Queen of Shadows

Published on Tuesday December 30th, 2008

To close out 2008, here’s another free pattern for you. I made these fingerless gloves and cowl for Mr. G’s mom for Christmas, and now that I have a few relaxing days up home I’ve polished up the instructions. I knit the set using some scrummy Rio de la Plata 3-Ply Thread that’s been marinating in the stash: the plump, soft plies give beautiful stitch definition and the kettle-dyed “Rabbit” gray shifts ever so slightly in hue. (Rio de la Plata has inexplicably discontinued this gorgeous yarn; their Lana del Artista seems quite similar, but I haven’t seen it in person to tell. The yardage is a little less, but 3 skeins would still suffice. Any soft, heavy Aran weight will serve.) I chose the Shadow Cable from Barbara Walker’s first treasury, cast on a picot edge for a touch of dramatic flair, and designed on the fly.

Here’s the PDF: Queen of Shadows Fingerless Gloves and Cowl

How about some more pictures?

Happy knitting for 2009!

20 Comments to “Queen of Shadows”

  1. merete Comment Says:

    what a lovely set. i am sure your mother in law must have been extremely pleased.

  2. knithoundbrooklyn Comment Says:

    The set is just lovely. Thanks for the pattern.

  3. Debra Comment Says:

    I love them! Thanks!

  4. jillian Comment Says:

    They’re beautiful! Thank you for the pattern!

  5. the Lady Comment Says:

    Oh, I just used that cable yesterday. It’s a fun one!

  6. sue Comment Says:

    What a gorgeous cowl and gloves. Beautiful color in the yarn too. Thank you so much for putting the time into letting us share your pattern too.

  7. whitney Comment Says:

    What a beautiful set! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  8. Debby Comment Says:

    They are lovely — thank you for sharing them with us! The composition of your photos is really special — it is perfect for the cowl and gloves.

  9. Tone Comment Says:

    The gloves and the cowl are lovely – so is the brooch. Happy New Year Sarah, may it be a good one for you and your family! Best wishes from Tone

  10. gleek Comment Says:

    gorgeous sarah!! and your hair is looking mighty cute as well 🙂

  11. Seanna Lea Comment Says:

    Those are gorgeous! Thank you so much for these beautiful patterns and have a great 2009!

  12. Marianne Comment Says:

    What gorgeous designs. I have saved both of them. They will be perfect for using up my handspun yarn. I especially love the shaping on the mitts. Thank you x

  13. Lisa Comment Says:

    It’s a beautiful set, Sarah. Love the stitch pattern you chose and how the cowl can be worn open and closed, both equally gorgeous. Your MIL is a lucky woman! 🙂 Happy Holidays and I wish you and Mr. G a wonder-filled 2009.

  14. mamie Comment Says:

    so very pretty, sara. i wanted to tell you, the other day (maybe saturday i think) i was in knit purl with my mother in law. i thought you might still work there so i asked about your where abouts and the ladies told me you had left a few minutes earlier. shucks, would have loved to say hello in person. maybe next time we are up. happy new year!

  15. Cher Comment Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous patterns! You did a lovely job.

  16. Leslie Comment Says:

    Such beautiful handknits and photos, too! Have a wonderful new year.

  17. Sandy Comment Says:

    Someday I aspire to be able to knit things that well. The are so beautiful. And the color is scrumptious. My workplace is so cold that I need a pair of those gloves…no joke! I have a heating pad that I lay over my lap to stay warm. However, my knitting skills have not progressed to something that complicated. One of my resolutions for 2009 is: Learn to knit something besides a scarf. My boyfriend got a huge kick out of that one. It’s good to have aspirations I said.

  18. Katrin Comment Says:

    Love the couple, and the circular needle pin is an eyecandy!

  19. Karen Comment Says:

    Those are great! Thank you so much for the pattern. Love, love, love the doors you are pictures in front of. Wherever are those?

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