September 6, 2011This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Cowichans Edition
Down in Texas it FINALLY dipped below 100 degrees for a few days and that got me thinking about my favorite cool weather thing – cowichans!! What? You don’t know what cowichans are? Well you’re missing out on some serious awesomeness! I wrote a whole post about them here to get you up to speed.
Anyhoo, my fingers have been itching to get started on some cowichan knitting! There are loads of awesome vintage cowichan patterns out there and I have quite the burgeoning collection. Last year I knitted the most adorable squirrel cowichan for Little Betty.
It was a Mary Maxim pattern from the 50’s and was quite easy to work with. I also have an owl and fawn pattern waiting to be knit when she outgrows this one.
Here it is from the front, before I put the zipper in.
And here’s the back view, after completion and in action:
She really loves it and asks to wear it all the time. It’s heavy enough to serve as a coat in the mild Texas winters.
So this year mama is getting one! Here’s the pattern:
The pattern is a bit later, the 70s, but isn’t she amazing? I am ridiculously excited about wearing it this winter. The best thing about cowichan knitting is how quickly it goes due to the big needles and chunky yarn. Here’s my progress so far after a few evenings of knitting:
For you non-knitters out there – that’s a lot. Stay tuned for the finished product!
Mister Crafter has a pretty awesome collection of vintage cowichans knit by grannys long ago – one with a huge buck head on the back, one with pheasant hunting, and a Christmas themed one. Do any of you have any amazing vintage cowichans?