Knitting the Anna Cowl Pattern
A note from Kathleen: Big announcement! knit.wear is back! We really missed this beloved part of the Interweave family, and we know you did, too. Everything I loved about knit.wear is here in our “re-premiere”: the classic designs, in-depth tutorials and articles, trend reports, and everything else fashion-forward modern knitters like us enjoy.
One of the sweater designs that really stood out for me is the Katherine Cardigan, with it’s cool latch closures from JUL. The mitered edgings and asymmetrical design make this cardi super chic.
Editor Meghan Babin wants to tell you about a cowl pattern from knit.wear, with which she’s totally obsessed (but in a good way!). Here she is!
My New Obsession
As you can see from my Instagram post I was smitten from the moment the Anna Cowl arrived at Interweave HQ.
I wore it around the office constantly and it was the only sample from the new knit.wear I took to TNNA as an issue preview (separation anxiety). The large, voluptuous, lace cowl pattern can be styled so many different ways and basically serves as an adult version of a security blanket. As the months crept on I had to face a harsh reality: I would eventually have to send the Anna Cowl back to Sarah Wilson, the designer of my beloved new accessory. And rightly so, I know she is as obsessed with this cowl as I am!
The original cowl is shown in Zealana Air Lace, Tuscan Red. I spent several hours poring over the colors on the Zealana site to select the perfect hue in Luxuria Air Lace to go with my monochromatic wardrobe. I decided for once not to use gray and branched out to camel. My enthusiasm was infectious and soon Louisa Demmitt (Instructional Designer and former Knitscene Assistant Editor) and Amy Palmer (former Knitscene Editor) had signed themselves on for an office KAL. True to form, Louisa chose Olive. And surprisingly, Amy chose charcoal (I was really expecting her to go for hot pink).
We all decided the best way to spread the Anna Cowl pattern obsession was to knit it together and blog about our progress. Fort Collins has an endless amount of breweries, restaurants and bars for us to enjoy a bit of knitting with friends. We’ll be blogging on our progress for the months to come and Amy will be sending us updates from her new home in Providence, RI.
Click here to find the retailers of Zealana Yarn if you want to knit the Anna Cowl, too!
For the first time ever we are releasing the single patterns for purchase at the same time as well as the full digital and print versions of knit.wear. You can have your choice of the entire magazine or select patterns you love. You can find the Anna Cowl pattern to download, and I hope you do—it’s a most enjoyable knit!
The simple, reversible lace pattern, and seamless join make this project easy enough to watch a movie as you go and just complicated enough to keep you interested until the last stitch. I’m looking forward to attempting Joni’s Coniglio’s seamless lace grafting technique. In the Deluxe Edition of knit.wear Spring/Summer 2016 you can find the article on how to graft the cowl in pattern.
Stand by for photos of our progress and if you knit the Anna Cowl, please share your photos on Instagram and Facebook. Tag them @interweavecraft, #annacowlKAL, #knitwearmagazine