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Laura Patterson of Fiber Dreams shares the story behind
her Vinterbar cowl..."According to my tech editor the
romance text I first wrote for this pattern needed a “sleek Swedish guy to
give it new life.” That got my brain reeling, but not with anything that is
printable. Whew. Moving on… I’m a life-long book collector. In addition to
piles of books of knitting, fiction, art, counted cross-stitch, needlepoint,
gardening, as well as a fair number of other things, I have always been
attracted to stitch dictionaries, and little books of patterns on a given
theme. All three motifs in this design came from a slim little volume of
Swedish colorwork designs that I’ve had so long that I no longer have a clue
where or when I came across it. Once I had these lovely motifs working
together, I needed a name for my design. I thought that something Swedish
would be appropriate. A dear friend of mine happens to have grown up in
Sweden, so I went to her for inspiration. Without my telling her, she
thought the main motif looked like berries, and so suggested Vinterbär,
which is Swedish for winter berries. Perfect!"
Cowl is worked in the round, features folded hems, and
three different colorwork motifs.
Finished sizes (circumference x height):
25.5 x 8.5", 65 x 21.5 cm
worsted weight; 125 yards MC, and 175 yards CC.
Gauge: 20 stitches and 27 rows = 4" in stitch pattern in
k2tog, two-color knitting in the round, provisional cast on.
1 stitch marker required, smooth waste yarn of same or slightly finer
thickness, in a contrasting color for provisional cast on, yarn needle.