Tulippa Cowl/ Beaded Kits/ Color Choices

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Jacaranda -- this will give you a look quite similar to Krisitina's cowl.
Jacaranda -- this will give you a look quite similar to Krisitina's cowl.
Kristina's original piece.
Kristina's original piece.


This one is really something. 

The Tulippa Cowl is part of Kristina Vilimaite's Recowled e-book -- and based on her earlier Tulippa Shawl. 

The Design

Here is what Kristina says about the design: 

Shawls are great, but cowls are better. Well, at least when you cook, eat, bath a child or play with your cat. There are no ends in a cowl that get dirty, wet or pulled at. Cowls do not easily fall off. So very convenient...

The cowl is worked back and forth starting with a provisional cast on, and finished by joining the ends together into a loop. Beads are added close to the join for a decorative transition. A few beads are also added to the tips of the tulips to make them glow.

Instructions are provided for two sizes: small and medium. Using a fingering weight yarn, these instructions will result in a narrow or wide cowl. Alternatively, you can use DK weight yarn with the instructions for size small to make a wide cowl. In either weight you can choose to work a short or a long cowl, or adjust the length to your liking.

The Yarn

The yarn we have for these kits is absolutely delicious but it is not the same as what Kristina used in her original.  We show what we have for these kits in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.  The other photos show Kristina's original cowl so you can get an idea of the look (used with her permission, © Kristina Vilimaite / Natália Hubay-Németh). 

The yarn is Canopy Fingering from The Fibre Company. This is composed of 50% baby alpaca/ 30% merino/ 20% viscose bamboo -- and yes, it feels as wonderful as it sounds. 

Each skein has 200 yards/ 50 grams.  

Now for the sizes of this cowl in fingering weight, Kristina recommends 208 yards (190m) for the Small that is narrow and short (22" x 8.5"), 410 yards (375m) for the narrow/ long size (45" x 8,5"), 285 yards (260m) for the wide/ short (22" x 12.5") and 580 yards (530m) for the wide/ long (45" x 12.5"). 

These are being put together with two skeins per kit so each has a total of 400 yards.  This should allow you to knit all the sizes except the very largest, though it might be a little bit shy for the narrow/long cowl (though as one can easily adjust the length, it should work just fine). 

Bear in mind, if you would like an extra skein to expand your size options, just contact us and we'll work with you on a special kit. 

If you look at the sample cowls done by the test knitters on the Project Page you will see that all but one used less than this amount of yarn and created quite a lovely piece. 

The Colorways

These are all solid hues, with some very slight subtle variations. 

1.  Fern is a lovely spring green, a yummy pistachio. 

2.  Jacaranda is a wondrous violet, kind of a mulberry jam color.

The Beads

All that is needed for a lovely embellishment is between 63 and 95 size 6/0 beads.  We'll make sure you have more than you need. 

The beads might be a reflection of the yarn colorway, perhaps a deeper green for the Fern or a smoky amethyst for Jacaranda.  Or it could be a contrast color, to really stand out; the silver lined crystals looks great with just about anything.  You might perhaps want a completely different color bead for your contrast -- tell me your ideas or vision.  

For sure, if you have a preference, let me know.  Otherwise I will choose for you. 

The Pattern

The instructions for this lovely shawl are both written and charted and includes some clear tutorials.

The kit will not automatically include the pattern.

I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Kristina via her Ravelry web page. In that case, set the Pattern drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed." This will store the pattern in your Ravelry library and ensure you get any updates issued. 

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, please make sure the drop-down menu is set to that. It is 10 pages.

We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and generally do that right before shipping your kit),