Dec 05

Adiri Cowl

Mind of Winter Designs - Adiri Cowl

Adiri in Cascade Venezia

For the past several years, my fellow co-workers and I have each created handmade ornaments for the annual holiday gift exchange. This year, the focus was slightly different — we drew names for our secret “cowl pals” and each of us worked on a cowl based on the intended recipient’s favorite colors, stitch patterns, and/or techniques. When Julia at Mind of Winter Designs posted a new pattern set (pullover and cowl), I thought the design was perfect for Debbie G. — she loves cables and Adiri has an understated feminine design — the cables aren’t bulky. I had several great colors of Cascade Venezia to choose from but ultimately took the advice of a friend who chose the deep purple.

I reacquainted myself with knitting with Denise Needles and I was thrilled with how the yarn and needle combo worked well together. The Venezia would have been a bit too slippery for my Addi Clicks and a little too draggy for my Clover bamboo circulars.

While I have admired Julia’s designs for years, this might be the first time I’ve knit one — but it won’t be my last because I’m eyeing the Adiri pullover for myself (and definitely the slouchy Adiri hat)

Mind of Winter Designs - Adiri Cowl

Adiri Cowl – Stitch Pattern



  1. Gail says:

    It’s beautiful – your friend will love to receive this gift! I’ve heard great things about Venezia, I’ve really got to try it one of these days!

    • Janet says:

      Thank you, Gail! Venezia is one of those yarns I’ve known of but never reached for till now. I absolutely love it! I really like cables but worry about the bulk and don’t always want the chunky texture. But I like how the Venezia silk/merino blend smooths out a cable without making it look flat. Try it!

  2. SoKnitpicky says:

    This is so beautiful! I love all the Adiri designs and wish I could pull off the hat. The pullover is a definite possibility!

    Oh! And you should mention your lovely nails 😉

  3. very pretty — love the color!

  4. Katie says:

    Wow, how gorgeous! I’m sure your coworker will love it 🙂

  5. carol says:

    You haven’t lost your touch, I see! I’m impressed you finished this plus work and school work! Your “cowl pal” will love it!

  6. Lolly says:

    How lovely! The color with that stitch pattern is just divine! I’m feeling a bit envious.

  7. LynneW says:

    Oooooh. Looks so soft and warm. And I love the color! I’ll have to see if my local yarn store carries Venezia. You have done a beautiful job. I tried cables once many years ago; it may be time to try them again with this pattern.

    In other news, Jenny Crusie has a post on writing that you may find interesting –

    She’s doing an online class for McDaniel College. Hope it’s useful to you!

    • Janet says:

      Thank you, Lynne! These cables are very straightforward — please give cables a chance!

      I appreciate your link to Jenny Crusie — it is useful! I need to re-write a few scenes and this will come in handy.

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  9. Amy Tilson says:

    That is gorgeous!! I’m a total newbie, so a lot of this was Greek to me. However, you had me at purple!! This is exactly why I am learning. Looking forward to reading more. Found you from Stacey’s Daze.

    • Janet says:

      Hi Amy! Thanks for visiting and commenting 🙂 I can still relate to being a newbie — there’s always something new to learn. Yarn draws me in like nothing else and it’s usually the color that attracts me (and inspires me!) first. Happy knitting!

  10. Lisa says:

    I love the cowl! Nice color too.


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