Watching the Tide

I'm really thrilled to write this post as I feel a bit of a self-proclaimed "knit-by-numbers" kind of girl for the majority of my knitting life, although that's been starting to change in recent years.

The longer version of the cowl was knit in two colours using a slipped stitch in the transition portion to work the two colours. We chose a stitch that mimics water rushing over the rocky beach in Brighton.

The longer version of the cowl was knit in two colours using a slipped stitch in the transition portion to work the two colours. We chose a stitch that mimics water rushing over the rocky beach in Brighton.

Enough of a change I guess, that I was confident enough recently to collaborate on a knitting design with Rachel for the Unwind Brighton Design Competition - a light, lacey cowl that we've called Watching the Tide. Clever girl that Rachel is, she also has her own entry, the wonderful Brighton Dome socks.

The short version can be pulled down around one's shoulders, like a little capelet...

The short version can be pulled down around one's shoulders, like a little capelet...

Happily, our design has been shortlisted! (If you'd like to vote for it, please use the link above - you can vote until midnight on May 31st). We came up with two versions of the cowl, both of which are knit in gorgeous yarns from Eden Cottage Yarns. I knit the single colour version in the Titus 4-Ply - a really delicious 100% British-sourced wool. The fingering weight yarn makes it a little easier to knit that a true lace weight, and provides the right amount of warmth against a soft, summer's breeze.

...or wrapped completely behind the back to turn the cowl into a shrug.

...or wrapped completely behind the back to turn the cowl into a shrug.

The winning design will be printed in the Unwind Brighton programme handed out to people visiting the Marketplace at the show. All other designs will be able to be sold as of the beginning of June. I'll keep you posted on when that happens.