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Sledding Cowl

March 2016: Free cowl pattern updated to include both worsted weight and bulky yarn!


The Sledding Cowl modeled in worsted weight by Amy Lou of Craftwork Somerville
The Sledding Cowl modeled in worsted weight by Amy Lou of Craftwork Somerville




My first design from 2010 made it to my new website at last. I created this pattern to wear while dog sledding on a winter trip to Quebec. My experience with winter sports has taught me not to wear scarves skiing or sledding, cuz you never know what might grab an end and a) make you lose your scarf or b) strangle you.

Trust me, a cowl is the way to go.

Sledding Cowl

Click here for the free Sledding Cowl PDF



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2013 January 20 CSO Family Concert

2013 January 20 CSO Family Concert

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra
Family Concert, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

program includes:

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten

Violin Concerto in D major by Piotr Tchaikovsky

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas




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Violin Chin Rest Cozy

free knitting pattern for a violin chin rest cozy


Knit yourself a cozy for your violin’s chin rest. The sample cozy fits snugly on a standard full size violin chin rest.

YARN: Leftover sock yarn, <50 yards, i.e. this sample was done with Knit Picks Stroll in black.
NEEDLES: Size 2, double pointed (DPN) for knitting in the round.

  • Row 1:  K12 across the first needle; K12 across the second needle. It’s tight here, but a third needle is added in the next row.
  • Row 2:  K1, Kfb, K4, using a third DPN for ease: K5, Kfb; K1, Kfb, K9, Kfb;
  • Row 3:  K14; K14;
  • Row 4:  K1, Kfb, K11, Kfb; K1, Kfb, K11, Kfb;
  • Row 5:  K16; K16;
  • Row 6:  K1, Kfb, K13, Kfb; K1, Kfb, K13, Kfb;
  • Row 7:  K18; K18;
  • Row 8:  K1, Kfb, K15, Kfb; K1, Kfb, K15, Kfb;
  • Row 9:  K20; K20;
  • Row 10:  (K1, Kfb, K17, Kfb) x 2
  • Rows 11-13:  K22; K22;
  • Row 14:  K1, SSK, K19; K20, K2tog;
  • Row 15:  K21; K21;
  • Row 16:  K1, SSK, K18; K19, K2tog;
  • Row 17:  K20; (K1, P1) x 10;
  • Row 18:  K1, SSK, K17; (K1, P1) x 9, K2tog;
  • Row 19:  K19; (K1, P1) x 9, K1;
  • Row 20:  K1, SSK, K16; (K1, P1) x 3, BO8, P1, K1, K2tog;
  • now work back and forth
  • Row 21:  K18; (K1, P1) x 2, K1, Sl1;  turn
  • Row 22:  (K1, P1) x 2, K2tog, P1, P2tog, P12, P2tog, P1, P1, P2tog, Sl1; turn
  • Row 23:  K21, P1, K1, Sl1; turn
  • Row 24:  K1, P1, K1, P2tog, P1, P2tog, P11, P2tog, P2, Sl1; turn
  • Row 25:  K20, Sl1; turn
  • Row 26:  K1, P2tog, P1, P2tog, P14, Sl1; turn
  • Row 27:  (K1, P1) x 9, Sl1; turn
  • Row 28:  K1, (K1, P1) x 8 K1, Sl1; turn
  • Row 29:  (K1, P1) x 9, Sl1; turn
  • Row 30:  K1, (P2tog) x 9; turn
  • Row 31:  (K2tog) x 5;
  • BO all stitches; (5 stitches)

CO = Cast On
K = Knit
P = Purl
Kfb = increase a stitch by knitting into both the front and back of a loop.
K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together
SSK = Knit 2 stitches together with the opposite slant by slipping 2 stitches knitwise, moving them back to the left needle, and knitting them together.
P2tog = Purl 2 stitches together
(bla)x3= do “bla” three times
Sl1 = Slip 1 stitch purlwise and leave the yarn in the front for a clean edge.

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Design – Leaf Shawl with Vogue Knitting on the Edge

A shawl to go with my new Anokhi dress. I used Trendsetter Yarns “Dune” and Berrocco Glace. The Dune is mohair with a bit of metallic going through it, and the Glace let me do the leaves on the edge while giving the mohair some body and extra softness. The leaf pattern came from Vogue Knitting on the Edge, and the rest of the shawl was done with alternate rows: P2, yarn under, p2tog / knit across.


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Design – Bell Sleeve Alpaca Sweater

I have a favorite wrap t-shirt that I copied to make this sweater, adding bell sleeves and bottom edging. I used a size 17 needle for the first 4 rows of the bottom, and 8 rows of the sleeves, and switched to a size 13 to knit the body of the piece. The yarn is GGH Savanah alpaca blend. I was under a deadline to finish it so I could return all the extra yarn I bought… I bought 20 skeins and only needed 10 and this yarn wasn’t cheap. I’ve got a store credit at The Yarn Co in NYC which I plan to use when I visit my cousin in June.