The first pattern of 2013!

By Megan Goodacre

The first pattern of 2013!

I'm so glad to announce the Chandelle Cowl. I don't (usually) allow myself to wear a sample before it's published; superstition I guess. And the Chandelle is so lovely and luxurious, there have been so chilly winter days where I almost wore it. Capra's merino cashmere blend is fabulous. 

A big shout out to Jan for knitting the sample, Anjali M for editing, and to Knit Picks for their support of independent designers.

The cowl has nice chunky texture to it, made by sections of chain ribbing. Chain ribbing is made by stacking double yarn overs on two single yarn overs. The decreases on either side undulate in and out, creating a chain effect. I used the chain on the edges as well, which makes look almost crocheted. Not too tricky, and a nice easy pattern repeat.

The pattern calls for 5 balls of Capra, but that makes a long cowl, about 65". I can wrap it 3 times around. If you like, it's easy to do fewer reps and make a shorter cowl if you're using up a few spare balls of worsted. I find it's a common leftover amount: 3.5 balls. Too much for a hat, but not quite enough for a scarf.