ZigZag Cowl Test Knit

This is a test knit I very recently completed for the lovely Faye, a very talented British knitter, designer and blogger.  The pattern will be available through Erika Knight at some point in the future.  There will be a link on Faye’s blog, Buttons and Beeswax, and on Ravelry when it is finally released.

It was a fun and easy project, but the result is a luxurious and warm cowl!

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Pattern: ZigZag Cowl*
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, Straw-Gold
Needles:
 US 7 / 4.5 mm

*I’ll update the link to the actual pattern page on Ravelry once it’s available.

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It’s a very versatile design and can be used as a hood, which is particularly useful for those of us who live in places where winter likes to make a very definite appearance!

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Faye has previously designed a matching hat which is already available for purchase.  You can see some great photos of it on her blog here: ZigZag Hat.

Thank you Faye for another great design, and for letting me test it out for you!

Cabled Shoulder Shrug

Pattern: Shoulder Shrug
Yarn: Briggs & Little Heritage, Grey
Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm

Although this project quickly ushered me into a major case of redundancy, I’m really happy with how it turned out.  Where it’s 100% wool, it’s very helpful in dealing with our cold Canadian winter days.

I had knit it to the specified length, but then had to rip back quite a few inches once I realized it would wrap around me and then some.  I recommend knitting until it reaches around you comfortably – not too tight, not too loose.

I also didn’t knit the ribbed neck section as long as the pattern stated.  This meant only needing 3 skeins.

As to how you wear such a thing with a coat, I simply have it up off of my shoulders, basically wearing it as a cowl, with the bulk of it draped in the front.  It looks fine and is very protective against chilly weather!

It’s a fun pattern, even with having to rip back several inches after goofing up the cabling once or twice!