New Pattern: Carrock Cowl

My first official design of the year, the Carrock Cowl. While I was designing this and knitting up the sample. I couldn’t help but think of Tolkien. Since The Hobbit movie was releasing at nearly the same time I was working on this, the association was probably planted in my head by my desire to see the movie. The Carrock, in Tolkien Lore, is a stony eyot (small island) in the upper reaches of the River Anduin. The name Carrock was a bit of a joke by Tolkien as the word car in Anglo-Saxon means “rock”.

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The yarn is Malabrigo Rastita, a new DK weight from Malabrigo Yarns. This stuff is quite lovely. It is so soft and lofty. These cables are wonderful. It is a single ply yarn and like it’s “big” sister Rasta, slightly felted. The colorway that I used is Plomo. I think this colorway also played a part in the patterns naming. Rocks may seem boring to some, but I’ve always thought that the tones in different types of rock were very interesting and held a lot of depth. This yarn is the same way. It has so many tones and they just all blend so wonderfully together. Though, this did make it a tad bit difficult to photograph. You can see in my photos that when we changed light, the color changed too!

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I just love the cabled texture. I’ve had this idea for a while and was waiting for the perfect yarn. I think I found it!

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The pattern has written and charted directions. So, if you like one or the other, you are covered. I hope you have enjoyed the look at my newest pattern. It certainly was a joy to knit up!

Do you see that charcoal-ish color sweater underneath the cowl? That’s a new sweater design I am working on! I am absolutely in love with it and I hope you will all like it too. It (and another couple designs I’m working on) actually sparked an idea for another blog post next week on sleeves. I hope you will stop by and check that out too!

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