It seems like just yesterday I was writing about the first row of 2019 GAL patterns I have made available! The 2019 GAL patterns are available at a 25% discount until 12/2/19!
I realized yesterday that almost all of the patterns have more than one version in the pattern, so they are more of a bargain than the raw price would indicate.
Focus on Middle Column of 2019 GAL Collage
Today I’ll focus on the middle (lengthwise) row of patterns.
Taos neck warmer or shawlette
With two sizes, (and a third coming for fingering weight yarn) is an old favorite. It has been around for a while, and was the result of a personal knitting project. That is always a good place to start. In worsted weight yarn, it can be adjusted to be made from that lovely large skein of hand painted yarn you bought–and have no idea what to do with! The bottom trim is worked as a separate piece, to a length that works for your yarn quantity. I give hints on customizing the size throughout the pattern. There are two or three closure ideas too. Samples knitted by Lee Gifford and Kathleen Connors.
Savoie Shawl one size
This is knit end-to-end, with the collar end drawing the piece in. It is pretty flexible, so without a closure it functions more like a small rectangle shawlette, with a rolled collar. In the version shown (my personal Savoie) I used a pale green for the trim. Sadly, I lost this version; the upside is that I wore it a lot, so at least it was loved while I had it. I need to get another one made, in Red Shoe from Anzula. The original sample (for Anzula) was knit by Charlie Moore. She felt she had truly mastered backwards knitting by the time she finished the front trims. I do my best to give new skills! Sample knitted by Handiworks, Ltd.
Naples Collar and Cowl XS (S) (M) (L) (XL)
There are two variations: A flat collar, and a flat and ITR combined cowl. I love them both, but feel I really hit the jackpot on yarn in the two bulky versions. But then, I love the DK too, and the worsted Cowl has tons of styling options. Although much more tailored, the flat version is great for the person who doesn’t want to pull something over their head. So there are six iterations in this pattern. Plus, instructions for all the buttons I made, so you can have custom button collages too! This one is so new that I don’t have them all photographed on models yet. Bulky Flat and Sport Flat samples knitted by Handiworks, Ltd. Worsted flat, Bulky, Worsted, and DK Cowls samples knitted by Me.
Point Roberts S (M) (L)
There are three sizes for this one, with different uses of yarn to create pattern. I did these as a challenge to work from the outside in. It is a unique structure that is fun because it is always getting smaller. I have some fastening ideas for each, which are tailored or playful. Perfect for using a sock yarn that you want to wear somewhere besides your feet. Point Roberts has a lovely rhythm, and is great for knitting that is interesting, but not hard. When we were traveling I wore a scarf (huge square) tied behind my back to make sleeves in Morocco. I would love to have Point Roberts in the larger size to do that with, although probably with a fastener, not a knot! Samples knitted by Deborah DeRiggi.
2019 GAL Actual Knitting
In the spirit of the 2019 GAL I am planning on knitting (and finishing) two projects before the end of 2019. I have started on the Herringbone Cowl from Christine Guest. I cast on 16 more stitches than called for because I wanted it a little deeper. Want to follow my progress? Here’s the project page; or join in my 2019 GAL discussion thread.