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I've Got to Knit Something Fast Cowl


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It's sparkly. It's soft. It's reversible in two brilliant color ways. I HAD to do it! After many crochet projects, I just HAD to knit something fast! I love crocheting and knitting - they each have their own wonderful characteristics and when I do one for too long, I need to switch gears and do the other. I need to. That feeling hit me the other day when my eyes caught a glimpse of very colorful yarn that was a little sparkly, blinking at me from the yarn shop shelf. It's Araucania Yarns, Andalien. It's a mostly wool with a hint of metallic and poly blend, braided together and super saturated with deep, rich color. I think it was the combination of color and sparkle that made it jump off the shelf and into my hands, demanding to be instantly knit. So, pushing all other projects aside, I cast on as soon as I returned home and was finished with the cowl that evening. Wow, did I have to knit! It just flew through my fingers! Materials: Two hanks of Araucania, Andalien (89 yards each) and size 11 needle circular needles in a 32" length. One ring stitch marker. I used one skein of color #1 and one skein of color #6. It is optional to knit the entire cowl with two hanks of one color yarn, as well. The cowl measures 6 1/2" x 48" in circumference. Gauge is 3 stitches per inch in a 2 x 2 rib stitch pattern. Other color combinations that would be fun with this pattern: #4 & #5; #2 & #8; and #3 & #7 Also #2 & #4; #3 & #4, #7 & #4 and #8 & #4 Here is the link to the KFI website for the yarn Another cowl in an alternative yarn, Mirasol, Api, is pictured. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY comfort with knitting and purling knitting in the round GAUGE 3 sts x 1" SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 6 1/2" x 48" in circumference SUGGESTED YARN 200 yards of Chunky weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Araucania Andalien COLORWAY #1 & #6

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  • approx. 200 yards of chunky yarn - two colors
  • size 11 circular needles in a 32" length
  • Yarn needle, scissors, stitch markers

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Hi! I'm Diane L. Augustin and I am Yarn Happy - Bead Happy I teach knitting, crocheting and Tunisian crochet classes at several yarn shops and art centers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul/St. Croix Valley area. One of my passions is knitting and crocheting with beads. I also manage the daily activities and teach classes at ThunderWillow Community Arts in Hudson, WI. I have classes at Ramsay County and Hudson libraries, as well as through Hudson Community Education. I often conduct workshops and demonstrations at special events and festivals in the area. I have been teaching professionally for seven years. My background as a graphic artist in the publishing industry facilitates my ability to design, write, produce and publish my patterns. I am also the photographer. I continuously develop new designs, offering them as classes, with a focus on teaching techniques. I learned to knit continental or combination style at seven years old from my grandmother, who had to teach me in order to get her own knitting back from me! I live in western WI, just outside of Hudson, with my husband, Lance and the boss of the household, Thomas Edison, our stray kitty who came to stay. I am Yarn Happy Bead Happy! I hope my designs will become your favorites. I am Yarn Happy Bead Happy! My pattern was published in the newly released book, [North Shore Knits][2], produced by [Three Irish Girls][3]. The book is composed of patterns by local designers, inspired by the fantastic new color ways created by Three Irish Girls. My designs are also published in the [Knitting: 100+ Patterns Throughout the Year: 2013-2017 Day-to-Day Calendars][4] as well as [Crochet: 100+ Patterns Throughout the Year: 2013-2017 Day-to-Day Calendars][5]. Berroco Yarns has posted a very nice write-up to their blog, Designer Spotlight: Get-up-and-go Cowl by Diane Augustin. The pattern is a free download. Thanks for your interest! Please Enjoy! Diane My classes are available at: DarnKnit Anyway in Stillwater, MN All About Yarn in Coon Rapids, MN Knitting from the Heart in Woodbury, MN White Bear Center for the Arts in White Bear Lake, MN Textile Center in Minneapolis, MN ThunderWillow Community Arts in Hudson, WI Twisted Loop Yarn Shop in Prior Lake, MN Double Ewe Yarn Shop in Circle Pines, MN Linden Yarn and Textiles in St. Louis Park, MN Thank you for all of the class and pattern support!