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Entries in Cowls (22)

Sunday
Apr132014

Whit's Knits: Woven Pearl Cowl

Rigid heddle weaving is a relatively new pursuit of ours here at the Purl Bee. With last spring's arrival of Schacht Spindle Co's tabletop Cricket Loom a whole world opened for us, a world of reeds and shuttles, warps and wefts. And as we explore this unfamiliar land, under every rock is a surprise even more beautiful than the last.

This project pairs fine yarns with a fairly open reed and a light touch. With the ocean and its salty breezes and sparkling tides on my mind, I chose for the weft Alchemy's Silken Straw. It embodies the rusticity of driftwood together with the elegance of a pearl. In contrast, Purl Soho's extraordinary Line Weight serves as the warp. A simple single ply of merino, it brings a cottony, matte softness to the project.

As exquisite as the Pearl Cowl looks, it's actually a breeze to make. Even if you have never woven before, you can plunge into the ocean and come up with a pearl! To get started, pick up Purl Soho's Materials for Pearl Cowl, which comes either with the 15-inch Cricket Loom or as a yarn-only kit.

And don't forget dear mom, whose day is less than a month away. Wouldn't she feel as beautiful as a mermaid in her own Pearl Cowl? Happy weaving! -Whitney

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Thursday
Mar062014

Corinne's Thread: Cozy Sewn Cowl

It will probably not surprise you to hear that I have a huge stash of fabric at home. There is a box of linen under my bed, an amazing stack of vintage chintz in my closet and a whole archive of Seasonal Liberties in my sewing cabinet. All of it was purchased with the best of intentions, but intention does not always equal inspiration. And so my stash waits. 

Michael Miller’s Organic Sherpa reminds me a bit of all my sidelined fabrics. Soft, squishy and huggable, Sherpa is love at first sight; but while it is completely irresistible, it is also unique, and without the right vision, all its plush perfection can end up folded on a shelf.
Purl Soho has carried Michael Miller’s Organic Sherpa since 2007. In the seven years since, we've only featured it once on the Bee, until this season, when you may have noticed that we’ve become a bit infatuated with it. From blankets to bonnets, Organic Sherpa is no longer floundering in our stash! 
And so, caught up in the fever, I’ve whipped up another Sherpa creation. This time I’ve paired it with Kiyohara’s beautiful and subtle Linen Blend Solids to make a Cozy Sewn Cowl. Soft and comfortable, this cowl is so easy to wear and even easier to make. So easy, in fact, I’ve made two: one in an adult size and one for kids. Our Materials for Cozy Sewn Cowl has enough materials to make both, in a selection of 12 pretty colorways. 
Now, if I could only think of what to do with all that chintz! - Corinne

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Thursday
Jan302014

Whit's Knits: Stitch Block Cowl

Knitters who have made their fair share of garter stitch scarves, ribbed hats and stockinette sweaters, will understand the hankering to shake things up a bit. I love the rhythm and certainty of the basic stitches, but every now and then I relish the challenge of stitch patterns that unfold in surprising ways, that teach me yet something else about the wondrous potential of knits and purls!

I've done a lot of knitting in my life, so much that I sometimes wonder if there are any stones left unturned, but this Stitch Block Cowl took me into new terrain. I've knit colorwork and I've knit "in the row below", but I've never done the two together. It's terrifically easy and proves, once again, that knitting is inexhaustibly interesting.

Each of the three stitch patterns in our Stitch Block Cowl employ this simple technique of knitting stitches in the row below (don't worry, we explain what that means in the pattern with photos and everything!). This is ultimately a lot like slipping stitches and has the same effect of creating a very cozy fabric with a whole lot of squish and depth. Add to that the remarkably soft merinos of Purl Soho's Worsted Twist and Madelinetosh's Tosh Merino and you've got one voluptuous cowl!

Ready to take your own journey into uncharted knitting territory? Make sure you pack one of Purl Soho's Yarn for Stitch Block Cowl kits, in this pretty Yellow, subtle Gray or icy Blue. And don't forget to send a postcard! -Whitney

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Tuesday
Dec102013

Give Your Favorite Purl Bee Project!

Maybe over the past year you've felt inspired by a project here on the Purl Bee, some little knit socks perhaps or an amazing quilt or a gorgeous cowl. And maybe now you'd like to pass that inspiration on to the crafty people you love. Sounds nice!

But what, you just give someone a pile of yarn and a web address? No! You give them a specially wrapped package of the major materials they will need, accompanied by a pretty card that pictures the finished project and gives instructions on where to go to get the free pattern! Sounds really nice!

We've chosen thirteen projects to get this special treatment, and we call them our Gift Kits! Nine of them are shown at the top of this post. They are...

Top Row: Pointy Hats for Newborns, Worsted Twist Seed Stitch Scarf, and Knit Octopus

Middle Row: Wool and Liberty Teddy Bear, Woven Plaid Scarf, and Bear's Rainbow Blanket

Bottom Row: Pin Loom Coasters, Toddler Socks, and Everyday Tote

Plus four more shown below...

Top Row: Bobble Sheep Pillow and Ombre Cowl

Bottom Row: Super Easy Blankets and Denim Pinwheel Quilt

And to browse our entire collection of Gift Kits just click here. From knitting and weaving to quilting and sewing, from cuddly toys for tots to sophisticated wraps for women, there's so much crafty goodness to give! Happy holidays from the Purl Bee!

Tuesday
Nov262013

Laura's Loop: Structured Alpaca Cowl in Purl Soho's New Alpaca Pure!

Purl Soho's newest yarn, Alpaca Pure, is wonderfully suited for contrasts and warmth! This elegantly plied yarn is as articulate in a textured rib as it is in smooth stockinette stitch. And in 100% of the softest and coziest alpaca fiber we've ever felt, this worsted weight yarn creates the very fabric you dream about in the bitterest depths of winter.

Our Structured Alpaca Cowl was inspired by the versatility of Alpaca Pure, its subtle sheen and sumptuous loft. A twisted rib pattern stands tall to protect the back of the neck, while a stockinette front gently drapes below the chin, framing the wearer's face and fortifying against the cold. Quick and simple to knit, gorgeous to wear, it's the ultimate last minute gift!

Our Alpaca Pure collection comes in our classic palette of neutrals and blues with pops of our favorite wildflower brights. Enjoy this quick-knitting beauty, so perfect for holiday crafting and giving! -Laura

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