Sunday, August 7, 2011




Hello! I’m squeezing in a bit of time to make a blog post. Since I started making a cowl, I’m knitting almost all day. It is so much fun to see how it is growing into something I really like. But first I want to show you something else, but a bit the same too.

The picture above is a detail of a scarf I made last month. The pattern is based on an old 18th century embroidery pattern, which I found in the library. I changed it a little bit, in order to make it longer, a bit like a garland. That way it would be perfect for a scarf.


The squares I added, because the scarf would otherwise become very sweet and romantic, also because of the colours I used. With the triangles with squares on both ends of the scarf, I had the idea it became a bit more contemporary.

The whole scarf is knitted with only two colours of Drops Delight (06 and 14). Because of the colour transitions it looks as if a lot more colours are used.

The same happens with the cowl I’m making. I started with the same embroidery pattern, but since it is for a cowl, which is knitted in the round, a lot more adjustments had to be made. Basically, I had to redesign the whole pattern. Again I’m using two colours of Drops delight(12 and 09).

006I started with a border in linen stitch with the blue/purple yarn, and then I switched to stockinette stitch for the pattern.


It’s obviously not blocked yet, but the way it is turning out is so great. I just can’t put it aside to do whatever else I should do. Now the big challenge comes. The bottom is quite wide, and to make it warm and cosy around the neck, I have to decrease the number of stitches. To do this in pattern, is not too easy, but I want this so much to work out, that I keep sketching and counting and drawing and erasing everything and starting over, just until I get it right.


Groetjes, Dorien


Monique said...

Wat mooi is je sjaal geworden. Je hebt gegarandeerd een uniek exemplaar.
De kol wordt ook super. Wat een werk moet dat zijn om het allemaal uit te tekenen.

Groetjes, Monique

Teje said...

Oh my dear Dorien ... what can I say! That is a fantastic scarf and you made the pattern beautiful and perfect (you have it right with the squares and flowers)!
Both of your works have the most beautiful colours!
xxx Teje

Anonymous said...

Such a pretty pattern - it's simply beautiful!

Colette. said...

Wonderful ! As usual ...

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Dorien..amazing work as usual. I love the flowers and chequered squares combination! Thank you for your kind comments on my blog..I really am overcoming these health concerns..thank you.

Allison said...

I'm so impressed by your knitting, Dorien! So intricate.

Madeleine said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! I want them both! And I love Delight - beautiful and great to knit with :D

Simone de Klerk said...

Wat een ontzettend mooie sjaal, die je vorige maand gemaakt hebt. Tjee, wat een talent. Ik vind vooral ook de combinatie met de ruitjes erg leuk!
Ook je werk waar je nu mee bezig bent wordt een kunstwerk. Mooie zachte kleuren en zo'n mooie overgang!
Alweer: chapeau!!!

Wendy said...

Wow, I couldn't believe that was knitted, it looks printed! That is just amazing... is it Intarsia?

ElisabethAndrée said...

Ik vind het geweldig dat je dit kunt. Je sjaal is chic en creatief en hij staat je vast heel mooi!