Crochet Cowl – Version 2

As I had such good feedback via Instagram and Facebook to my brown and blue cowl, I wanted to make another version of it, but simplifying the number of yarns used.

For this version of the Crochet Cowl, I used Rustic 8 ply (100% wool, shade 985 Sienna) from Bendigo Woollen Mills and Silky Merino DK 8 ply (90% wool/10% silk, shade 0111 Brick) from Adorn Yarns (available at The Wool Baa). I really like the combination of tweed being matt with small flecks and the wool/silk blend being shiny. These colours sit really well together.

I still have a few cms to go before it is finished, but it’s a great project to travel with and it stays interesting as every few rows the stitch changes. Probably a good second project for someone who has just started to crochet. There is enough stitches to practice and perfect as you go across each row with enough variation to not get bored.

Crochet Cowl

Inspiring Designers – Liz Clark

I’ve recently taken to YouTube to look up tutorials in all manner of artistic pursuits and that led me to looking at what videos exist that talk about design, namely textile and knitwear design.

YouTube being what it is, you start with a few keywords and then fall into a rabbit hole of related content and it was through this that I found the following video.

It shows the studio and work of Liz Clark who is a knitwear designer and printmaker. It’s inspiring as she has a beautiful studio filled with light, but it shows her knitting by hand, machine knitting and printmaking. I love that she can move effortlessly between these different mediums (and that she acknowledges just how different the knit machine is to hand knitting).

I will keep an eye out for more examples of her work. Whilst I couldn’t find her website, I did find a link to where she exhibits and sells her work – Verandah

Look Up!

As I was rushing through the city, last week, I looked up and noticed this building on Collins Street (Melbourne, Australia). The contrast of the old building (Olderfleet Building) and the modern building behind, as well as the way the afternoon light was hitting the building, was truly magical. Reminds me of the architecture of “Its A Small World” at Disneyland.

Olderfleet Building

Crochet Cowl

I have just finished up at a job, so was looking for a small project that would get my design juices flowing and also be relaxing and therapeutic. I went through my yarn stash (three plastic tubs worth) and found I had leftovers from my previous university projects that were small amounts – not enough to make anything with but together they could make a small accessory. So this cowl was the perfect way to use up these leftovers.

Going row by row (I worked flat and then seamed), I used a combination of hand dyed and purchased yarns – Shepherd Colour 4 Me 8ply (rust and indigo), Patons Dreamtime 8ply (indigo), Adorn Silky Merino DK (140 Denim) and Grignasco Tango (204 Chocolate). I kept the stitches simple to let the yarn do the talking.

This piece is all about the texture and letting the blue break up the brown without either colour dominating. I now need to give it a hand wash and block to allow the stitches to settle. Then I can start to wear it!

Crochet Cowl

Crochet Cowl

Crochet Cowl