I wanted something like the September Circle or Betty Mouat cowls, but I didn't want to purchase yet another pattern. So I decided to (finally) create a design of my own.
I went with a feather and fan lace pattern, which I thought would show off the self-striping Noro yarn well. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. It is a perfect pattern for one beautiful multi-coloured Noro skein, and knitting the light cotton/silk blend reminded me that the cold weather will eventually pass.
|Sakawa Surf cowl|
I'm calling it Sakawa Surf because the colours remind me of a Hiroshige landscape scene along the Sakawa river. The similarity is so striking, I'm convinced the Noro designers must have been inspired by this exact picture.
|Image from the Phillips Collection|
And appropriately for this spring, the hints of white can represent the regular dustings of snow we've been getting!