Kelly's Sparkly Starshower
I have to admit, I typically don't go for sparkly yarns, but Nebula's gorgeous understated fiber is irresistible! The subtle ombré gradation interspersed with a light sheen and just a hint of sparkle... I knew it would knit up into something lovely and I just couldn't resist! It has such a nice drape and I knew it was the perfect match for the relaxed, graceful Starshower pattern. I could imagine wearing this on a night out on the town, to a Spring wedding, even just relaxing on a patio enjoying the evening breeze.
Pattern: Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis
Yarn: Anzula Nebula in Storm
The pattern employs quite an interesting construction method. It begins with a garter tab, continues back and forth and as if it were a shawl, and then joins into a longer cowl knitted in the round. It was an interesting approach to circular knitting that helped combat the sometimes awkward bagginess that typically accompanies standard cowl patterns. Impressive ingenuity!
The lace pattern repeats were easy to memorize and really showcased the color variances in such an elegant way.
The pattern is divided into sections, and therefore could easily be manipulated to create a wider or longer cowl if desired. It is technically a "one size fits all" pattern but if you want to wear the cowl down over the shoulders, I would suggest trying it on throughout the process, and adjust your stitch count accordingly by adding increases. It is a bit snug on me, but I had quite a bit of yarn leftover so one skein should be plenty to accommodate any additional changes you might want to make.
I'm so thrilled to have found a gorgeous breezy knit to welcome the warmer Spring months. We have so many incredible silks, linens, and cotton yarns at the shop... no need to pack up your needles just because it's heating up outside!