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The Vampyre

So you get yourself three skeins of wonderful TOSH DK and you start wondering “3 skeins huh? Too few to make a sweater, too many to make a hat. So what now? Maybe a shawl?”.

Do you want lace? Nope, you want the shawl to be warm and cozy, not see-through.
Do you want cables? Nope, too fussy.
So why not just stick to your good old friend Garter? And Stockinette to get some variety? And short rows for the challenge and excitement?


And then you knit. You increase here, wrap and turn there… and wait a second! The shawl starts resembling a bat. OMG! So what do you name it? Dracula? Nosferatu? Eric? Or maybe just THE VAMPYRE?

I hope you have as much fun knitting the shawl as I had seeing it being born. :-)

The Vampyre is available on Ravelry or Lete’s Knits website.

This pattern is 20% off until 31st Oct. No code needed – the discount applies automatically. Happy Halloween!

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Rasta Velvet Cowl

I’ve wanted to make this cowl for over a year. First Szilvi published her Rasta Velvet Cape, but that one required 2 skiens of Malabrigo Rasta (I had only one) and it was actually too big for me. So I patiently waited for Szilvi to publish the cowl design.

At the beginning of October  “Rasta Velvet Cowl” by Sylvi Design was finally available.

I love everything about this design. Firstly I’m totally smitten by the butterfly stitch :-) Then I made it in 2 hours! (mostly in the car on the way to my in-laws)

I also love the fit as I desperatelly needed a snug cowl to wear with my winter jacket. I’m not a fan of scarves  – not only when it comes to making them (booooooring yawn!) – but also because I feel I can neaver wear them properly.

I had to make some adjustments to get the best fit I wanted. The cowl is supposed to be knit with very big needles (15 mm), which would result in a loose fabric, but I didn’t want that. Additionally, since I wanted the cowl to be extremly soft next to skin I planned to wash it from the very beginning (Eucalan can do unimaginable magic to Malabrigo – you will not be able to take the garment of, believe me!) and that meant way too loose fabric. When the designer informed me that she didn’t wash the cowl, I decided to cast on with these huge 15-mm needles and then work with size 12 mm (not much smaller, but there was a huge difference when knitting!).

Changing the gauge allowed me to make the cowl a little higher, but that also meant I’d have to be really careful (and lucky) about yardage. If you look closely you will notice I have 4 sections with butterflies, however the ones close to my face have only three “wings”.  Binding of was really exciting! I had to cut off the tail from the CO and join strands by felting the ends to make it possible to bind off the last 6 stitches. The pic below shows exacly how much yarn was left. Close huh?

The yarn is wonderful. It’s slightly felted and really soft. And I think this is the warmest accessory in my closet now. I love it!

We took the photos in Inowrocław – it’s a really beautiful town where my Hubby’s parents live. We didn’t have much sun, but despite that the park looked wonderful drowned in yellow and orange leaves. I was also able to take some pics of my new accessory design which I hope to present to you properly very soon.

Have a lovely week!

xoxo

Justyna