Friday, December 07, 2012

decibella !

 Meet Decibella, a cowl that makes itself heard.
 It's  a chunky, stylish, reversible cowl in a quick-to-knit variation on Shaker Rib. You can probably make one this weekend-it's that easy. Kind of fun, too.
As I mentioned in my last post,  the muse knocked me upside the head to knit a big orange cowl as a prop, in a stitch that seemingly has no official name,  for a photo shoot. Once we finished photographing, I felt like it had potential, so I went ahead and reworked it and wrote her up, and walla! A published pattern.*
decibella_2_galezucker I'm particularly happy with the applied icord edge. Why have I never fallen in love with this finish before? I watched Kay Gardiner  icord around a very large  Fussy Cut blanket with mindblowing speed and dedication.  It looked spectacular. Now, I get it.
Both the pattern stitch, which uses some K1 below action, and the applied icord are easy to learn, and they elevate the piece to something a little special. Want to try it yourself?
I'm itching to make another Decibella this weekend, too, in a lighter weight yarn- maybe a garden variety bulky or even heavy worsted- and maybe do the icord around both the top and bottom edge. ...or it could be worked as a smaller, closer fitting cowl that stands up around your neck ...or maybe use an ombre for one of the two yarns.....
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* the price is 4. it includes plenty of photos and also, how to do the applied icord. Not that you can't find gazillion video tutorials online to do the same thing, umpteen different ways--but sometimes it's nice to have all the info you need on the same pdf/printed pattern. You may not think of me as someone who writes patterns, and it's true I don't publish frequently.  But after co-authoring two craft/knitting books, I've been to the rodeo and even cleaned up the arena after the broncos. If you know what I mean.

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Anonymous Jan (jcoop on ravelry, twitter) said...

OH goody, goody! I just got it and it's a beautiful pattern! Thanks for making it available, Gale!

6:08 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

It's beautiful Gale!! Congrats on your first pattern.

1:53 AM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...


I love it.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Ellen Mason said...

It's decadent like a rich dessert! YUM.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Mary Lou said...

Love it! And what a lovely model.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Karen Gareis said...

Oh, boy, does this pattern speak to me -- I can actually hear it yelling my name! I especially adore this delicious color combo. Love it, bought it, will be making it this weekend...

Karen from Common Cod

12:00 PM  
Blogger craftivore said...

Yeah baby!! Love it. You picket the perfect color for it too.

11:16 AM  

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