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Happy Cowl and Cap


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  • Seamless
  • Stranded
  • Textured
  • Worked In The Round

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Pattern Details

You get two designs for the price of one! The Happy Couple Cowl uses a traditional Norwegian color-work chart of a boy and girl playing in a winter wonderland. Here you’ll find reindeer, trees and lots of snowflakes floating round the yoke of the loose-high neck cowl. A coordinating slouchy cap with the reindeer and snowflakes, culminating in a large snowflake on the top, sets off this winter accessory set quite nicely. Knit in 100% alpaca (sample shown used Cloudborn Fibers Alpaca Worsted in Night Heather (220 yds) and Grey Heather 330 yds) this set is soft and cozy warm and such fun to knit! Directions are written and charted. NOTE: these designs are knit in the round using circs. US#6 is used for the ribbed brim of the cap, switch to US#9 on slouchy part to the top. You’ll need dpns (or very short circs) to finish off the top. The cowl uses only US#9 circs throughout.

Recommended with this pattern

  • Approx 220 - 550 yards (201 - 503 m) worsted weight alpaca (Sample used 2 skein MC, 3 skein CC)
  • US 6 - 4.0 mm US 9 - 5.5 mm - circs and US9 dpn
  • stitch markers

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By Hand, With Heart
By Hand, With Heart
Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy yarns back then. Knitting and designing were my constant activities throughout undergrad, grad school and family life until, in 1997, I finally went professional and established By Hand, With Heart ... traditional hand-knit designs with a modern twist. I now create designs for various knitwear outlets (including published designs in Knitters, INKnitters, Cast On), custom knit original designs, and self-publish my own patterns . I maintain a website ( where I discuss my work, my finds (reviewing books and supplies) and suggestions for teaching everyone this age-old art. I particularly love teaching all aspects of knitting ... from beginner to expert, from learning to read charts to designing your own. On most Saturdays, you can find me working at my LYS, Dog House Yarns in Culpeper. I am the exclusive designer for the cashmere-farm, Spring Gate Farm, located in Barboursville, VA. I earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) in 1988 and a BA in Print Journalism from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington) in 1983. I continue with my knitting education by attending seminars, voraciously reading all knitting books, magazines, and websites, and constantly honing my practical knitting skills. I was an active member of the Association of Knitwear Designers (which shut down, unfortunately). I am married, have 5 children (10 to 23 yrs) and keep busy homeschooling, working on the computer, writing articles, and knitting, knitting, knitting in rural Virginia. In 2008, a book I wrote was published "Great Yarns for the Close-Knit Family: over two dozen hand-knit designs inspired by a dozen fantastic family read-alouds"; a year later, another book I wrote hit the bookstores, "In His Image: Nurturing Creativity in the Heart of Your Home" (both are available on Amazon and other book outlets)..