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Introducing: Harleen Cowl

As most of you already know by now from my posts, I am unapologetically quite the nerd. So, after noticing the pointed wavy edge and eyelets of my latest design my brain immediately went to Harley Quinn aka Dr. Harleen Quinzel. ;)

Harleen Cowl

Most of the cowl is worked in easy Stockinette stitch and then finished off with a few rows of Garter stitch. The cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up on circular needles to eliminate seaming at the end. Yipee!

I used one skein (about 215 yards) of Freia Handpaints Ombre Sport in the colorway Lichen. I love the colors! Come to think of it, they complement the colors in my company logo perfectly. Perhaps I subconsciously picked this colorway based on that (!). At any rate, this yarn's shades are amazing and it was really difficult to put my needles down most nights as I wanted to see the current shade morph into the next one.

The colors children!

The pattern for Harleen Cowl is available on Ravelry here.

Introducing: Checkered Dots Cowl

I love the idea of mixing classic with a touch of quirky so paired polka dots with classic checkers for Checkered Dots Cowl. I also have a thing for chunky and bulky weight yarns. It's probably because they knit up quickly and are so darn squishy. :)

Checkered Dots Cowl is knit in the round on circular needles so there's no seaming necessary in the final step. (Yay!) I used only about half a skein of Bernat Chunky Solids yarn in the shade Aran. You really get a lot for your money with this high quality acrylic yarn and I plan on using the rest for another project soon.

Checkered Dots Cowl

Closeup view

Checkered Dots Cowl can be purchased on Ravelry here.

Happy knitting and crocheting! 
And don't forget to take a break or two during this crazy rush before the holidays. :)


Introducing: A Shroud for Lily Shawl

Boo! My favorite time of the year is almost here. That's right, Halloween is upon us again and as usual I have another spooky themed design out. Well, it's really not frightening at all but it is was inspired by the 60's sitcom The Munsters, more specifically Lily Munster's fabulous coffin lined cape. :)

A Shroud for Lily is a Garter stitch shawl or wrap which has an edge of ruched chevrons resembling coffin lining. It also has a section of lovely vertical lace. The piece is totally customizable and you can make it as tall as you like, add more of the "coffin lining" design and/or less Garter stitch. Just be aware that you may need to buy more yarn.

A Shroud for Lily

A Shroud for Lily back view

And speaking of yarn... swoon! I used two skeins of Swanky by Nerd Girl Yarns in the colorway Abnegation.  I can't say enough good things about this gorgeous and luxurious yarn (their entire company in fact is absolutely amazing). It's hand dyed and composed of 50% Superwash Merino and 50% Silk. It's smooth, soft, has a nice sheen to it and drapes wonderfully. This yarn will add a touch of elegance and sophistication to anything you make with it. You can view and purchase all their lovely yarn bases and colorways here.

A Shroud for Lily is available on Ravelry here.

For those who celebrate... have a safe and fun Halloween!

Happy knitting (and crocheting) everyone!