Wednesday, April 20, 2016


My affection for mermaids and need to depict them in knit form has continued in my latest cowl pattern, Ningyo!

Ningyo's motif can be transformed to look like any number of scaled creatures depending on the color choice. This pattern is excellent for troublesome multi-colored yarns as scales tend to have an iridescent quality to them.

From mermaids
(Socks That Rock Mediumweight - in an unnamed purple from Rhinebeck, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport - Wonderland Heather, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport - Mink Heather)

to goldfish
(Touch of Twist Peruvian Alpaca - green, Brooks Farm Tenino DK - coral, LB Collection Baby Alpaca - tan)

 even dragons
(Brooks Farm Yarns Mas Acero - purple/brown/grey, Ella Rae Classic Solids - gray)

Ningyo is another funnel shaped cowl.  If you are slender like my model, it will cover your shoulders, or if you are like me it will fan out around your collar.

The pattern is written for sport weight yarn but includes instructions for customization. The dragon example was made using these tips for a worsted weight yarn. A lovely test knitter used the instructions to make a fingering weight version.

For more information see the pattern page on Ravelry.

Here is a bonus ridiculous pic. I blame the City Bakery hot chocolate.