Sweetgum

Named for the sweetgum tree (liquidambar styraciflua) a deciduous tree native to the southeastern United States, whose leaves turns spectacular shades of yellow, red, smoky purple, and brown in the fall.

 

This bulked-up cowl is perfect for autumn, when you need a little bit of cozy, a little bit of warmth, and a whole lot of style. It’s bolder than a cardigan but easier to wear than a shawl. And it’s super-adjustable. Pull it down over your arms and shoulders, or pull it up over your head like a hood.

 

This pattern was designed for the 4! Ounce! Challenge! on Ravelry, a challenge to design patterns specifically for using 4 ounces or less of handspun yarn - this one was made with a little less than 4 oz. of my handspun bulky thick-and-thin singles from Hello Yarn's "Grouch."

 

My first pattern! published here

 

Huge thanks to Kirsten Kapur and Kristen Hanley Cardozo for their awesome tech-editing help (and Kirsten's help with getting the pattern into PDF since my Mac wouldn't cooperate). THANK YOU.

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Taken on September 26, 2010