I love knitting with simple textures that combine in a way that looks complexly elegant. I hate how most of the patterns that have these features have me flipping between pages, remembering which row of which chart I am on, and usually end up with a graft that isn’t in pattern and looks out of place.
That is why I love the featured stitch patterns in my newest cowl design, Terra Firma. It combines textures (seed stitch and garter for simplicity) and uncomplicated lace (for some interest) into an elegant and natural pattern. And it’s grafted in pattern so you don’t have a distracting line through the middle of your work that makes you self-conscious of how you wear it.
The cowl is provisionally cast on, knit flat with the icord border as you go, and grafted, and each texture is its own 20 row repeat, so there’s no need to remember if you are on Row 12 of one chart and Row 18 of another.
This cowl was designed with Shalimar Breathless yarn, a delightful blend of merino, cashmere, and silk, which makes this cowl as much a pleasure to knit as it is to wear. The yarn has a beautiful and easy drape, giving a classic elegance to the textures. I recommend using a yarn that is solid or semisolid / tonal to really show off the pattern textures.
If you’re new to lace, this is a great pattern to give your fingers practice. There are lots of places to practice simple increase and decrease techniques like YO, K2Tog, and SSK, and less common increases like making one purlwise and decreasing two stitches with a sl1, k2tog, psso. Since the pattern is repeated, you don’t have to worry about any new stitch surprises after the first 20 rows.
More experienced knitters who enjoy stitch patterns that keep your interest because they are breaking up the monotony of stockinette or garter will find this to be a stimulating project. Simple enough to knit while watching Netflix, but engaging enough to keep you knitting one more row, the pattern is easy to pick up and knit for a few rows or take on the go.
Mirror knitters will be thrilled to find there is a special mirror knit version of the pattern just for you. No more transposing increases and decreases or cables, or ending up with a mirrored end result. You can knit from the included mirror knitting instructions and have the same experience and finished item as a traditional knitter and avoid the hassle of having to remember what you have to reverse and what you can knit as written.
Needles: US size 6 (4 mm) 14” (36cm) Straight Needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
Yarn Used: Shalimar Yarns Breathless | Fingering / 4 ply | 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere goat, 10% Silk | 420 yards (384 meters) / 4 oz (115 grams) | Loden Colorway
Sizes: Short, Medium, Long
Short – 284 yards (260 meters) – 320 yards (293 meters)
Medium – 360 yards (330 meters) – 440 yards (402 meters)
Long – 480 yards (439 meters) – 560 yards (512 meters)
You can get the pattern in my Ravelry Shop today.
Hello, Fellow Knitventurers!
It has been a busy week here at daisy chain knits. I’m excited to bring you some news and reconnect with you!
Terra Firma Update
The Terra Firma Cowl is in the process of being test knit, and the test knit completes on Saturday. This process has been incredibly instrumental in making sure that you get the BEST knitting experience you can from this pattern. There have been six edits so far including a complete reformatting of the charts to make it easier for you to use. A huge thank you to my test knitters – Brigit, Emette, Heidi, and Roberta for your dedication to getting this pattern turned around so quickly.
I am so excited to be able to release this pattern to you next week! If you haven’t already, consider signing up for the Knitventure Society newsletter so you can take advantage of the guild’s exclusive coupon code that will be sent out the day the pattern is released. The pattern will also be on sale once it is listed on Ravelry, but guild members get a better discount as a thank you for supporting daisy chain knits. You can sign up for the Knitventure Society email newsletter and the Facebook group by clicking here.
Introducing the Knitventure Society Facebook Group
Escape the everyday knitting routine by embarking on a quest to explore your knitting potential. Savor the journey along the way while creating beautiful knits that capture memories in their stitches. This is the newest benefit of signing up for the Knitventure Society. The society was set up as a way to build a community of people like you to share their journey in an encouraging environment. Calibrate your goals, set off on the path to reaching your highest knitting potential, celebrate your triumphs, and let the guild support you when you get caught up or overwhelmed. Daily prompts in the group help remind you to set your goals, progress check, share your wins and your wares, and remind you to savor the journey. You can sign up for the Knitventure Society email newsletter and the Facebook group by clicking here.
Wondering what’s in the newsletter? Here’s what you can expect from your Knitventure Society Newsletters:
- I’ll tell a story or two about my knitting past, daily knitting life, or something amusing that happened while I was trying to make yarn and design magic happen
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- You’ll get a behind the scenes, off-the-beaten trail view into the new knitventures I’m mapping out for your escape from the everyday into knitting freedom.
- You’ll be the first to know about new pattern releases, new quests that are coming your way, and new knitventure-worthy knitalongs.
- I’ll drop some treasure every now and then so you can share in new opportunities and possibilities. Coupon codes, anyone? I take care of the society with surprises every now and then, to show my gratitude for your support.
I enrolled in a program from Jennifer Kem called Master Brand. I have some experience with Jen – having participated in the Brand Story Challenge, and taken her Launch Leader class. Master Brand is a program for small businesses to get seen, get heard, and get paid. I am doing the homework and it is wonderfully exhausting. The lightbulbs are going on like crazy in my brain and I am so excited to share with you what is coming for daisy chain knits over the coming months.
More importantly for daisy chain knits – it is helping me find my tribe! My brand personality is the Explorer – and you’ll see and feel that on my website, in the group, and in the patterns I create. I want to help knitters escape from the dullness of everyday knitting and find the freeing path to knitting projects that they want to knit and enjoy the process of knitting them. My hope is that the encouragement and support of well-written patterns and resources will help you find the courage to take the next step in your knitting and enjoy the empowerment that leveling up your knitting skills offers.
And most importantly – it is helping me tailor my offerings to meet your desires and needs!
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Happy October, you Knitventurers, you!
Autumn is my favorite time of year. There is nothing like the sound of leaves scattering over pavement, the trees showing the colorful beauty of letting go, and the crisp, clear air. It is the season that most inspires me, but I think I’m really a child of the forest at heart, so that only makes sense.
You may have noticed the website’s new look. I am very excited to share the beginnings of the daisy chain knits’ brand revamp with you. There has been a lot going on behind the scenes, including a complete rework of all of the existing free patterns into Ravelry-friendly PDFs so everyone can keep their patterns in the comfort of their Ravelry library. The old patterns have all either been or are in the process of being test knit, and suggestions have been incorporated to make them even better for knitting than they were before.
Speaking of test knits – if you are interested in test knitting opportunities, please sign up for our test knitting clan email list. In addition to being the first to know of new test knitting opportunities, and being given priority in testing selection, you’ll be sent an informational sheet of 10 Ways to be an AWESOME Test Knitter a day after you sign up.
I have been feverishly working on daisy chain knits’ new collection based on the enchantment of the different forest layers. I am one repeat away from finishing the sample for Terra Firma – a provisionally cast on, knit flat and grafted cowl, showcasing the beauty of elements that fall to the forest floor. With leaves, twisted stitches, pine cone and mossy elements, this cowl is perfect for the nature lover in your life. It has an elegant drape and classy flair. Here’s a sneak peek of my progress.
I have a bit of grafting experimentation ahead of me, because my goal is to have the grafting be similar to the textures in pattern. Once the sample is finished, it’s off to tech editing this week, and I’m onto my next pattern in the collection. Test knitting will be happening soon, so don’t forget to sign up for the test knitting list. Click here to go to the test knitters’ page for more information.
Thanks for checking in on what’s happening here at daisy chain knits, and I look forward to having more to share with you soon.
Knit on, Knitventurers!