It might seem odd to be thinking about winter in the middle of summer (with apologies to our friends in the Southern Hemisphere) but now is the time to start creating beauties to keep our friends and loved ones warm in the coming cold season.
This great design, Warm All Winter by Cat Bordhi, is perfect in so many ways.
It is extremely portable and, as a relatively small accessory item, while knitting it huge amounts of warm wool are not sitting in your lap -- great for a summer project.
It is marvelously useful. What shall we call it? Is it a hat? A hood? A balaclava? A scarf? All of these and somewhat more.
Actually it reminds me most of all of the helmet and gorget of a suit of armor -- as in a knight-in-shining-armor. Very much in keeping with dragons and Earth Faire, no?
Let me quote Cat here:
When I agreed to teach at the Vogue Knitting Live event in in New York City in January 2011 and everyone I talked to warned me I would freeze, it frightened me. In defense, I designed this versatile cowl. On a mild day, it can be worn with the hood pulled back, or on an especially brutal winter day, the opening becomes a slit, exposing only the eyes. On a merely cold day, the lower half of the opening tucks softly under the chin, keeping the head, ears, and neck cozy. I wore it with just my eyes showing in NYC, and felt warm, mysterious, and happy! I no longer fear East Coast winter.
The pattern is easy to follow, and would make a great gift for friends in cold climates. Personally, I can’t wait for the first really cold winter day when I can wear mine on a vigorous walk, and I am trying to decide on the color I want for my next one.
Last fall, I made one for a good friend who had recently finished some grueling chemotherapy. It was starting to get cold and while some of her hair was growing back, it was nowhere near what she'd need to keep her warm in the winter. Hence Cat's Warm All Winter struck me as perfect.
I used Green Mountain Spinnery's Mountain Mohair and found it marvelous. After washing, it bloomed into a deliciously soft fiber and Diane was thrilled.
Of course, this is also a great piece for anyone who likes to be warm in the wintertime -- wouldn't that be everyone? Doh!
The pattern calls for Bulky / 12 ply (7 wpi) yarn, between 300 and 320 yards (274 - 293 meters). You are going for a gauge of 4 stitches = 1 inch in Stockinette Stitch; the original used needles of size 10 US (6.0mm).
And one other great thing about this design -- Cat teaches you all sorts of neat new things, via videos on line. The URLs are in the pattern (which here we offer as a hard copy only, all 5 pages printed out on heavy weight paper and slid into a sheet protector).
Fun! Wonderful both as a gift and for oneself!