Comfort Cowl Test Knit

Yes, spring is beginning to rear it’s lovely head here on the east coast, but I’m knitting up a fine collection for fall/winter 2012. Blame it on some great test knits too tempting to resist!


Pattern: Comfort Cowl
YarnCascade 220 Heathers, Aspen (2 skeins)
 US 8 / 5 mm

Meet Comfort Cowl, the newly released pattern from Madeleine, aka Yarn Madness on Ravelry. Here in Canada, you can’t have too many warm and cozy accessories for your neck.


This is essentially an infinity scarf and I love how it wraps around you twice to give you that much needed cozy warm feeling. It’s definitely named well!


I’ve worn it a few times already and I can attest to it’s comfort!  Would make a great gift for someone next Christmas. 🙂

Terra Neckwarmer

Yet another test knit, this time a neck warmer design by Maja Jokanovic.


Pattern: Terra Neck-Warmer
YarnCascade 220 Heathers, River Rock
 US 7 / 4.5 mm


It was fast and fun, and came together fabulously with some very cheap yet gorgeous buttons.  Positioning and sewing buttons is not one of my favourite tasks in the world, but with a garter stitch button band, it was easy.  Just count 6 ridges between rows and you’re in the right spot.


Maja was great to work with!  I’m very new at testing patterns for knitwear designers, and she made it an easy and pleasant experience.


Shroom Slouchy

I knit this hat back in October and only just got around to photographing it (tisk tisk!).


Pattern: Shroom Slouchy
Yarn: Cascade 220 *held double
Needles: US 13 / 9.0 mm


I reduced the ribbing section by 1″, and did only 4 repeats of the puff rib pattern.

A very quick knit with some fun stitchwork!

My New “Favourite Cardigan”

Although this design is called “Favourite Cardigan”, and it’s not technically my fav, I’m quite pleased with how this little number turned out.

I adore top down raglan sleeve knits!

I didn’t end up with the intended 3/4 length sleeves, even though I followed the pattern. I had a brain freeze and forgot to even check and see if I liked the length before I did the ribbing and bind off. Even so, I wasn’t displeased enough to change that!

I found some very cheap but very appropriate buttons at the local fabric store, and reinforced the buttonhole band with ribbon.

Pattern: Favourite Cardigan, out of “Custom Knits” by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, colour #2429
Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm
Modifications: Made it full length as opposed to being cropped
Were I to make it again: The design is supposed to end up off the shoulders, but in no way does this happen if the pattern is followed as written. Next time I would cast on more stitches and start the body sooner.