It’s finally happening. We are nearing the end of the honeymoon yarn. It makes me a little sad that I’ve almost used up all the yarn I bought in Austin. Doesn’t mean the honeymoon is over though…Not for the hubs or for the yarn. They both continue to be absolute rock stars. I imagine that The High Pines Cowl will stand the test of time as well. The color, the clean lines and the easy to wear shape all make this pattern a classic in my book!
The Pattern: High Pines Cowl by Jared Flood
The High Pines Cowl pattern, like any pattern by Jared Flood, is perfection. I swear, everything that man designs is family heirloom quality; High Pines Cowl included! The High Pines Cowl is a short, gently tapered cowl that features alternating bands of cables and knit-purl designs. The top and bottom are a twisted rib that show off the stitch definition of Arbor, one of Brooklyn Tweed’s newest yarns. The cables and sloping knit-purl designs are separated by clever little mock cables.
If there’s one thing I love about Jared Flood’s pattern, it’s that I always learn something new while knitting them. The High Pines Cowl Pattern is full of such great little details and techniques. From the cast on technique, which I talked about in my blog post on Monday, to the instructions for blocking, there is a sense of care and gentle instruction in the whole pattern. It truly makes you feel like you are making a piece of art rather than an accessory.
The instructions are straightforward and easy to follow. If you’re a dunce like me, the knit-purl section might give you some trouble initially. I had such a hard time staying on track until I realized that every stitch in the column was just alternating between to knit rows and two purl rows. Once I could count down the stitch column and see the stitch pattern I did alright. In other words, once I learned to read my stitches, I could fix my mistakes.
The pattern itself is addicting. There’s always something to look forward to in the next few rows to it moves along very quickly. It’s never boring. It’s not too challenging to knit while watching Masterpiece Theater, unless you are an aforementioned dunce like me. It really was a joy to knit, though it owes much of that to…
The Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed’s Arbor (shown in Klimt)
Holy moley. This little yarn is the king of stitch definition! I’ve been drooling over this yarn since it was released. To the untrained eye, this may look like your standard, middle weight yarn. It is not. It is so much more. The range and clarity of the colors make me want to do colorwork. And I never want to do colorwork. The feel of the yarn is sturdy without being scratchy. I have a feeling that this yarn will produce garments that last a long time. I had a few issues here and there with consistency, where one of the plies had a little slub every now and then, but it was pretty rare. It’s not very noticeable in the finished product.
Overall it was a joy to knit with. I have about a skein and a half left and I can’t decide how I will use it. Maybe a nice hat like the Burnaby Hat… It could probably make some very sturdy fingerless mitts as well. Either way, this is not be the last time that I use, and love, Arbor. I highly recommend both Arbor and the High Pines Cowl to anyone looking for a beautiful timeless knit.