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And Speaking of Cowls. . .

When Larissa Brown's first book Knitalong came out I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy. The book was beautiful and there were quite a few patterns in it that I wanted to knit. So naturally, I was thrilled when Larissa contacted me to be a part of her second book, My Grandmother's Knitting. I was even more excited when she told me her concept; she was writing a book filled with family stories about crafting and knitting. And she wanted to interview me. About my family. And have me contribute a design. Oh, yes please!

My Grandmother's Knitting Cowl

The family I was lucky enough to be raised in had such and enormous impact on my creative life that this book is a treasure to me. When I first got my hands on a copy I savored it. Reading a few chapters each night.

The Redinger Girls
My grandmother Anna and great aunts, Dorothy, Mary & Teresa.

There are stories from all of our favorite designers. Among them are Teva Durham, Meg Swanson, Pam Allen, Kay Gardiner, Anne Hanson, Norah Gaughan, Ysolda Teague, Jared Flood - I am humbled to even be included in this book.

Simple Cowl V 2 Vert

Each designer also contributed a pattern to the book. Larissa asked me to create an easy pattern that a brand new knitter could take on. As anyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows, I love to work with color, so I suggested a simple two color cowl - The Crayon Cowls.

Simple Cowl V 1

I created two variations on the pattern - one very simple stockinette broken up by a purl ridge, and one for a more adventurous beginner with eyelets thrown in. Both have buttons for added interest. The simple stitch patterns lend themselves very well to experimentation with yarns, so even the more experienced knitter will enjoy knitting these patterns.
  Crayon Cowl 5
When I got my copy of the book, it occured to me how well this pattern would work for some of my precious hand-spun yarn stash. I pulled out two skeins of hand-spun, each with a healthy cashmere content, that I'd been hoarding for a special project - and set to work. The knitting on this cowl is very, very quick. It is easily adapted to a longer cowl if you want something you can loop around several times.

Dorothy Knitting

My Aunt Dorothy knitting.

The book contains much more challenging projects too. Among them are a gorgeous cabled pillow from Chrissy Gardiner, the spectacular colorwork sweater seen on the cover by Kristin Spurkland (oh how I wish I could drop everything and knit that sweater) and a pair of Cookie A's intricately patterned socks.

Crayon Cowl & Book

If you want to see all of the gorgeous patterns in this book and find out more about the individual patterns, check out the pattern pages on Ravelry. Then go out and buy yourself a copy of the book, brew a cup of tea, and imerse yourself in the stories of inspiring, creative families.

*All of the photos in this post are my own, or my old family photos. To see the photos in the book follow the link above to the pattern pages on Ravelry.


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Love them, and the name "Crayon" cowls is too cute.

I actually reviewed that book on theknitgirllls this week and commented that I thought your pattern would look fabulous in handspun! I adore both the concept of book and all of the lovely patterns included. Thank you for another fabulous pattern!

I just got a review copy from my friend at STC and it's a beautiful book. I loved your story. Now, you have been eyeing my handspun yarns. What a great idea.

What a gift to be from a long line of creative spirits. Thank you for sharing your talent with us! I'm so excited to see this book.


Oh gosh, I love that cowl. And the book sounds like the perfect indulgence. I can't wait to check out it. Congratulations on another pattern!

Nice cowl!
I really have to check out that book!!

Love it!! What amazing photos too! off to check out the book preview :-)

Just discovered your blog, and it has warmed the cockles of my heart with this story! What an honour to be asked to be part of this gorgeous project - it's what this craft is all about: all the memories and thoughts in each stitch, and all the skills that have been handed down through generations. The cowls are beautiful by the way. Katie. xxx

Love the colors in those cowls. Your children inform your color choices right along my favorite lines!

I want the book! I love the cowls. So pretty.

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