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.
These mini cabins have all the essentials, not to mention being picture-perfect for an Instagram post. Next time you're thinking about a weekend getaway, think smaller.
Of course we dream of elaborate vacations to tropical destinations, or beach-side mansions with all the luxuries and more, but what's really been catching our eye lately is the ultra-instagrammable tiny cabins located in beautiful landscapes all across Canada.
Available for rent on Airbnb, these cabins are no bigger than a couple hundred square feet, but have everything you need from a kitchen, to second-floor bedroom loft, and some even with extra living room space. These cabins are perfect for the minimalist lover, or if the city is getting a little too loud for you.
The best part about these adorable cozy cabins? How affordable they are! The price, depending on season and location, ranges from about $80 to $150 a night, with most cabins being able to accommodate 2-5 guests.
Whether you're on the east or west coast, or somewhere in the middle, check out these listings and try not to get obsessed:
Westover Bed & Breakfast, approx. $125/night, airbnb.ca
This beautiful cabin is colourful, cozy and completely surrounded by a gorgeous green forest. It's on a 3-acre property and even comes with a full breakfast! With only room for two, this is the perfect excuse for a romantic quiet getaway.
2. Roberts Creek, British Columbia
The Micro Cabin in Roberts Creek, approx. $90/night, airbnb.ca
Made Instagram-famous by the most recent Bachelorette Canada, Jasmine Lorimer, and her fiancée, this tiny cabin is aesthetically perfect on the inside and out. It's incredibly small clocking in at only 125 square-feet but is so well-planned that it even looks spacious inside. I dare you not to put it on your bucket list.
3. Mara, British Columbia
Little Green Ranch, approx. $90/night, airbnb.ca
This is listed as a "Little Green Ranch" and that's exactly what it looks like. The cute green house with the green-painted porch is small but efficient! Great for spending some time on a countryside bonding with friends or family, this small ranch house fits six guests in three beds (and has a perfect five-star rating).
4. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Country Cabins Pine Lodge, approx. $120/night, airbnb.ca
A rustic, all-wood log cabin has never looked so appealing. It's small, can fit four guests, and has a view of the Aurora Borealis! If you've always wanted to go off-the-grid up north, this is the place for you.
Our Tine A Frame, approx. $150/night, airbnb.ca
A tiny house in the town of Tiny, Ontario, how perfect! The A-frame design is super cool, except for those who are over 6-feet-tall, then you may have to crouch in some spaces. Perfect for a weekend by the beaches (six beaches, to be exact), the house is also equipped with an in-porch hot tub! Be right back, booking it right now.
Cabin perched on escarpment band, approx. $135/night, airbnb.ca
Come here for the perfect 'glamping' experience. This small cabin perched right on the escarpment has floor-to-ceiling windows, making the view beautiful from wherever you're standing. They can even arrange for guests to help out on the nearby farm during their stay if they want!
Chalet dans les arbres, approx. $155/night, airbnb.ca
Make all your childhood dreams come true by staying in this "chalet dans les arbres." This isn't the kind of treehouse you find in backyards though, it's better. With cool rope bridges and walkways to get you to your cabin, you'll feel your inner 10-year-old coming out. These listers are experienced in unique rental experiences, they also own a hobbit house you can stay in!
Small ecological cabin on wheels tiny house style, approx. $160/night, airbnb.ca
These brightly-colours tiny-house style cabins are located in the most beautiful field of flowers by the St. Laurent river. Wake up in a calming, all-wood-interior cabin and feel like you're stepping into a fairytale land when you open the door.
JAnaB Log Cabin, approx. $80/night, airbnb.ca
If this tiny log cabin doesn't make you feel welcome in P.E.I, I don't know what will. The spacious porch gives you a perfect view of the sunset and most of the furniture and decor is locally hand-made. Get your feet wet in the east coast, figuratively and literally, as it's only a five-minute walk from a red sand beach!
East Coast Newfoundland cabin, approx. $105/night, airbnb.ca
This cabin offers TV with Netflix and Wifi, but chances are you won't be needing it. Located right beside the wharf, with stunning views of water and greenery, the fresh Newfoundland air will be the only thing on your mind.
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People didn't really have backyards in the olden days. They had a front porch, an outhouse and a lot of cough medicine that was, in fact, morphine. With no one else around for miles, you could do anything out front—even your laundry—because no one cared if you stood on your lawn, completely naked, hanging your wool bloomers on the clothesline. And if you happened to be treating that cough, chances are you didn't care, either.
Now, of course, if you have a house, it usually comes with a backyard; that's where you destress, relax and entertain. Your front yard is for showing off aspects of your personality that you want the world to see. The backyard, however, is where the real you lets loose. The modern home is the residential version of the mullet: business in the front, party in the back.
The façade of my 1840s cottage looks a lot like it would have in the 19th century: a white painted porch, some rambling roses and a little vegetable garden. Up until recently, my backyard was similar; it matched the house but didn't necessarily match me. Making it over was a chance to express another part of my personality; to show that, even though I love the past, I wasn't stuck living in it. So, to provide balance, I paired my period-appropriate front porch with a decidedly contemporary urban backyard, one where I may or may not hang my bloomers out to dry…while nursing a cough.
How to grow your own privacy
Being in the backyard is great, but sometimes you want to grab your morning coffee, curl up on the front porch and watch the world go by—without the world watching you. A dense leafy perennial vine is a great way to create a green privacy wall. Certain ivies will grow quickly, while others, like this climbing hydrangea, will take several years before they provide enough cover for you to feel comfortable in your ratty pajamas.
Porch swing, amazon.ca.
Timothy Oulton Canadian-flag cushion, upcountry.com.
Galvanized planter pails, terragreenhouses.com.
Instead of buying new cushion covers for your outdoor seating, wrap sun bleached fabric in burlap.
Tip: Give small planter pots a boost by displaying them on various rungs of a vintage ladder.
Outdoor chairs and table, walmart.ca.
Toss cushions, homesense.ca.
Floor & Patio paint in Deck Grey 122-71 (porch flooring), benjaminmoore.ca.
How to put a perpetually unproductive planter to work
My potting shed is packed with planters of every size that will never be filled with flora. (Mainly, they're filled with just spiders.) That's why I dragged a few planters out of storage, dusted them off and repurposed them as outdoor tables. Topped with a round sheet of glass, my black drum-shaped planter is the perfect complement to a pair of armchairs. And by setting an old pine plank on top of two smaller box planters, I created a custom outdoor coffee table without setting foot in a shop.
How to get a lawn in an instant
For most people, a lawn is nothing but trouble. In an effort to cajole their grass back to life every summer, homeowners arm themselves with lawn seed, fertilizer and a big bag of swear words. Save yourself the effort and fake it. Artificial grass is now sold edged and in rolls—just like indoor rugs—and it looks way better than it did years ago. You'll get beautiful colour and soft cushioning under your feet with minimal effort—simply roll it up at the end of the season.
Grass rugs, rona.ca.
Drum planter and lumbar cushions, homesense.ca.
Outdoor armchairs, costco.ca.
Wire lantern, rona.ca.
Square-cut flagstone, ferrellbrick.net.
How to create powerhouse planters
If you want a container garden that makes an impact, forget typical generic nursery plants—I'm looking at you, geraniums—and embrace the plants of the disco era. Tropical greens that were popular houseplants in the 1970s not only look great in planters but also tolerate dry conditions. Mix tall, spiky spider plants and wandering Jew with cascading creeping Jenny and sweet potato plants (Ipomoea batatas) for dynamic pots that command attention—especially if you're doing the hustle around them.
Planter pots, discountemporium.ca.
How to hang a window box without a window
It wasn't just for esthetics that I installed my backyard fence planks horizontally; it was also for function. The boards allowed me to hang window box planters with nothing more than a few large S-hooks. Positioning planters at different heights lends a contemporary feel, while mounting them evenly enters more traditional territory.
Tip: Add draping spiller plants to window-box arrangements. They'll trail down fences and walls as the season progresses, creating a living-wall effect.
Dollar stores often sell artificial grass in square tiles that clip together so you can design your own custom “carpet.” Linked in a long, narrow strip, they make a chic runner for an outdoor dining table.
Window-box planters, hollandpark.com.
Outdoor dining set, ikea.ca.
Drink dispenser, indigo.ca.
Check out designer Karl Lohnes' terrific terrace makeover.
|This story was originally part of "Now & Then" in the June 2015 issue.
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