I'm done, finally. Like I said in the previous post, this pattern has been haunting me a little bit. I originally designed it for a "design a cowl" challenge at work, in August, using leftover yarn from swatches and my stash. I was inspired by a binge watching session of Elementary. I needed an easy pattern to knit while I watched and who wouldn't be inspired by Watson's amazing wardrobe. She clearly has an appreciation for the hand knits, as does the costume designer. With that as a jumping point, I was reminded of a wonderful pattern for socks in Melanie Falick's Kids Knitting book. (This is the book I used when I was teaching myself to knit and I recommend it all the time at work for kids wanting to learn how to knit and grownups!)
The pattern is easy, add a stitch in the beginning, take a stitch out at the end. Adding and subtracting, It's Elementary! I love it when a pattern comes together. I also love it when you can find just the right materials in your stash. The first version was knit with a leftover skein of Rowan Lima Colour that I used for a swatch at work and two leftover skeins of Cascade Eco Cloud. Both yarns have a chainette construction, making them super squishy, and are made with alpaca, making them soft and warm. Here's the first version.
After that, I knit another one for a colleague at work.
Then a short one with the leftovers.
After that, I got the bright idea to knit one, or two, and send them to Lucy Liu and the costume designer at Elementary.
These are knit with Classic Elite Yarns Chalet and are like wearing a cloud!
That's when requests for the pattern started coming in from people at work. The texture and feel are irresistible. I knit 5 more for gifts and two for myself. I did not write up the pattern. I did not send them to Elementary. When A1 came home for the holidays I bought some yarn and had her test knit it. I did not write up the pattern. I did not send them to Elementary.
So, here it is, the middle of January, sigh. BUT, the pattern is finally written, the pictures are processed, it's up on Ravelry and I'm about to send cowls to people I don't know at a TV show! Better late than never when you have a crazy idea.
You can see more pictures of all the cowls I've knit in this pattern on the Elementary Cowl project page. If you really want to get a closer look at the crazy. For now, I have another Elementary Cowl on the needles. This one is made out of free yarn from work like this one. (The new one is pictured at the bottom of the post)
It totally meets all the Stash to Treasure requirements for the knitting project! I haven't forgotten about that challenge. Let's knit!