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Comfort Food


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" When my great-aunt Mimi, who was like a grandmother to me, passed away, I just couldn't bring myself to knit. I didn't have the energy to pick up my needles, yet I so wanted to knit. I knew I needed to knit something comforting. Then I remembered the four gorgeous skeins of cashmere that were in my stash, in a color she loved on me. The design came immediately to me. A big, warm, cozy cowl to embrace me all winter long, in luxurious cashmere that I know Mimi would have loved. I knit and knit and knit, through tears sometimes, but just a week later this cowl and fingerless gloves set was done. They were my comfort food. " BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit in the round cables reading a chart is helpful, but written directions are also provided GAUGE 16 sts and 24 rows = 4" over st SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS adult women's medium (large) for fingerless gloves Finished measurements: 3 1/2" (4") wide, unstretched and 10 1/2" (10 3/4") long for fingerless gloves one size fits all for cowl Finished measurements: 12 1/2" wide at bottom of cowl and 9 1/2" wide at top of cowl and 11" long for cowl

Recommended with this pattern

  • ~ 355-375 yards of aran weight or heavy worsted yarn for both the cowl (220 yards) and fingerless gloves (135-155 yards) such as The Plucky Knitter Aran Cashmere or MCN Aran, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Gaea, Kollge Yarns Fantastic, Miss Babs Northumbria Aran BFL, Knitted Wit Bulkan, A Verb for Keeping Warm Toasted
  • Size US 8 (5.0 mm) or size to obtain gauge either DPNs or circular needles
  • Instructions are written for a cowl and fingerless gloves that are worked in the round. The cowl is shaped slightly at the top. Charts are provided on the last page. Aran weight or heavy worsted yarn is knit at a tight gauge to make this a very cozy cowl. For a cowl with more drape, it is recommended to go up a needle size. Additional yardage may be required.

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Irish Girlie Knits Designs
Irish Girlie Knits Designs
Carrie Sullivan, aka Irish Girlie Knits, is a blogger, sock-obsessed knitter, and designer known for her deceptively simple, perfectly gorgeous designs such as Cotty and Summer Wind. In addition to her self-published pattern line, Carrie has designed for sock clubs and yarn companies such as Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club, the Woolgirl Sock Club, The Plucky Knitter Classics, and Kollage Yarns. Carrie also made her teaching debut at Sock Summit 2011. Her knitting adventures, as well as her two cute doggies and ever-growing sock yarn stash are blogged about at We Do Not Have A Knitting Problem. By day, Carrie runs a clinic for children with autism in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her Masters in Special Education from San Francisco State University and her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Go Irish!