2.12.2010

Cosette




Meet "Cosette", my newest shawl design!

Cosette is a large cozy wrap to keep you warm in cool weather. The curved shape with tapered ends is very versatile and lends itself to being perfectly draped over your shoulders and tied in front. Or for a dressier accent to your outfit you could fasten Cosette with a brooch like I have in the above picture.

But if shawls are not your thing.. Cosette works beautifully wrapped and tied around your neck as a scarf. It would look great under a winter coat with just a little color peeking through.


The yarn that I chose for this design is one of my favorites, madelinetosh. The body is made up of Tosh Merino in Olivia and the border is worked out of Eyre in the Fig colorway.

This beautiful color combination came about my accident.
I had originally ordered these yarns separately for different projects
but was continually fascinated by how well they worked together.
I think that the combination makes for a very rich looking piece.

Also the Tosh Merino is such a wonderfully cozy yarn.
I reviewed it in Episode 30 of my podcast if you would like to find out more about it.


I think that the super soft merino wool paired with the eyelet picot border makes Cosette the perfect balance of functionality and feminine style.


The deep curved shape of the shawl is created by use of short rows.
This is the same technique I used in shaping the Cedar Leaf Shawlette pattern.
Short row shaping is great. I like how it creates shapes invisibly and cleanly.

The pattern contains detailed instruction for the short row technique. But here are two instructional videos that may prove helpful as well. Click HERE and HERE.


Here is some further pattern information for those who are interested in knitting Cosette:

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Length: approx 60 inches from end to end after blocking
Width: measures approx 16.5 inches at deepest point of center including eyelet picot border.

MATERIALS
[MC] Madelinetosh Tosh Merino [100% Merino Wool; 210 yd/192m per 90g skein]; color: Olivia; 3 skeins or approx 500 yds of a worsted weight wool or wool blend.
[CC] Madelinetosh Eyre [60% Merino Wool, 20% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk; 120 yd/110m per 60g skein]; color: Fig; 1 skein or approx 75 yds of a worsted weight wool or wool blend.

Alternate yarn for [MC] and [CC]: Malabrigo Worsted, Madelinetosh DK, Dream In Color Classy, Lanas Puras Melosa

1# 32” US #8/5mm circular needle
Tapestry needle
Optional: Stitch markers for marking wrapped sts


GAUGE
16 sts/30 rows = 4" in Stockinette stitch on size 8 needles or size needed for accurate gauge.



I hope that you enjoy knitting and wearing it!

Cosette is now available in French! Click HERE to purchase the French version!

(Yarn shop owners: Please contact me about carrying "Cosette" in your shop!)





26 comments:

Courtney said...

Very pretty!

azknitter said...

Quite lovely ~ I love the style, the colorway used and the detail.

morewithles said...

Alana - This is soooooo pretty! Having just completed the Cedar Leaf Shawlette, I can agree about the pretty short-row shaping! Interestingly, too, I *just* completed a project using Madeline Tosh in the exact same colorway (in my post today). It is positively luscious yarn!

Ertman-Trowbridge Family said...

This is so pretty-- and SO me! I think I may just have to buy this pattern.

knitting addict said...

Wonderful pattern and gorgeous colors. I LOVE the Cedar Leaf Shawlette I made and everyone comments on it too. I think I may needto make this one too! Your patterns are very easy to follow, thank you!

Allegra said...

Oh Alana, it's gorgeous! You are right, this color combination is fantastic. Beautiful pictures too. Congrats!

sapphire_kittum said...

That is a really gorgeous shawl, and you are right, the colours do work well together.

You also took amazing photo's of it, well done!

fridica said...

I've already commented on the pattern, but now I must add the photos are beautiful too! :)

Virginia said...

It's gorgeous! I adore the color combination. madelinetosh has fantastic colorways too.

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

I love it Alana! Especially that aubergine edging colour. I must find a store that sells Madelinetosh yarn.

Sarah said...

That is a very lovely shawl!

I just recently started listening to your podcasts, and I am enjoying them very much.

knittinwolf said...

Lovely! Great job as always!

Julie said...

Beautiful, Alana! My mother almost named me Cosette (she loved Les Miserables but decided on Juliette instead) so I guess I'll have to knit this one.:-)

magrit said...

Beautiful ! First word on my mind, when I saw photos, was "snow white".... I don't know why, but that was a nice feeling :)

AudKnits said...

This is gorgeous, Alana! Congratulations on another masterpiece! The design on your printed pattern makes it so much fun - I love your attention to detail.

The Studes said...

the colors you chose for this piece are absolutally gorgeous! I love it!

goose and bear said...

It's so pretty, Alana! I love those colors together.

Poethead said...

I love this! The simplicity of the design and the color combination is beautiful!

Alaska Denise said...

Are kits going to be available? For the Cedar Leaf I wasn't able to get your suggested yarn so had to substitue. Although I love my shawl I still have yarn envy! I would love to get this in a kit! Denise

April said...

Beautifully knit....the finish is excellent with the border perfect and all...the color chosen perfect.I love it.

warm

Kate said...

Just exquisite Alana!!!

Leonbergerdogs Knitter said...

Alana, another beautiful design! Looks like I'm going to have to knit this one too! I finished several Cedar Leaves and everyone I made them for just loves them! Think I will just make this one for myself though! The color combo is beautiful and I love the picot edging!

KnitCore said...

This is so lovely! But I do have to ask... Where did you get the shirt underneath? That's so cute!

Great Job!

Alana said...

KnitCore:

Thank you!

The top is made by Elle. Glad you like it!

Alana

Lynette said...

i love your latest project. i have to add it to my queue and pattern library.

paws said...

Beautiful.