On New Year's Eve this year, I walked past our little octagon window over our staircase and something caught my eye out it the cold, crisp darkness. There was an object glowing and a few figures gathered around it in the quiet street. I stood and watched as they lit and released a large paper lantern into the still night air. It struck me in its beauty and simplicity, and from that moment, every time I picked up the lace cowl I had been working on, that scene came to mind.
The Paper Lanterns Cowl was inspired by the tradition of making a wish on a floating lantern and sending it downstream or off into the atmosphere. This stitch pattern resembles tiny, candle lit lanterns, carrying your wish off into the universe.
A lace cowl that can be knit with almost any yarn weight.
Simply choose your yarn, choose a length, check your gauge and cast on. The possible combinations are endless and dramatic.
I love the dramatic effects it has in the super bulky Malabrigo Rasta, shown above in red.
It's hard to believe the same stitch pattern and design can yield such different results, but here are two more examples of Paper Lanterns in two other yarn weights.
The amazing blue cowl, in Aran weight and the short loop style, is knit with Madelintosh Tosh Chunky, in their Worn Denim colorway. I know it looks so very vibrant in the photo, but honestly, it is really that gorgeous in real life. It was my first time knitting with the Tosh Chunky, and it really is a lovely yarn. Very soft to wear around your neck.
And finally, the elegant "Mushroom" colored long cowl is knit with another yarn that was new to me. It's from an independent dyer, Luna Grey Fiber Arts, who has a lovely shop on Etsy. This base is called Orion, and it's 100% superwash merino. It's very light, lovely to wear, and lovely to knit with. I will definitely be trying out more of Luna Grey's yarns. Her colors are all so soothing and beautiful. Be sure to take a peek at her shop and keep an eye out for a knit-a-long featuring this cowl pattern and Luna Grey yarn sometime soon....if there is enough interest in it, that is.
Here's one last overview of the cowl and the many ways it can be knit up and worn:
And, just for fun....here is a shot from the end of the shoot! To give credit where credit is really due, I need to give my husband an enormous amount of credit for his photography skills and heaps and heaps of patience. I am NOT a natural in front of the camera, and therefore extremely picky about how I look in photos. He is always so patient with me in my attempt to get the "perfect" shot where I don't hate how I look and the knits are just right. In one sitting, we managed to get all three cowls and re-shoot the Sugar Snow vest that I wasn't completely happy with. Again, he's so patient. Thank you, honey!
Here's that parting shot for you, enjoy, and be sure to check out the cowl, it's a really fun knit. It MUST be, I made three of them!