Ravine Cowl KAL

Here in Northern California, we're having a late autumn heat wave, and all I can think about are cozy fall knits. In honor of my wish for colder weather, I'm hosting my first KAL! The Ravine Cowl pattern is free, available for download on Ravelry or you can find the more comprehensive version (with photos!) here on the blog. It's a simple seed stitch cowl, but I've included extra photos and tips for beautiful CO and BO edges using techniques that I found work beautifully with this pattern.

This cowl is written in two sizes: the small size will sit on the neck without wrapping and is perfect for moderate climates (or to add a touch of color to your autumn wardrobe); and the large size is perfect for wrapping around the neck, adding a cozy dollop of winter warmth throughout the cold season. One or two skeins of heavy Aran-weight yarn will do it, depending on yardage and size chosen.

The yarn I designed this cowl for is Hinterland Ravine, an Aran-weight mule-spun dreamy blend made from Canadian wool and Hinterland Farm's alpacas' fiber. It's available for purchase from Tolt Yarn & Wool. If you'd like a more colorful palette to choose from (or would simply prefer 100% wool), Beaverslide's Fisherman Weight 3-ply yarn is a great choice. I currently have two Ravine Cowls in my closet: a small size made with one skein of Beaverslide in Hidden Lake, and a large size knit with Ravine in a warm beige color. These are two of my most reached-for knits once the weather begins to cool, they're so cozy and they go with everything.

The winner for this KAL will be chosen at the end of October 2016 and announced on Halloween. This winner will receive a skein of either Hinterland Ravine or Beaverslide Fisherman 3-ply in the in-stock color of their choice. I'd love it if all KAL participants would take photos of their progress and share them on Instagram, since looking at everyone else's knits is half the KAL fun! If you do post a photo, please use the hashtag "#ravinecowlKAL" so I can see your entry. I don't want to miss out on seeing your cowl in progress!

Happy knitting!


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