We just had to bring back kits for this beauty!
Kristina Vilimaite has taken her gorgeous Secession Shawl and re-created it into a cowl form.
It is one of three designs that can be gotten from her on Ravelry as part of her Recowled e-book.
Note that the kit does not automatically include the pattern. We strongly suggest getting the pattern via Kristina's Ravelry page and thus saved in your Rav library. In addition you would then get any updates as soon as they are released.
Here is what she writes about her Secession Cowl:
Simplicity and decorativeness united in this cowl reminds of the Viennese Secession movement (the Austrian Art Nouveau).
While worn the cowl looks like a shawl, but it is more practical as there are no dangling points to get into your food or cooking. My all time favourite Secession shawl is the inspiration for this cowl.
The knitting starts with a provisional cast on. Then the asymmetric fabric is worked flat sideways in one piece. After binding off at the bottom edge of the cowl, stitches are picked up from one side and worked together with the cast on stitches using three-needle bind off.
Beads are optional but highly recommended.
The Yarn and Colorways
We are not offering in our kits the exact yarn or colorways that Kristina used for her original. You can see what we have in the inset photos on the top picture and again right below that.
The photos of her finished piece are shown (© Kristina Vilimaite / Natália Hubay-Németh and shown with her permission) so you can get a good idea of the design.
What is needed is roughly 569 yards (520 m) of fingering weight yarn.
Our yarn is a wonderful cross-season yarn. From Gedifra, it is called Cottolana 4ply and is made up of 50% wool + 50% cotton. Each ball has 186 yards(170 meters).
Three skeins will be included in each kit -- giving you just about exactly what Kristina suggests. If you would prefer and extra skein, do let me know and as long as we have stock, I will set you up with it.
We have two colorways you can choose between:
1. Purple is pure and simply that. A solid colorway, this is the color of royalty.
2. Grass is the color of the deep forest in summertime, where evergreens mingle with oaks in deep shade.
Beads are optional but will be included in your kit.
All that are needed are 135 size 6/0 beads (that's a bit less than 15 grams).
Kristina used Matte Crystal beads in hers and had them stand out in a mostly lovely manner.
I can follow her lead and give you contrasting beads -- the Silver Lined Crystal will look awesome -- or go with beads that mirror the colors in the yarn and have them stand out but not quite as strongly. I also really (!) like how gold looks with either of these.
If you have a preference, tell me. Otherwise I will pick for you.
The kit does not automatically include the pattern.
The best way to get this pattern is via Kristina's Raverly page. This puts a copy in your Ravelry library and ensures you get any updates right away. In this case, set the drop-down menu labeled "Pattern" to "No Pattern Needed."
However, should that not work for you for any reason, we can offer a printed copy of the pattern sent with your kit or a PDF emailed to you (we do this manually and usually send it out the same day we ship the kit).
These three options can be seen via the drop-down menu above labeled "Pattern."