Introducing our latest free pattern, the Hawick Cowl, designed by long time Loop friend Rachel Atkinson. Using a clever slip stitch pattern and the marvellous Orkney Angora in three of our bespoke colours, it has your gift knitting and winter knitwear plans all sorted!
The tweedlike texture created by the easy slip stitch technique is the also the inspiration behind the name, as Hawick (pronounced Hoyk) is a town in Scotland where tweed was invented. Rachel wanted to use several colours together to create the heathered look, but also keep the construction straight forward . So the answer was to keep it simple with a slip stitch that means you only use one colour at a time on each row- easy!
Plus, the size is easy to adapt, you just need to make sure that your stitches are cast on in multiples of four. Rachel told us how she thought the design would look fabulous as a long loop wrapped round twice – “Plus the reverse is equally lovely and neat as the front so it doesn’t matter if it’s on display”
The Orkney Angora St Magnus is a luxury mix of lambswool and responsibly sourced angora. This blend means it’s light to wear and adds a stylish layer of warmth against winter winds. Plus the yarn is so deliciously soft! We are thrilled to have worked with Orkney Angora to create seven colours (shown above) that are exclusive just to Loop! Of course, three of these feature in Hawick – Magical Goose, Ghost and London Soot.
Loop stocks 31 beautiful colours of Orkney Angora St Magnus, including our seven bespoke colours. Plus, with the three balls of yarn used you actually have enough for two cowls by swopping the colours around. Just use Magical Goose or Ghost as the main colour in place of London Soot.
Below you can see some of the colour combinations we had fun choosing, but we also can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Many thanks to Rachel Atkinson for her beautiful pattern and to Kristin Perers for the gorgeous photography. Click below to download the free pattern and to start knitting!
Plus, as we’re feeling extra generous, we are also giving away three balls of Orkney Angora to one lucky reader! To be in with a chance of winning the colours that we have used in the sample, Magical Goose, Ghost and London Soot make sure head to Instagram and follow LoopLondonLoves to find out how to enter….Good Luck!
And finally, the winner of last weeks giveaway who will receive a copy of our gorgeous new pattern Sous Sous is….Janet who would knit the jumper in Robin Red Breast, “For the sheer drama of it!” Congratulations! We will be in touch to let you know how to claim your prize.
Happy Knitting and Crocheting!
Hawick Cowl is a free pattern. All images and text are copyright of Loop Knitting Ltd. It is for personal and non-profit use only. This means you can knit it for yourself, as a gift or for charity. You may not sell a garment made from this pattern. You may not reproduce this for sale. Please ask if you wish to translate it or use to teach a class.