Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Seyfert Cowl, one skein, one afternoon.

Sparkly Dream in Color Starry. I didn't get any but have been thinking of what it could become...
One enticing fiber I saw Saturday was some Dream in Color Starry. I overheard a customer mentioning how hard it is to find, and that she uses it as a go-to fiber in the winter. I was most interested in the red colorway. That skein that did not follow me home.... yet.

I mozied into Windsor Button Saturday, on the pretense of shopping for size 17 circular needles for a friend. I was pleasantly surprised to find a number of projects that called my name. Susan Baker, one of the owners of the shop, was sporting a colorful cowl with an interesting stitch pattern. I snapped a photo of her cowl but my phone hiccuped and the file was lost. Tomorrow I hope to add a photo that Susan is sending me, but here is a snapshot of the basket of yarn options.

Rowan Color Scapes by Kaffe Fassett
More Rowan Kaffe Fassett
Susan's colorful and textural cowl inspired me Saturday. When I asked about it, she shared the free Berroco pattern that she used. Seyfert is a Norah Gaughan design and is a free download on the Berroco website. I need to go back to get the olive, purple and navy skein and make it for keeps!

So, don't you know I did some stash diving and made one up on Sunday? With a few episodes of Downton Abbey and no interruptions, voila.... a cool cowl to add to my gift pile. My Seyfert was knit up in some Noro Taiyo I got last summer, I used my new Addi circular needles in size 11. I modified the pattern slightly by doing a long tail cast on of 139 stitches, (the pattern called for 115).  The written directions are a simple and intuitive eight row repeat. The weight of this cowl is soft and drapey, but I expect it will be a warm and colorful neck cozy.

Noro Seyfert, re-thinking the super stretchy bind off seen at the bottom edge.
And finally, the pattern that took my breath away is this....

Jojoland Melody Superwash fiber, Swirl Shape pattern is knit in hexagons and grows by picking up stitches.

The colors are mesmerizing.


This shawl is being sold as a kit at Windsor Button. For under $50.00 you get the pattern and five skeins of yarn to make a modular creation that starts as a hexagon and continues into a larger piece by picking up edge stitches as you go. I think I will seek anyone interested in doing a KAL after the holidays are passed. Leave me a note or PM me on Ravelry at 19vesperstreet if you have any interest in making this shawl.


7 comments:

Patricia said...

Wow...I love the swirl shawl!

Evelyn said...

What a gorgeous design ... I'm tempted!

Knitrageous said...

Seyfert is beautiful!! I grabbed the pattern. Good luck with the Swirl Shawl!

Enid said...

All the yarn shown is gorgeous, I would have had difficulty walking away from it.
The swirl shawl looks interesting, may give it a go after current projects are reduced.
take care,
xx

Gracey is not my name.... said...

I think I have 2 skeins of Starry....a deep purple and a black...hmm I might have a brownish one too....and I have a bunch of that Melody yarn..I think 10 or 12 balls..I won off ebay a long time ago..I'm not big on modular designs though...think they're gorgeous, but I get bored with them..

Carol said...

I saw this swirl shawl at Stitches last year and was so tempted to make it. Instead I did the Noro Modular Afghan and it was alot of fun to make. Same hexagon pattern but designed as a throw. A fun and easy project.

Cleo14 said...

All of the yarn looks great!I would love to make Rowan (1st picture) into a warm muffler.