On February 13th I released the Chocolate Hearts Cowl pattern in my Ravelry and Etsy stores. After a month of the pattern being out I finally decided I'd talk a little about the design here.
Last year I designed a Sock Pattern that centered around a heart motif created using a combination of colorwork and a modified folded picot edge. I personally loved the cute little hearts that circle your ankle as you wear the socks. So, naturally I needed to design another pattern using the same technique.
I thought it over and decided I am not ready to design a sweater, a hat wouldn't work with the design construction, and mittens seemed a little too similar to the socks, but for your hands. I eventually landed on making a cowl.
Now, if you look WAY make in my design history you will find a nice little double thick, worsted weight cowl under the name of the Moustache Cowl. It is a nice, quick pattern. However, there is a seam on the inside of the cowl. I have grow quite a bit since I wrote that pattern and learned new techniques which aided in the construction of this new cowl.
The Chocolate Hearts Cowl is a double thick cowl knit like it's predecessor, but knit in DK weight yarn. This cowl is cast-on provisionally and finished with the cast-on stitches and final round grafted together with the kitchener stitch. This creates a seamless, professional looking cowl that YOU made. The delightful heart pattern is created with a picot edge modification and simple stranded color work. Two colors work together to create a reversible cowl. Choose colors with high contrast, so your hearts really pop!
I was so proud of the pattern that I decided to team up with a local to me indie dyer Shelly of Kato Yarn Company. Together, we created two color sets that could be used as a special colorway just for this pattern. The inspiration was chocolate hearts that are typically found in the seasonal aisle of your grocery store leading up to Valentine's Day.
However, Valentine's Day was not my goal for this pattern. My intent was to release the pattern on Galentine's Day! You could order Shelly's lovely yarn for yourself or friend and knit the Chocolate Hearts cowl together while maybe enjoying some real chocolate hearts on the side!
The two colors inspired by chocolate are the cream and brown colorways seen in the photograph above.
Lady Godiva (light white chocolate)
Brownie Batter (dark milk chocolate)
The complimentary colors are the beautiful soft pink and rich red.
If you'd like the colorways go to her shop NOW there are still a few skeins left in stock. While you are there grab a few more skeins, she has beautiful colorways and her yarn is excellent to work with.
I hope you have enjoyed hearing a little bit more into the creation of the Chocolate Hearts Cowl. If you haven't grabbed your own copy head on over to either of my stores through the links above.
Happy Knitting Fiber Friends!
My name is Annissa, owner of MissNissDesigns. I am a knitter, crocheter, sewer, and all around crafty lady.