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High Pines Cowl: Pattern Review and FO

March 9, 2017
High Pines Cowl by Jared Flood

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.

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Wayfarer Scarf by Brooklyn Tweed: Finished Knit

January 31, 2017

Who says I never finish a knitting project for my husband? (Spoiler alert: It’s The Hubs.) But this time I really did! It’s the Wayfarer Scarf by Jared Flood!

I started this project before we were married on a trip to Nashville. Being the good man that he is, The Hubs understood that if I was to accompany him to all the guitar stores that we say in Nashville, he had better deliver in the yarn store department. The Hubs (or should I say The Almost Hubs?) did not disappoint and we stopped at Haus of Yarn within hours of entering Nashville. He watched as I circled the yarn store once, then twice, then maybe about 5 times. “So this is what it’s like when I take you to yarn stores?” He asked. Pretty much, babe.

To make up for dragging him around the yarn store, I told him to help me pick some yarn and I’d make him something. Okay, maybe I picked the yarn and just let him think he was having a say in things. Within minutes of leaving the store and getting into the car the Wayfarer Scarf pattern was bought and downloaded. I think I waited a full day to cast on, so great was my self control. And that is the story of how his Wayfarer Scarf was conceived.

After we got home from Nashville, I admit that this project languished, but what can I say? I was busy doing important stuff like getting married. It is funny to think that this project took so long, since it is the product one of my favorite yarns and one of my favorite designers. This is also one of the few times that I have knit the pattern in the actual suggested yarn. I’m getting better at that, I promise.

The Wayfarer Scarf combines garter stitch and slipped stitched to create an undulating stitch pattern that resembles a trail or a road.The Pattern: Wayfarer Scarf by Jared Flood

The Yarn: Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed

The Wayfarer Scarf combines garter stitch and slipped stitched to create an undulating stitch pattern that resembles a trail or a road. It’s an excellent unisex scarf pattern with just enough of a stitch pattern to stay interesting, but not so much that it needs constant focus. In short, it’s great road trip knitting. You can easily modify the Wayfarer Scarf to add more length if that is what you prefer, but I knit it according to the pattern.

The Wayfarer Scarf pattern calls for Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter, which I love. The colors of Shelter are amazing, thanks to their dyed in the wool nature. You can find little bits of the other colors in the Shelter line in each skein. The color has incredible depth. Since the Wayfarer Scarf was for The Hubs; he helped me choose the color (after a small fit of “Please don’t make me knit in black. I don’t care if it’s manly. I won’t be able to see the stitches.”). On the surface, its a nice neutral brown. Once you start looking closely, you can see different bits of grays and blues that take the color to another level.

The Wayfarer Scarf combines garter stitch and slipped stitched to create an undulating stitch pattern that resembles a trail or a road.The yarn is light for a worsted, but very lofty. It’s pretty good for stitch definition but not as good as say, Brooklyn Tweed’s Arbor. I will note that this yarn is sheepy. As in, it will smell like wool when you knit it. It will really smell like wool when you block it. I like it, but if sheep smell isn’t something you’re into, I would skip this yarn.

There’s also occasional bits of hay and grass in the yarn every once a while. They don’t really cause any problems, but they’re pretty easy to pick out if that’s what you prefer. The only complaint that I have about this yarn is that it can break pretty easily. Like, usually when I am trying to weave in ends (This has happened to me on two separate projects now.). I just spit spliced the yarn back together (I know. Ew. But what are you gonna do?) and continued working.

As for finishing, the Wayfarer Scarf would benefit from some blocking wires after completion. The slipped stitches cause a bit of pulling and rippling, especially in the middle section where there are a lot of changes in the number of slipped stitches. Blocking wires would help with evening out the edges quite a bit. That said, I don’t own blocking wires (note to self: get on that) and it still turned out just fine.

The Wayfarer Scarf combines garter stitch and slipped stitched to create an undulating stitch pattern that resembles a trail or a road.

Also can we talk about how hot The Hubs looks while wearing it. I mean, I know I’m not supposed to tell other people to check out my husband but damn! Like I said, it works up into a great scarf for men or women. The Hubs is happy with it. He said it was warm and didn’t itch like he thought it would (Thanks, honey!). He wore it all day, even while cleaning out the entry closet and vacuuming, so I think it’s safe to say that he likes it. Major wife points for me!