Unwind’s Newsletter and My Cowl Pattern

From Unwind’s newlsetter of 6/4/13


Unwind Meets Classic Elite Yarns Web-Letter

We Riff on Handmade Los Angeles II

HMLA poncho

Unwind’s collaboration with Classic Elite Yarns —

two pattern booklets called Handmade Los Angeles I & II

showed many knitters that simple style and warm weather friendly patterns can fit and flatter every woman.

One of my favorite designs from the books is Sabrina Judge’s

Fringed Poncho with Tattoo.

The body is lightweight, and not too warm, knit in Classic Elite’s Silky Alpaca Lace. And the classic shape is tweaked just a bit with a riot of multi-colored fringe and the embroidered “tattoo.” Stitch in “LOVE”, as we did, or choose a word that makes you happy.

Recently I was chatting with Unwind’s newest shop gal and teacher, Cheryl Olson. Cheryl loves to knit small accessories and often designs her own cowls, gloves, hats and more.

So I decided to offer her a little challenge. Would she riff on the fringe from the Fringed Poncho? What could a knitter do with leftovers from all that gorgeous fringe? Could we make a quick, easy project that many knitters would enjoy gifting or wearing themselves?

And so we offer Cheryl’s design — the Lightweight Cowl.

The Sea Glass and Gentian Violet colors are remnants from the Poncho, but we did need a new ball of the Cameroon (green). I love how the ribbons of color on the cowl evoke the Poncho’s fringe without actually being fringe. I also love how lightweight this cowl is despite being knit with two strands of Silky Alpaca Lace.

The folks at Classic Elite Yarns liked it so much that they have published it as this week’s free pattern through the CEY weekly web-letter.


  • Download Lightweight Cowl Pattern
  • Purchase Handmade Los Angeles I & II Books
  • Sign up for Classic Elite Web-Letter
  • Get individual patterns on Ravelry
  • Knit a Fringed Poncho or Lightweight Cowl with yarn from Unwind

Socks Many Ways – A Workshop

Cheryl Olson guides you through the world of socks

Toe up. Top down. Magic Loop. Double Points. Two at one time on two circular needles. Short row heels. Or not. Magic cast ons and turkish cast ons. So many possibilities – you could knit socks forever.

You’ll enjoy this class where, over five, three-hour session, you’ll knit a mini practice sock, work on a human-sized sock, and experiment with many techniques that will keep your toes tapping.

Enroll today, and prepare for our first lesson. Homework and materials list will be emailed before the first class.

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