Knitting season has arrived!

It is late autumn here in Australia, and in the last few days I have been donning scarves and jackets in the mornings and evenings. I love this time of year as it is the perfect kind of weather to get cozy on the couch with some knitting. This is often a challenge with two cats who don't quite understand the concept of string that's not there for their entertainment.....

I am not much of a knitter. Mostly because knitting projects are too time consuming and I'm quite impatient. I also don't have the skills to fix knitting mistakes and can often be heard throwing tantrums and screaming "No! Nooooooo!!!!!! there's a hole and I can't go back!!" My husband runs in and tries to help (bless) but I usually just pull the work off the needles and rip it apart in fury (much to the amusement of my husband).

Anyway, I have decided to give knitting a go again as I have been inspired by some lovely projects of late.
I have fallen in love with richly coloured and textured cowls and I am determined to have a go at knitting one, even though it involves learning how to use circular needles!

Here are two styles of cowls I have been admiring with links to the downloadable patterns if you would like to have a go too.

This honey cowl is a free pattern by Madeline Tosh. This version was made by Stefanie over at a common thread. her blog is full of gorgeous, classic and vintage style sewing, knitting and fashion ideas. I just love the colour and texture of this one.

Honey cowl in mustard yarn by Stefanie from a common thread

This GAP-tastic Cowl Pattern was designed by Jen Geigley who has a lovely blog called hey jen renee. She also has an Etsy store where you can buy some beautiful chunky scarves. Gorgeous!

GAP- tastic Cowl pattern by Jen Geigley from Ravelry
I have decided to start with the GAP-tastic cowl pattern as the pattern is a little easier and I'm pretty much a beginner when it comes to knitting.

I know some of you reading this are heading into springtime and have probably put your needles away, but if you have any easy knitting patterns to recommend I'd love to hear about them!



  1. what awesome projects to start off with! (and I promise ... after you join your 'circle' on circulars the rest is a piece of cake. both of these cowls are perfect practice.) happy autumn to you!

  2. Cowls are so much fun! I'm working on one with lace-weight malabrigo.... as you can imagine, it's an on-going project with such a small yarn weight. Hopefully it'll be done by the time knitting season rolls around in Canada again.

  3. That purple wool I gave you for christmas would make a great cowl. Not just for socks! Good luck xx


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