A Shepherd Worsted Honey Cowl for Stacie

by amber on October 13, 2011

A few months ago, my dear friend Stacie asked me if I would knit her “one of those circular scarves”. I immediately said yes because I love her and I love knitting for my friends, AND because she promised me if I did, she would get me and my husband free tickets to a concert we wanted to attend at the Festival Pier. We shook on it!

I wanted to make sure Stacie was getting exactly what she wanted, so I had her come into Loop to pick out the yarn and pattern of her choice. After a few trips around the shop, feeling different yarns and looking at samples, she decided on the Honey Cowl in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in Charcoal. She had been instantly drawn to the stitch pattern of the Honey Cowl and felt the softness and subtle color variation of the Shepherd Worsted was exactly what she had been looking for.

Stacie's Honey Cowl

Stacie's Honey Cowl in progress

I had already knit a Honey Cowl for myself last winter and found it extremely easy and enjoyable to knit. The pattern is created using a simple 4 row repeat and is available in four different sizes. We decided to make the longer version so she could wrap it around twice, maximizing the amount of warmth she’d be able to get from it once the cold weather arrived. I needed 2 skeins of Shepherd Worsted for this size cowl.

Stacie wearing her Honey Cowl

Stacie's Honey Cowl was knit with 2 skeins of Shepherd Worsted yarn.

The pattern calls for a DK or light worsted weight but can be easily adapted for most yarn weights. Shepherd Worsted is a slightly heavier worsted weight, so I just went up one needle size from the recommended and it worked out fine. This yarn was an absolute pleasure knit with! Not only is it extremely soft and luxurious, the ever-so-slight color variation (which comes from the yarn being hand dyed), combined with the honey comb stitch pattern, really gives the final piece some nice depth.

Stacie's Honey Cowl, close up

Honey Cowl's texture and Shepherd Worsted's shading create beautiful depth.

If you’re looking for a great cold weather accessory or a perhaps a holiday gift for a friend or family member, I’d suggest trying out the versatile Honey Cowl. It’s fast and fun to knit and is compatible with any medium weight yarn.

If you’ve never used the Shepherd Worsted before or like the way it knit up for this project, you’re in luck. We just received a new shipment a few weeks ago, so we’ve got a wide range of colors in stock!

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