This reversible cowl will keep you super warm on those cold, winter days.
The Whistler Cowl is a stunning accessory that looks beautiful on everyone. The cowl has a cabled stitch pattern and is completely reversible. It is knit in Mezcla de Lujo yarn – a luxurious worsted weight yarn made of 70% merino wool and 30% cashmere. This cowl was originally created as a gift, and it is an extra-special way to show someone you care.
The Whistler Cowl is of intermediate difficulty, and it is a great opportunity to learn a new stitch pattern. The reversible cable stitch is created by alternating knit and purl stitches (as you do to create the rib stitch) and then crossing the stitches over one another (as you do to create one-sided cable stitches). While you may find the stitch pattern tricky at first, the remarkable results are more than worth the effort.
Note: We used a modified 3 needle bind off technique for the finishing on our sample. If you prefer an easier version, simply cast-on right away with your working yarn and end by seaming the cast on edge to the cast off edge.
Note about the yarn: Mezcla De Lujo is available through Americo Original online and at select yarn stores. You can substitute with Americo’s Superwash Merino, Pluma, Alpaca Worsted, Worsted Merino or with any suitable heavy DK or Worsted weight yarns in your stash.
Measurements: Circumference: 52" (132 cm) x Depth: 8" (20 cm)
22 stitches and rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in pattern using 5.5 mm (US 9) size needles or size needed to achieve gauge.
K, k: Knit
P, p: Purl
//M// Denotes a stitch marker on the needle
RS Right Side of work or right side of fabric
WS Wrong side of work
CN Cable needle
LC Left cross cable; slip stitches to a cable needle and hold in front
RC Right cross cable; slip stitches to a cable needle and hold in back
Reversible Ribbed Cable Stitch Pattern: (multiples of 24)
12-st LC: slip 6 stitches from left needle to a cable needle and hold in FRONT, (k1, p1) 3 times, work sts from cn as follows; (k1, p1) 3 times.
12-st RC: slip 6 stitches from left needle to a cable needle and hold in BACK, (k1, p1) 3 times, work sts from cn as follows; (k1, p1) 3 times
Before you begin:
NOTE: We used a modified 3 needle bind off technique for the finishing on our sample. If you prefer an easier version, simply cast-on right away with your working yarn and end by seaming the cast on edge to the cast off edge.
For the modified 3-needle bind off technique: using a scrap piece of yarn in a contrasting colour and 5.5 mm (US 9) size needles, cast on 72 stitches. Change to your main colour and work to the end but leave your stitches on the needle.
Unpick the provisional scrap yarn from the cast on edge, placing the stitches on a spare needle. Join the cast on edge to the cast off edge using a 3-needle bind off: www.knittinghelp.com/videos/binding-off
Using 5.5 mm (US 9) needles, cast on 72 stitches.
Rows 1-2: *k1, p1; repeat from * to end.
Row 3: *12-st LC, (k1, p1) 6 times; rep from * to end
Rows 4-8: *k1, p1; repeat from * to end.
Row 9: *(k1, p1) 6 times, 12-st RC; rep from * to end
Rows 10-12: *(k1, p1); repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat rows 1-12 for 25 repeats.
Cast off depending on your chosen cast on method. Sew in ends and enjoy your beautiful new cowl!
Americo Original is a Canadian yarn company and online knitting shop with its own line of quality yarns, knitwear patterns and accessories. Americo’s yarns are made exclusively in the Andean highlands of South America, using only natural fibres, including luxurious wool, llama, alpaca, cotton, linen, silk and cashmere. Americo and its in-house design lab are based in Toronto, offering international shipping from its online store: americo.ca/shop.
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With Valentine’s Day around the corner and wedding season here before you know it we rounded up some of our favourite jewellery brands that take personalization to the next level.
If you’re looking to add a personalized element to you accessory game, or gift someone you love with an amazing customized present, online shopping is your best source. From affordable bespoke pieces, like hand stamped pendants and monogram earrings to handcrafted investment jewellery created out of precious metals, it’s out there. We’ve done the web lurking for you and found five fabulous brands that specialize in personalization.
Grace Personalized on Etsy
Grace Nguyen Tran left her corporate job in media to pursue her passion for jewellery design and started her first Etsy shop in 2013. She offers delicate handmade jewellery that focuses on sentimental personalized rings, bracelets and necklaces. Some of her standout offerings include items that take personalization one step further by using fingerprints and handwriting samples from the buyer and translating that into heartwarming, yet beautiful, necklaces, bracelets or pendants.
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Raised on a vineyard, jewellery designer Emily Hirsch has created a line that hails tribute to the rich and earthy landscapes of Northern California. The Talon Zodiac line features 12 signet rings embossed with astrological images. This type of ready to wear gift gives personalization without the wait of a made to order piece of jewellery.
This small Canadian company based in Toronto started selling jewellery to women almost a decade ago. Now, owner Karen Lamont creates simple yet sartorially strong sterling silver pieces, for women, men and children. Each piece helps celebrate important moments and honour important people; friends, lovers, family members and even dogs. The first step in creating a custom Citrus Silver piece is selecting words, names and numbers you would like to carry with you. Each letter and number is then placed with careful precision and a steady hand on the chosen design.
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The Brooklyn based jewellery mecca known as Catbird is known for housing the world’s most exciting jewellery designers along with designing and manufacturing its namesake line. Every piece of the Catbird line is handcrafted in its Brooklyn studio using recycled or fair-trade gold and all stones are conflict-free. One area they excel in is creating delicate and dainty personalized and customizable jewellery. Some of our favourite pieces in their collection is the You Are My Moon And Stars stackable necklace (great for new moms) and the Tomboy ring with hand stamped writing.
Lat & Lo
Founder Kellie Ivey started this company in her garage, now decades later it has become known world wide for it's number driven bangles. Each pieces tells a story, from printing the latitude and longitude of a special place, either birthplaces, wedding places or final resting places of a loved one. To further personalize a message many of the Lat & Lo pieces allow you to write an inscription on the back. The jewelry is available in both fill and solid gold, as well as sterling silver and rose gold.
Spend quality time with the ones you love and create happy memories that will last you a lifetime. Learn about why it's important to make family date night part of your routine.
Couples are often reminded they need to continue to date their partners long after they're married and possibly have kids. It's important to continue to connect on a romantic level and do exciting things together, not just crash on the couch at the end of the workday.
The same concept can be applied to families. We all get so swept up in work, school and, in particular, technology, that sometimes families manage to live under the same roof but spend very little quality time together.
That's where family date night comes in. Just like continuing to date your partner, it can be beneficial for your family's relationship as a whole to set aside a dedicated time once per week or biweekly to do something together.
"Spending quality time is an important way to tell our family that we love them, that of all the things we could be doing and all the people we could be doing them with, we are choosing to be with them," says Marion Goertz, a registered marriage and family therapist based in Toronto. She says really listening to your children, talking to them and getting to know them "provides a positive impact on the neuroscience of their brains that video games and online activities can't replicate."
Family date nights are good for your spirit and your brain: "The learning and loving goes both ways! Children generally have new and creative ways to respond to the world around them, whereas adults can easily forget how to play, how to be silly and how to ask questions about the, ‘why or why not' of things," says Goertz.
The best family date nights will accommodate all the ages, stages and mental and physical interests and capabilities of each family member in your home. Don't alienate one family member or choose an activity somebody dreads – the point is to all have fun together.
When you're devising how you'll spend your family date nights, get input from the whole family. Take turns coming up with suggestions, keep tabs on seasonal or special events in your area or try to come up with something completely new everyone would like to try. "Remember that kids are all about sampling," says Goertz. "It's wisest to try before you buy and enjoy the experience of trying out a number of different things."
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|This story was originally titled "Buying Time" in the February 2015 issue. |
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