Covet collection (convolution, embellish, winsome, bonbon, crumple, apropos)

Covet (small warm things to knit and wear) was published in November, 2011. It’s a collection of 6 accessory patterns:  a stunning, super-chunky cowl, a set of basketweave scarves, a super-quick cute pointy hat, striped mittens with extra-long cuffs, a one-of-a-kind welted neckwarmer, and elegant baby-cabled fingerless gloves.

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Convolution braided i-cord cowl

This cowl looks like complicated cables or entrelac, but it’s actually a very simple project—just four simple strands of four-stitch i-cord, braided together. The singleply super chunky yarn shows off the stitches nicely, and the i-cord grows quickly; this project can easily be made in a weekend.

Difficulty: easy
Finished measurements: 51”/130cm circumference by 31/2”/9cm wide
Materials:

  • yarn: 2 skeins Malabrigo Rasta (100% merino wool, 90yds/82.3m, 51/4oz/150g). Shown in 809 Solis. [This project would also work well using Debbie Bliss como]
  • 1 set of US #15-17/10mm-12mm DPN (smaller needles will yield denser i-cords)
  • tapestry needle
  • long stitch holder or 3 to 4mm straight needle
  • stitch markers: 2 each of 4 different types/colours

Embellish basketweave scarves

These two basketweave scarves are worked in slightly different weave patterns for visual appeal. They are knit from gorgeous, soft madelinetosh merino that comes in such beautiful colours it’s almost impossible to choose just two. Knitted-on i-cord edges give the scarves a polished look. Wear them singly under a coat or draped and fastened as a cowl. Or, put two together for a long, interesting scarf that wraps around and around. This project uses Jul Pedestal buttons, which require no buttonholes or commitments. Stick them where ever you please; they add an industrial edge to these otherwise slightly conservative pieces.
Difficulty: easy
Finished measurements: 38”/96cm long by 61/4”/16cm wide
Materials:

  • yarn: Each scarf requires one skein madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK (100% superwash merino wool, 225yds/206m). Shown in Tart (red) and Filigree (gold/green)
  • 1 set US#6/4.5mm straight needles
  • tapestry needle
  • 2 small and 1 medium Jul Pedestal buttons (interesting-looking cuff links would work, too)

Winsome cute pointy hat

This is a fun little hat with a cute pointy top that spirals up into a very short i-cord. It’s made from techno yarn that will keep you warm without weighing you down. Wear it with the brim turned up, or pulled down to keep your ears warm. This is a very quick, uncomplicated project to make. It would be easy to embellish with buttons or felted flowers if you felt the need for something extra.
Difficulty: easy-intermediate
Finished measurements: circumference 21”/53.3cm
Materials

  • yarn: 2 skeins Blue Sky Alpacas techno (68% baby alpaca, 10% extra fine merino, 22% silk; 50g=120yds/109m). Shown in 1975 club grey (colour A) and 1974 smoke (colour B). (One hat uses approximately 90 yds/82 m of yarn).
  • 20” US#8/5.5mm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 1 set US#8/5.5mm DPN or size needed to obtain gauge
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch marker

Bonbon long striped mittens

These striped mittens will brighten even the dreariest winter day. Extra long cuffs will keep your wrists toasty warm even when your sleeves ride up or gusts of wind work their way into your coat. The techno yarn is lightweight but warm and extra-soft. It’s lovely to work with and promises not to pill. Three skeins will easily make a pair of mittens and a hat. The finished mittens are quite stretchy and will fit a variety of adult hand shapes and sizes. Most of the shaping for this quick project is done by changing needle size. For smaller hands and a snugger fit, work the hand using the small needles instead of medium.
Difficulty: easy-intermediate
Finished measurements
arm circumference 81/2”/22cm; wrist circumference 7”/18cm; hand circumference 8”/20cm
cuff length: 7”/17.8cm; length to fingertips 14”/35.6cm
Materials

  • yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas techno (68% baby alpaca, 10% extra fine merino, 22% silk; 50g=120yds/109m). One pair of mittens as written uses approximately 144 yds/131 m yarn.
    •  3-colour stripe pattern uses 1 skein each of 1975 club grey (colour A), 1974 smoke (colour B), and 1979 tonic orange (colour C).
    • 2-colour stripe pattern uses 1 skein each of 1976 cha cha red (colour D) and 1981 posh pink (colour E).
  • 1 set US#6/4.5mm [“small”] DPN or one size smaller than needles used to obtain gauge
  • 1 set US#7/5mm [“medium”] DPN or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 1 set US#8/5.5mm [“large”] DPN or one size larger than needles used to obtain gauge
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch markers
  • scrap yarn for holding thumb sts


Crumple welted neckwarmer

This project is all about letting go and experimenting with textures. Each neckwarmer will be a one-of-a-kind creation! The neckwarmer is worked from the top down, with free-form welts that scrunch up plain stockinette stitch and give it depth and movement. The irregular thickness of the yarn adds to the organic look. Layer it under a jacket for a little extra-stylish warmth.
Difficulty: intermediate
Finished measurements: 19”/48.5cm circumference at top; 7”/18cm in length
Materials

  • yarn: 1 skein Americo Original Winter Flamme (69% superfine Alpaca, 31% wool; 371yds/340m per 100g skein) Shown in colour K221 (dove grey).
  • 1 US#2½/3mm 16” circular needle
  • 1 US#4/3.5mm 16” circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)
  • 2 US#2½/3mm DPNs
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch marker
  • 1 distinctive-looking button in the size of your choice, approx. 1”/2.5cm in diameter

Apropos cabled fingerless gloves

Fingerless gloves are very useful accessories. They keep your hands warm while you work in a chilly office, browse at a used book store or play the saxophone in the park. They are fun to knit because they don’t involve a big commitment of time or yarn, and one size fits most so you can make them for yourself or give them away as gifts and feel confident that they’ll fit the person who’s going to wear them. The allover baby cable-rib pattern provides extra warmth without adding bulk. They’re thin enough to allow unrestricted movement, but still warm enough for a West-Coast winter.
Difficulty: intermediate
Finished measurements: 61/2”/16.5cm wrist circumference, 6”/15cm hand circumference. These gloves are quite
stretchy and will fit up to 9”/23cm circumference comfortably.
81/2”/21cm long
Materials

  • yarn: 2 skeins Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight (100% baby alpaca; 110yds/100 m per 50g skein) Shown in colour 541 (Molasses)
  • 1 set inch US #11/2/2.5mm DPN, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 1 x 3mm needle for binding off
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch markers

 

 

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