I love the designs of Xandy Peters, most especially her creations that use stacked stitches. I find them intriguing and fun to knit -- i love the quirkiness!
And so when I was thinking of a design to offer, I decided to go with one of her earliest ones, this Petal Cowl.
Please get the pattern from Xandy's Ravelry page. What we offer here is yarn to make a beautiful piece with.
Here is what Xandy writes:
Petal is a cowl designed to highlight the color shifts of a self striping yarn.
The stitch shapes are inspired by flower petals, fish scales, and vintage crochet afghans.
A great summer knit, or a cold weather project when made in heavy yarn. A unique stitch is used to create an extra long chevron motif which sets this cowl apart.
If you can handle various types of increases and decreases and circular knitting you can make this cowl.
If you have never done the KYOK increase before and want to see it on video Twist collective shows this increase in a youtube video.
Pattern can easily be made larger, smaller, or adjusted to work with heavier yarns (I want one in Kureyon for this winter).
You may also use stripes of different yarns to make this cowl - I did my initial swatches by alternating yarn colors every 2 rows.
The Yarn and Colorways
Xandy's original piece was knit with 1 skein of Noro Taiyo Sock and Silk Garden Sock. It had a finished size of 10" wide x 40" around.
She recommends self-striping fingering weight yarn -- though be aware that the gauge can be adjusted to work with any weight yarn.
When I looked at the Project Pages to see what other knitters have used for this cowl, I found quite a number were very happy with their results knitting with Zauberball.
This is a new colorway in Zauberball 100, 100% superwash merino, with 437 yards (400m) per 100g ball.
Mittelland (translates as Midland) has the colors of a summer field, inlcuding gold into greens into turquoise into purples. A true smile-maker.
Each kit will simply consist of one ball of the colorway.