Meet my newest knitting pattern, the Everley Cowl! This pattern has a special origin for me. When my paternal grandma passed away, I inherited most of her knitting stash and supplies. She was a master craftswoman who knit, quilted and sewed her whole adult life. I didn't get serious about knitting until after she passed away, so being able to use her supplies and give them new life while carrying on the tradition of knitting and making is really special to me. Tucked in amongst the yarn were all kinds of swatches and half-started projects. One of the swatches was this intriguing knit and purl pattern that looked like ribbing. I immediately knew I wanted to hold onto this swatch and look at it later. One day I finally took the time to sit down and undo a few rows to figure out the stitch pattern. It turned out that this mock rib was deceptively simple, and I immediately knew I wanted to use it in a design of my own. That's how the Everley Cowl was born.
Everley is designed as a simple, grab-on-your-way-out-the-door kind of accessory. I knew right away I wanted to offer two different weights to maximize customization. The bulky version uses 1 skein of Brooklyn Tweed Quarry and the worsted weight uses 2 skeins of Quince and Co. Lark. This is the perfect excuse to go stash diving!
I'm totally smitten with the texture created by the knit / purl stitch combinations. It looks impressive but is so simple to create and easy to memorize. I've been grabbing my own cowls the last few days with our cool Wisconsin spring mornings and it's just enough coziness in these transitional days.
I can't wait to see what you knitters make with this pattern! Share your work on Instagram with #everleycowl and #elizabethstreetstudioknits.