Hanging Gardens Cowl

by Tisserin Coquet

A few years ago, I went to Granada (Spain) to spend a weekend with my then-boyfriend-now-husband who was working there. This town, the Alhambra palace, and its gardens are one of the most beautiful places I had the chance to see.

This pattern is called Hanging Gardens and it’s available now on Ravelry, the shop, and in Le Chat qui Tricote Winter Box.

Vines, leaves and buds interlace in the Hanging Gardens lace and cables as it does in the ornamental gardens I’ve witnessed over there. For a nature lover as I am, it was quite near to heaven. Unfortunately I lost all of my pictures from these days. So instead of mine, here are a few pictures from Unsplash.com which looks like the Granada I remember.

It was late October but we still had pretty warm days with such a pretty light. Plants were in full bloom with flowers and leaves everything. Couple that with all the fountains and springs you have around the palace (and the city) and you have a pretty good idea of how it was and why it reminded me of the mythical hanging gardens of Babylon.

This cowl is long enough to allow you to twist it twice around your neck and feature either its stocking stitch, its lace or its cable on the front, depending of your mood of the day. It is worked flat with build-in i-cord selvedges on the short side. Ends are grafted at the end of the work to close it round.

The lace technique featured in this pattern involves both nupps and estonian gathered stitches. As complicated as it might look, it’s rather straight forward stitches to make. If you want to have more in-depth tutorial than the one included in the pattern, hop over to the tutorial section of the website.

I’ve partnered with Le Chat qui Tricote once again and we’re delighted to introduce the Winter Box 2019 to you today. In it, you’ll find both PDF and printed versions of the Hanging Gardens cowl pattern, two skeins of Le Chat qui Tricote Féline yarn (100% merino; 400m per 100g skein), one natural mesh project bag, and two washing powders (one naturally moth-repelant + soap chips from Marius Favre).


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