A few days ago I had a super fun photoshoot with my cats as models! The photos, especially from our Tigi, came out so great that I want to share them with you. :)

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Tigi was a little bit sceptical at first.

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But after a few seconds she found out that it took her only one single step to get out of that strange thing I had put on her and she remembered how much she loves being photographed.

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Of course I had to take photos of Lena with the cowl as well. Lena loved it! No wonder, the Malabrigo Merino Worsted is sooo soft! She began cuddling the cowl right away.


Unfortunately, she was in a dark corner of the bathroom, but she’s my baby – so of course I still love the photo! :) Many thanks go to Lindsay Lewchuk (KnitEcoChic on Ravelry) and her photoshop skills for saving the photo :)

The cowl in the picture is available on Ravelry in German and English. The English version will be available on Patternfish and Loveknitting as well, soon.

This cowl, using a beautiful Estonian pattern, knits up really fast in the gorgeous Merino Worsted by Malabrigo. It is a pleasure to knit and a pleasure to wear, and the stitch pattern is much easier to work than it looks! Charted and written instructions for a short as well as a long cowl are included.
Many thanks to my tech editor cupani and my test-knitters dancerdawnky42, ellyB, gilby, hydrangealover, Ildolcesuono and tamewe (Englisch version) as well as Adiantum, littlewoman49, pafor, SINessi and SusiKlein (German version).

Short: 66 cm [26”] around, 15 cm [6”] high
Long: 117 cm [46”] around, 15 cm [6”] high
(Designer’s note: The second half of the repeat is a little bit wider than the first half)

Gauge: 1 pattern repeat = 7.3 cm [2.9”] wide and 15 cm (6”) high after blocking

Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100 g [3.53 oz], 192 m [210 yd], 100 % merino), 1 (2) hanks #21, Cactus Flower, or approx. 110 m [120 yd] (195 m [215 yd] worsted weight yarn of your choice

The yardage given includes 10 % extra from what I used. As I knit very loosely, my testers normally use less yarn than I do. One hank my be enough for the long cowl. If you don’t want to buy two hanks, consider using a contrast color for casting on and binding off.)

4.5 mm [US 7] circular needle
(Designer’s note: I’m a loose knitter, so you may want to try bigger needles if you aren’t.)
1 lockable stitch marker

Skills needed:
Knit and Purl
Increases (k1, yo, k1 into one stitch; M1FP, M1RP; 5-into-9; see Abbreviations for all on page 5)
Decreases (sssk, sssp, p2tog, p3tog, s2tog-k1-p2sso; see Abbreviations for all on page 5)

From now until February 4th, end of day (Switzerland time) use the coupon code “Tigi” (without the quotes) on Ravelry to receive this pattern for 25 % off!