Francesca and the Darby Cowl

by Craig on December 9, 2010

Francesca is a new yarn this season from Lana Vida. A luxurious blend of fine merino and baby alpaca, Francesca has a cable construction that gives it crisp stitch definition and a wonderfully soft and cushiony feel.

Lana Vida Francesca yarn

Francesca yarn - coral, taupe, pink, and purple

Francesca’s palette contains soft neutrals and rich, bright colors. The coral and pink are warm and bright, a perfect next to your face. The taupe is a beautiful neutral that will easily fit into your wardrobe. The purple is bold and beautiful.

Lana Vida Francesca yarn

Francesca yarn - light blue, natural, taupe, bright blue

The light blue Francesca is a lovely winter shade and the natural is fresh and crisp. The bright blue is eye-catching and exciting – perfect for a cold winter day!

The Darby Cowl

The Darby Cowl in natural Francesca

Speaking of cold winter days – and we’ve had plenty lately here in Philadelphia – the Darby Cowl is ideal for looking stylish and keeping warm. Made with 2 hanks of Francesca, it has fantastic texture from a simple knit-purl stitch pattern.

The Darby Cowl

The Darby Cowl, doubled for extra warmth

Wear it long indoors when the office gets cold then double it up for extra warmth around your neck when you head outdoors.

Here’s how to knit your own Darby Cowl:


one size, approx 6 inches tall and 40 inch circumference

2 skeins Lana Vida Francesca yarn, shown in natural
32-inch circular needle, size 11, or size to achieve gauge

3.5 stitches per inch in Stockinette st, although gauge is not critical for this project

CO 150 sts. Join in the round being careful not to twist.

Round 1: *K2, P1; repeat from * to end.
Round 2: *K1, P2 ; repeat from * to end.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 6 inches. Bind off loosely in pattern. Weave in ends.


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