Pattern Spotlight: It’s Fall Ya’ll Poncho Cowl by Lois Weaver

or as a dramatic cowl as seen on the first photo.

My name is Lois Weaver and I love weaving. The past several years, I have shifted from weaving fabric on large floor looms and designing garments to sell, to encouraging knitters and crocheters to learn to weave using small looms. And little looms are perfect for using yarn you can find at your local yarn store.

I now design and publish patterns for garments that can be easily woven on these small looms and are a perfect next step for new weavers who are bored with weaving simple scarves and rectangles and ready for more of a challenge.

When I first met the Anzula team at last year’s, TNNA, I was delighted to see that they also included woven samples in their booth. And I knew I wanted to create something with their wonderful yarn.

The yarn I chose was the Cricket yarn, a blend of 80% merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon in a DK weight. This yarn is perfect for weaving; not too stretchy, with lots of strength for tensioning on the loom and the woven fabric is oh so soft!

I love the Dark Matter yarn with it’s splashes of color in golds, browns, greens and rust that reminded me of fall and fall is my favorite season. I used it for the warp

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To coordinate with the Dark Matter, I chose the Saffron colorway to weave across in the weft. I mixed it up a bit, by adding an asymmetric stripe with the Saffron in the warp and wove a weft stripe with the Dark Matter.

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Since variety is always a priority, I designed this piece to be worn several ways;

as a traditional poncho,

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thrown off to the side or even off the shoulder,

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or as a dramatic cowl!

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It’s the perfect little piece for fall; not too heavy but warm on the shoulders when that autumn nip is in the air. So now that “It’s Fall, Ya’ll”, it’s the perfect time for a weaving project with this great yarn!

You can find the It’s Fall, Ya’ll pattern in my Etsy Shop.

Stay up to date on all things Lois:

Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ZoZoFiberArts

Website: https://www.zozofiberarts.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zozofiberarts

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zozofiberarts




Supporting our Yarn Friends in North Carolina

Now through October 15th 100% of funds we receive from ravelry sales of our Camille Scarf pattern will be donated to two of our yarn friends who lost nearly everything in the storms in North Carolina.

Mary Beth Temple lost her home and nearly everything she owns. We want to help Mary Beth get back to normal as quickly as possible. You can also purchase any patterns from Mary Beth’s ravelry shop as a way to support her financially.

Peggy, owner of The Salty Sheep, lost both her home and her yarn shop. She and her family are working hard to get up and running again. She has already found a new location for the shop, that’s how determined she is to rebuild.

The best way to help is to provide financial support so the receivers are completely free to get the things they need most in each moment. Thank you for for joining us in support of these awesome people.

Camille Scarf is designed to use one skein of Anzula Cricket or Lucero and is shown here in our Veiled Alice colorway. You can use 250 yards of any DK yarn to make this pattern.

It’s also very easy to modify for other yarn weights. Using 2 skeins of For Better or Worsted, or another worsted weight yarn, will make a larger scarf. If you have lighter yarn, like a fingering or sport, you can cast on extra stitches in multiples of 4 to make it the width you like and then knit until you like the length or almost run out, just leave enough to bind off!

You can purchase the Camille Scarf and help wonderful yarn-y people here - https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/camille-scarf-2

You can find our Veiled Alice colorway in these shops:

The Knitted Purl - Oyster Bay, NY
Knit One Purl Two - Rockford, IL
The Stitch Niche - Lexington, KY
Knitique - Elk Grove, CA
The Nifty Knitter - Issaquah, MI
Avenue Yarns - Berkley, CA
Spun - Ann Arbor, MI
The Yarn Queens - Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand

Pattern Spotlight: Dance of the Hours by Sara Burch

I was super excited when I heard about Anzula’s new 100% cashmere yarn, Serenity, and almost
immediately started thinking of ways to use it. When I really sat down to design this pattern, I came up with a list of different things I wanted it to have. I wanted the pattern to feature a few different techniques to keep things interesting. I wanted it to have two colors, but to not be all-over colorwork or stripes. I wanted it to use the yardage of a cowl, but look like a shawl when worn. And thus, Dance of the Hours was born.

This cowl starts off just like a top-down triangle-shaped shawl, in garter stitch, and features simple cabling of slipped stitches to get the subtle texture in the first section. Serenity is slightly fuzzy, which makes it so incredibly soft, but the stitch definition is still gorgeous and shows off texture well.

Once it’s joined in the round, this cowl features one of my favorite techniques: two-color slipped-stitch cabling. The delicate cables dance their way across the purled background, the two colors intertwining as one takes over from the other. Although it looks complex, the technique is actually really simple since you are only working with one color at a time. I’ve used it many times in other patterns, and it worked perfectly here as a way to transition from one color to the other. I often use this technique on a garter stitch background, but here I chose to purl the background, which allowed me to change colors every row and keep the colorwork section more compact.

I decided to finish the cowl off with a lace border. If you know my patterns you know I don’t do a lot of lace, but for this pattern I wanted to have the strands from the cables continue into a lace section. The lace here is both somewhat architectural but also almost reminiscent of leaves, an Art Nouveau inspired combination that shows up in some of my other work.

The end result is a deliciously soft cowl that is wonderful to wear and easy to style. And you get the joy of chosing two colors to play with from Anzula’s lovely offerings; I decided I wanted to go with a blue and grey, which is nice and neutral and would go with nearly anything I wear. This pattern would also work fabulously with bright colorways for a pop of color.

Dance of the Hours can be found on Ravelry.

You can find Serenity at these shops:
McKnittey.com - Online only
Amazing Threads - Maple Grove, MN
Bliss Yarns - Brentwood, TN
Knit One Purl Two - Rockford, IL
Knitting Store - Oceanside, NY
Knitting to Know Ewe - Newton, PA
Needle Tree - Greenville, SC
Spun - Ann Arbor, MI
Woolly & Co - Birmingham, IL and online
Yarn Garden - Charlotte, MI

We have more Serenity in the dye pots for Loops and Yarn Kandy, and more shops so check back for updates.

As always, you can place a special order at your local Anzula shop for any of our yarns, we will dye it just for you and send it to your LYS.

Stay up to date on all things Sara Burch:

Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/sara-huntington-burch

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dinosaraknits

Website: http://dinosaraknits.saraburch.com