Yesterday, my Quadrat Cowl pattern launched at Holla Knits for the Winter Accessories Issue. After seeing the submission call, I din’t have any big “aha” moments for what I wanted to design, or if I even had time to design anything. A few days later I was working on cleaning out my stash, and I came across a skein of Noro that I had purchased, but never had reason to use.
I’ve always loved seeing the color variants with Noro, especially when it’s featured on a backdrop of garter stitch. After playing around with a few ideas, I stumbled upon the mitered square. I knew I wanted to use the subtle striping with the mitered square, but I had to add some sort of color break for the eye, and that’s when I decided to add in the cream border.
The initial swatch that I sent to Allyson at Holla Knits looked a little something like this:
Once I found my design was accepted, it was time to decide some yarn options. While Noro was my first thought, I realized that while the colors are stunning, the yarn isn’t exactly the softest, and if you’re going to be wrapping something around your neck, you’re going to want it to be soft!
I finally settled on Knits Picks Chroma Worsted yarn, which is perfectly soft, and the slightest bit fluffy. I had selected Sandpiper, a pretty mix of blues & greys, but thanks to a little mix up, I was shipped Sandstone, and I’m so glad I was. The green, brown, and grey mix still blends with my wardrobe, but it’s different from what I would normally have selected, so I’m grateful for that little push!
Once I had the yarn, the cowl was complete in a matter of a couple of weeks. If it hadn’t been for work and other life commitments, it could easily have been done in a matter of days!