Thursday, October 6, 2011

Comfort Food

When my Great Aunt Mimi, who was like a grandmother to me, passed away, I just couldn’t bring myself to knit. I didn’t have the energy to pick up my needles, yet I so wanted to knit.

Comfort Food

I knew I needed to knit something comforting.  Then I remembered the four gorgeous skeins of cashmere that were in my stash, in a color she loved on me.  The design came immediately to me.   



A big, warm, cozy cowl to embrace me all winter long, in luxurious cashmere that I know Mimi would have loved.  I knit and knit and knit, through tears sometimes, but just a week later this cowl and fingerless gloves set was done.   They were my comfort food.



I truly believe Mimi was watching over me while I knit this.  And the timing of publishing the pattern fell almost too perfectly into place and that is due to my fabulous test knitters, Celia and Zonda, my awesome photographer, Tricia Soto, my gorgeous model, Thayer Preece, and the most incredible graphic designer, Jill Zielinski.  You guys came through for me bigtime with this one and I'm so grateful.

I'm offering a special Happy October price of $4.75 until Oct. 11!  Knit on Aran or heavy worsted weight yarn, this is going to knit up so fast and will be perfect for those holiday gifts.

Pattern: Comfort Food  

Notes: Instructions are written for a cowl and fingerless gloves that are worked in the round.  The cowl is shaped slightly at the top.  Charts are provided on the last page.   Aran weight or heavy worsted yarn is knit at a tight gauge to make this a very cozy cowl.  For a cowl with more drape, it is recommended to go up a needle size.  Additional yardage may be required.                                                   

Suggested Yarns: ~ 355-375 yards of aran weight or heavy worsted yarn for both the cowl (220 yards) and fingerless gloves (135-155 yards) such as The Plucky Knitter Aran Cashmere or MCN Aran, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Gaea, Kolláge Yarns Fantastic, Miss Babs Northumbria Aran BFL, Knitted Wit Bulkan, A Verb for Keeping Warm Toasted

Size US 8 (5.0 mm) or size to obtain gauge either DPNs or circular needles
Cable Needle
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle
Waste yarn

Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4” over st st          

one size fits all for cowl
adult women’s medium (large) for fingerless gloves
Finished measurements:  12 ½” wide at bottom of cowl and 9 ½” wide at top of cowl and 11” long for cowl
3 ½” (4”) wide, unstretched and 10 ½” (10 ¾”) long for fingerless gloves    


Happy Comfort Knitting!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits


Renee Anne said...

Love it! Bought it!

Bob knows when I'll get to it...but, I have it and that's important :)

Kathleen said...

Beautiful pattern, Carrie! Just got it! Not what yarn to use.... :)