Title image: Abandoned cowl

The Abandoned Cowl

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook  you may have seen my most recent creation, a lovely blue cowl.

The inspiration for this cowl was the yarn sent to me from The Fibre Co. I was chosen as a yarn ambassador for them in August, and they sent me two of their latest colorways: Barents Sea and Blue Lagoon on their Tundra base (it’s absolutely lovely – I’ve written about it once already here).

A close up of Tundra yarn

Tundra yarn with a swift

The yarn cried out to become a cowl – it’s so soft I wanted to keep it next-to-skin close! With the colorway names, I immediately thought about water, oceans, and waves. I found the perfect stitch pattern, and cast on immediately.

Knit cowl - first edition

In the first version, I tried to combine the two colorways, but didn’t love the result – just a bit too messy, and it was a little too long, too.  So I cast on again, and was so, so, SO excited about the result! Simple, but pretty, soft and squishy. I loved it, and squeezed it, and blocked it lightly. And went on my way browsing Pinterest for the next big idea.

But that’s when it happened.

There was my cowl. In a different color. Published almost 10 years ago. WHAAAAT?!?!

Yep, turns out great minds really do think alike! We even cast on the same number of stitches! I was pretty bummed for a while, but as I’ve shared my story, I’ve learned that it totally happens, and I’ve realized it would be MUCH more embarrassing to have published it, THEN found the pattern (or heard from the original designer 😮 ). It’s a part of designing, and while we *try* not to create the same thing as someone else, it’s impossible to know every pattern that’s ever been published … especially when we call the patterns different things 😉

So for now it’s abandoned, and I won’t be sending out a call for knitters. But I do love the lace pattern, so I *may* have just cast on a hat 😉


Cowl knit with Tundra yarn from the Fibre Co.

Pin for the Abandoned Cowl

  1. It is still beautiful and you should still be proud that you pulled something so wonderful out of your imagination, even if someone else imagined it already. I wish I was closer and could feel how soft it is myself.

    1. Thank you so much Ashley! And I’m still totally proud of it 🙂 Disappointing I can’t publish it, but maybe I’ll work on a few modifications for it!

  2. […] may have recently read about my disappointment when I realized the cowl I designed had already been invented. However I […]

  3. […] knew that I wanted to create something I could cuddle up in, and keep close to my skin. It took a few tries, but I finally created a cowl that is soft, cozy and so very warm! It is inspired by the colorway […]

Comments are closed.