Knitscene Accessories 2014: Pellissier Cowl

Posted on | June 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

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While I hope you’ve found all of my sewing projects interesting these last few months, I finally have some knitting to share! I’d like to introduce the Pellissier Cowl, which is a double-knit cowl inspired by the Art Deco building where I work.

The first time I stepped into my building a little over two years ago, I fell in love with the Art Deco details in the lobby. The radiator covers especially caught my eye.

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Aren’t they beautiful? I wish we still cared this much about good design everywhere just for the sake of it. Every morning I would stare at them knowing that one day they would become a knitting pattern of some sort. When I saw the mood boards for this issue of Knitscene Accessories, I knew it was finally time to dream up something interesting.

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I chose a cowl for two reasons. It offered just enough space to showcase the pattern and it was a small enough project to learn a new technique – double knitting. Since the pattern has a few stripe sections, a regular stranded knitting technique would not work in this situation.

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As with learning any new technique, I was a bit frustrated at first. As I got the hang of double-knitting, which didn’t take too long, the cowl became a lot more enjoyable to knit. If you have never tried double-knitting for yourself, Amy Palmer wrote up a fantastic companion article to show you the ropes.

The cowl is knit up in Lorna’s Laces Honor, an alpaca/silk blend. It was a pleasure to work with and most importantly has a nice drapey hand. Because of the double-knitting, you are essentially knitting two layers at once. In wool or cotton, your cowl will run the risk of being as straight as a board! The colors dye up nice and rich in this yarn base and the two chosen really show off the design well. It’s also nice that since you are working in double knit, the cowl is reversible and you can show off whichever side you’d like. Silvery and light or dark and mysterious. If substituting colors, I would just suggest going with another solid or semi-solid. A variegated yarn might get a little busy in this instance.

Knitscene Accessories 2014 should be hitting your LYS now, or is available as a hardcopy or digital download from Knitting Daily.

 

 

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Comments

  • http://www.knitdarling.com Alexis Winslow

    I love your new design! I’ve been interested to try double knitting myself.

  • http://www.secondstoryloft.com Monique

    The model and the cowl are both beautiful! Great work!