In case you didn't already notice, I've been skipping around a bit with my designs using yarns I received in the Tristan and Isolde Yarn Club from Round Table Yarns. It was my original plan to follow in the same order, but I should have known that I wouldn't be able to resist certain yarns! Creativity will NOT be bound by even the loosest of rules!
And so, may I present to you the LAST chapter design from the story of Tristan and Isolde. The Rose of Ireland and the Briar of Cornwall, Together at the Last. Forever. *sigh* It is the very embodiment of tragic love!
I knew just as soon as I saw this gorgeously variegated yarn that I was going to write up this pattern using it. And it was SO wonderful to work with. Tristan is a bouncy, squishy, soft 100% Merino (superwash!) sport weight yarn that gives really nice stitch definition, even with darker yarns like you see here. I paired Together at the Last with Black Knight for the edging and can we just take a moment for these buttons??
Y'all. I could not have found more perfect buttons for this piece! The antiqued silver roses are, of course, exactly what was needed and that awesomely pink P - O - P of color I found for the contrasting buttons on the inside? Wow! I absolutely love it. I'm going to have a really hard time letting go of this one!
It's a good thing I want to make another one, ha ha. And that it's almost effortless to make! The design lends itself beautifully to endless different yarns and colors and even different styles with the addition of buttons to make it your own. The mitered edge is made with a complementary yarn using post stitches to mimic ribbing, which adds a unique finished edge along the bottom edge while the top edge blends easily into the body of the cowl as it drapes across your shoulders. It's SO easy to wear this one!
Here's another look at the hank of yarn fresh out of the yarn club delivery bag! Karen did such an amazing job dyeing this one - I don't know if she'll be offering it as a new color or not, but it's a stunner!
The pattern itself includes written directions with stitch counts as well as a color-coded chart that illustrates stitch placement for the edging. Well, and the body, too, but the linen stitch is so simple it doesn't really require a chart! I've also included a bit of photo support for the first row of the edging.
One of the most exciting things about this pattern is that it's perfect for color pooling, too! In fact, it's essentially the same pattern that I used for my Tarn Wathelene Cowl. I talk a little bit more about color pooling in the pattern, but I'm telling you, if you like the technique but you've been looking for something to make besides a scarf, then this might be the pattern for you! I foresee many more cowls like this one in my future. I mean, have you seen all the amazing self-striping yarns that Karen already has? And she's adding even more this year!! So exciting.
I will definitely be making more of these.
And if you're ready to make your OWN version, then head on over to Ravelry, because the Briar Rose Cowl Pattern is waiting for you! Take 10% off for a limited time only with coupon code TOGETHER4EVER. I can't wait to see what you make. :)