Tulippa Cowl: Beaded Kits (Tosh Merino Light + Holo Glitter)

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Killing Me Softly
Killing Me Softly
Barbara Deserved Better
Barbara Deserved Better
Kristina's original
Kristina's original

We just got in some gorgeous and "bling-full" yarn from Madeline Tosh with glitter and glorious colors.  So I thought of holiday gifting and was hoping to find a pattern that could bring out its beauty and still require only one skein. 

And so I am really delighted to have remembered this one. We've put together kits for it before and been very very pleased.

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). 

These are all skeins of Tosh Merino Light + Holo Glitter, made up of 90% merino/ 8% acrylic/ 2% stellina.  They each have 420 yards (384m) per 100g skein.  The stellina is glowing with all sorts of subtle hues -- delicate pinks and rose and gold are what I mostly see. 

The yarn is soft and delicious -- it should be fine for next-to-skin wear.

We selected a few colorways that we think will look awesome and bring brightness and light to whomever wears the cowl.

1.  Killing Me Softly is dyed on a cream based but with sections of pale blue, deeper blue, gray, some peach, some violet and some black, some as speckles, some a sdashes, and some as sections. (Sorry, sold out)

2.  Barbara Deserved Better (a reference to a character in the first season of Stanger Things) is more of a tonal blend of colors, with mostly peaches and pinks and rose combining with a bit of bright amber and orange and a bit of black speckles and dashes. 

3. Cousteau plays on subtle variations of teals in both the blue and blue-green families.  The stellina stands out a bit more against darker colors and I see some greens and copper threads amongst them.


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.  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),