Happy Monday!  We’re having a beautiful fall day here in my neck of the woods.  I spent the entire weekend at Haddon Woods, knitting a cowl fit for a princess.

That’s my Ruff-Ruffles cowl.  Somehow, Sis knew it was hers from the jump.  Even though it was a pleasant 70-something degrees outside yesterday, Sissy wore her new “necklace” with pride, and even got cranky when I removed it and put it on Gretchie.

I dont think I should be wearing this...

I don't think I should be wearing this...

Pattern:  Ruffles Cowl.   I followed the pattern to the letter, but clearly, I have more ruffles than the one shown with the pattern.   I had a grand total of 672 stitches to bind off, and since there were a lot of yarn overs (every other stitch!), I opted to practice my new knit backwards picot bind off, since a picot bind off was recommended. 

Off the needles, un-folded shot

Off the needles, un-folded shot

I did use Version 2, to give Sis a little more length in the ribbed section, as she won’t wear coats in the winter, but will wear a cowl.  Given the yardage range the designer gives and the VERY ruffled look of my cowl, I think the last K1, YO repeat will take you closer to 240-250 yards of yarn.

Most accurate color shot on *THIS* monitor...

Most accurate color shot on *THIS* monitor...

Yarn:  I can’t say enough about Sissy’s yarn.  Jessi really captured the colors perfectly, and it knitted up perfectly.   In case you haven’t read my blog in the past month, this is Springvalley Yarn’s Haddon Wood’s Princess of Joy colorway, in a DK weight.  A portion of the profits for the sale of this and the Gretchen colorway goes to the ASPCA.

Needles:  My Knitpick Options, metal tip, size #8, 24″ cord.  It was literally all I could do to fit those 600++ stitches on this cord, yet it was WAY too long for the stockinette section.  Why doesn’t KPO offer a shorter cord?  (And no, I don’t care to buy the fixed in a shorter length.  Come on Hiya Hiya interchangeables! )

See the wet hair on Gretchen's head? Sis wanted her cowl back!

Verdict:  Without the cowl in my hands, I can’t count rows and figure out whether I screwed up or whether version 2 just doesn’t have a photo on the pattern page.  Either way, I’m delighted with the final results.  Jessi and Sissy are happy too, so it’s a VERY successful knit, regardless!

***ETA! – I must note that the delightful, responsive designer has changed the pattern to note that 250 yards is recommended…  Since Sis adores her Ruff-Ruffle, I’m apt to make another for her.

Never fear, Gretchie fans.  Her dress is underway, and I’ll be buying “jewels” for the neckline today.  Look for her in her Springvalley-Haddon Woods designer frock later this week, along with a Colonnade FO report once that is blocked.  However, since several of you are knitting Colonnades, please see my project notes or Yarndemon’s for an error in the originally released version of the  pattern…  The designer is aware of it, so I’m sure a correction will show up soon.

16 comments on “Ruff-Ruffles

  1. gaylen says:

    Love the cowl. Love that Sissy didn’t want Gretchy getting it dirty 🙂 Have you figured out your contest yet? g

  2. I love that Sissy didn’t want little sis to wear HER fancy neck thingy! Have a great week. We might even see some Fall here!!

  3. Marjie says:

    Sissy is clearly pleased with her cowl, and just knew Gretchen shouldn’t even try it on. Even Gretchen knew this was wrong. These are so cute and girly!

  4. Dianne says:

    Ooooooo, I love it!

  5. AlisonH says:

    It brings out their personalities.

  6. Cathy says:

    ooo lala ! tres jolie!

  7. Sue says:

    I love it. I need to do some in Christmas colors for a holiday picture. Love the worried look on Gretchen’s face. She knew it wasn’t hers and that Sis wanted it back.

  8. Bubblesknits says:

    LOL Gretchen *does* look worried. “Mama, she really, really wants it back…Mama?!” lol Love the pictures and I’m glad you liked the yarn. 🙂

  9. km says:

    LOVE the cowl. Love the yarn. Perfect together for a FO.

  10. Toni Gomez says:

    Absolutely fabulous work. You have outstanding models too!!!!!

  11. Bridget says:

    This is great – especially how Gretchen looks kinda worried about wearing the cowl …

    Wow – you already finished Colonnade? I was still thinking about whether or not to do it, so I can’t wait to see yours.

  12. Tobi says:

    Those are the cutest ruffles and the girls look so pretty in them!

  13. Nichole says:

    LOVE it!!!!!!!!! Sis sure does rock it well too!

  14. Dawn says:

    Love it!! They look so pretty in ruffles. They don’t try to get it off? Mine would!:)

  15. anita says:

    Too cute!! Both girls! That’s funny that Sissy was worried when Gretchie had her cowl on. 🙂

  16. Miss Me says:

    i love the confused look on gretchen’s face and the look that asks “why am i wearing PURPLE?”

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