Monday, December 05, 2011

Pattern Release: Deephaven Cowl and Rockywold Mitts

I'm excited to share two new designs with you today. They're matching patterns that have a stitch pattern in common, and they're available both individually and as a set called Morning at Squam Lake. Find them on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

First up, Deephaven:

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Pattern: Deephaven by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Quince & Co. Lark in the Chanterelle colorway
Needles: US 7/4.5 mm

Deephaven is an infinity cowl that's knit flat and seamed after blocking. It measures about 8.5 inches/22 cm wide by 52 inches/132 cm long. I've listed the yardage requirement as 500 yards, but mine used a bit less than that—about 480 yards.

It's a versatile piece that can be worn many different ways:

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If you've never knit cables before, this is a good pattern to start with, because the cabling is done on only two of the stitch pattern's eight rows. The stitch pattern is given in both written form and a chart.

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Next up, Rockywold:

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Pattern: Rockywold by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Quince & Co. Tern in the Driftwood colorway
Needles: US 2/3.00m dpns or long circular for Magic Loop

A textured stitch pattern takes center stage in these unisex fingerless mitts knit in fingering weight yarn. The pattern gives directions for two sizes, S and M/L. You can easily expand the size range to an XS by using light fingering weight yarn and a smaller needle size, or to an XL by using sportweight or DK weight yarn and a larger needle size. The stitch pattern is provided in a chart and in written form.

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Rockywold and Deephaven are named after the Rockywold-Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake in New Hampshire, where knitters and other crafters gather for the Squam Art Workshops in spring and fall. Mornings can be chilly at Squam Lake, which means breakfast in the dining hall is a veritable fashion show of scarves, cowls, mitts, hats, shawls, and sweaters. When I went to Squam last spring, I wasn’t really prepared for the cool mornings—but I will be next time I go!

Many thanks to Katherine for her expert tech editing, and to Betsey for modeling the mitts. And a shout-out also to Elizabeth, the mastermind behind Squam Art Workshops, and all the fantastic teachers there, as well as my cabin mates in Everest. I had a great time at Squam and can't wait to go back next year.

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4 comments:

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the great memories and pictures of Squam....can't wait to be back next year. I'm sure wishing I were a knitter; that cowl is beautiful!

Jennyff said...

Gorgeous patterns and I love the colours you used.

Diana said...

Just beautiful! I love the cabling on the cowl. My father and stepmother love vacationing at Squam Lake, so having a set of knitwear with that name will be a special gift for my stepmom.

KnitNana said...

Oh, they're lovely!