I thought that in the spirit of Halloween, I would shout out to a pattern I’ve recently tried. This is Jessie at Home’s Dragon Wing Cowl (find it on her blog here or grab it as a PDF from her Ravelry store here). I used some I Love This Yarn; the texture worked really nicely for the dropped stitches, and it’s a pretty soft yarn too.
I know it was pretty early, but I did get started on this one as a Christmas present for my sister-in-law. My classes have been super busy, so I decided to just start working on Christmas presents as soon as I could! This cowl worked really well for lectures (anyone else find they listen better if their hands are occupied?) as the garter stitch required no thought. I did use the optional instructions for more defined points (the acrylic just doesn’t block well enough), and I think if I were to make this again, I might add to the points even more.
When I looked for buttons, I couldn’t find any that quite spoke to me, but I did find this awesome dragon brooch from Metal Gallery. So I tweaked the pattern a little bit. I made it long enough to easily fit over my head (the stretch factor of the yarn and pattern helped a lot with that too), sewed the end in place, and then pinned the brooch in place.
I did end up enjoying the process of the dropped stitch ridges enough that they inspired another gift. Here’s a peek at the hat! Matching infinity scarf coming soon…