The Western Australian knitters recently had their annual retreat and I was asked to design a project for a KAL during the retreat.
I came up with a cowl which will be a quick project and I wanted it to be light and soft, so I chose lace weight to knit with.
When I showed a friend the stitch pattern that I decided on, she said that it reminded her of the cones of a banksia.
Banksia is an Australian wildflower, with flower spikes and a fruiting cone. The follicles on aged Banksia cones resemble “eyes”. The elongated eyelets combine with a moss stitch pattern on the cowl resembles the "eyes" on a Banksia cone. In addition, the retreat is held in Toodyay, a country town where Banksia trees are widely grown and so I named the cowl, Cone of a Banksia.
I love the look and the lightness of the cowl ......
...... and knitting it with Knitpicks lace weight is a dream. This pattern is now available on ravelry.
I also knitted a 2nd one in Rowan Fine Lace and it's just as lovely .....
...... this cowl is about 4" longer as I added another 20 stitches.
I was not able to attend the retreat but I heard it went well and I hope everyone had fun knitting the cowl.