Today, knitwear designer Pam Powers shares two of her newest designs using Spud & Chloë yarn. Pam first learned to knit from her grandmother as a young child, but didn’t pick up her needles again til her thirties. Since then, Pam has self-published many patterns, and her recent work has focused mainly on designing accessories. Pam adds a feminine touch to both of the modern pieces featured below; they’re a lovely reminder that spring is just around the corner!
When selecting projects for my book, Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves, I wanted to have a wide range of projects from more complex, lengthy designs to quick knits. And when we’re talking about “fast”, using bulky yarn is the way to go. Spud & Chloë Outer is absolutely my favorite bulky yarn to work with. It’s a super soft blend of wool and organic cotton that comes in beautiful, fun colors.
Sweetheart Cowl and Primrose Ascot are the two designs from my book using Outer. I wanted these bulky designs to still retain femininity to them, with a cozy handmade feel.
Sweetheart Cowl uses a simple, straightforward 8-stitch lace pattern worked in the round. The turned-under picot edging makes sweet scalloped ends, and only two skeins needed to complete this project.
The buttons are from a UK web store, Textilegarden.com, that has fabulous new and vintage buttons and closures. The shape is slightly wider on the bottom end so that the cowl drapes nicely.
Primrose Ascot is the cover design, so what more can I say? Like Sweetheart Cowl, this is another two-skein project with picot edging. The body of the scarf is knit flat and horizontally, and then the two asymmetrical leaves are knit from stitches picked up on both side edges.
There is a pull-through slot, so no need for a bulky tie. The rose is made separately and shaped by working in Stockinette stitch for 3 rows, then working the next row by rotating the knitted fabric 360 degrees, causing a twist that forms the “petals”. I could also see doing this piece with a cluster of 3 smaller roses.