yarn and write a few simple knitting patterns.
There are some great ladies on Knitting Haven's webpage. :-D Thanks a big bunch Holly. No really, thank you. And thanks to all those involved in answering my many questions and solving my problems, you all rock.
My books (my fiction ramblings) are on Amazon through this link; http://www.amazon.com/Ann-C.-Cooney/e/B0052T7QG0/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
My patterns are all right here.
I try to keep the my pattern prices as low as is realistic because, as a knitter, I know I would much rather spend my precious funds on lots of lovely, delicious yarns. Those patterns that took me great mental gymnastics and much time ripping out, rethinking and redoing, will cost a bit more but for the most part, I think you find my patterns very fairly priced.
Feel free to contact me through Craftsy, or on my author, designers page on Facebook to learn what's new , I love hearing from my fellow knitters. I will try to resolve any confusion I may cause with typos or temporary lapses of sanity during my writing out of patterns. Feel free to contact me on Facebook with any issues; https://www.facebook.com/NancyOBrienACC.
Keep knitting, knit happy!
This piece is designed to be rolled down or worn up as a hood. With a two inch turn down it rolls to drape around the neck or with a four inch turn down it comes up to keep the ears warm it is delightfully warm. It can also be worn fully unrolled to drape loosely over the head as a hood. Folding a small cuff in the edge of the hood, next to the face, will give you a bit more structure and body when it is worn as a hood. Below the cowl is the drawstring and the stitch changes for a more stable, less 'drapey' fabric, towards the shoulder.
The draw string is three strands of crocheted chain, braided but it could also be achieved easily with "I-cord;
http://www.purlbee.com/i-cord-tutorial/ (cut and paste this link)
or a simple multiple strand braid.
There is a bonus pattern for finger free mitts. the mitts are two simple pieces done on smaller ,needles to produce a tighter fabric this gives them more shape as more durability is needed in mitts than in a cowl. The part that covers the fingers can unfolded back out of the way to allow for better dexterity or unfolded to allow more warmth to the fingers. The mitts can be worn alone, or over gloves or mittens in the deep winter for more warmth.
Enjoy, both the process and the product.
6 stitches per inch in stockinette for the cowl.
700 yards of Fingering weight