A Darn Good Yarn: Cowl In Progress

About this time every year, I generally get bored of all my existing cowls (I know, hard to believe!) and feel the urge to knit a new cowl. It is still deep winter here in Canada, so mixing up the winter accessories helps make it seem like spring is not so far away. Plus, a petal-coloured yarn makes it seem even closer.

This is the Casu Cowl in progress, and I’m enjoying every stitch. The pattern repeats are easy to memorize, and I love that half the cowl is moss stitch and the other half is mesh – what a great idea for a cowl pattern, having two different types of fabric and stitches on each half of the cowl (sounds like a great future modification idea, don’t you think?).

The Thanks card is a favourite from a while back, and I kept it because it reminds me that a) I actually do like pastels, and b) look at all the other great colours that easily go with it! Colour inspiration can be found anywhere.

I feel like this is a great pairing of yarn and pattern- the subtle variations enhance the stitches rather than compete with it, and single ply yarns (which can easily get pill-y quickly) resist pilling when knit up in a highly textured stitch.

The yarn is from  Darn Good Yarn, in the Samabyon colourway of their single ply worsted weight merino wool. I loved the watercolour elements of this yarn, with pale creamy shades of peach, pink, and buttercup melding into each other in a really dreamy way. I hardly ever choose pastel colours, but I wanted to try something a little different – what if I end up loving pastels?! I’ll never know if I don’t try. Breaking out of the colour rut we crafters tend to get into can be challenging – I can’t even begin to describe how much grey and green yarn I have in my stash. But this one just called to me.

Darn Good Yarn works with local women in Nepal and India to pay a living wage to help support their families while working from home.  The ability to work from home means that many of these women can work while caring for their children, and there are few opportunities for women to work from home in many of those areas. Darn Good Yarn’s products help families eat better, have proper medical care, and send their children to school.  There is something incredibly wonderful about supporting craft businesses that are working to make the world a better place.

And on top of all that, this worsted weight merino is so buttery soft, I wish you could reach through the screen and squish it. I mean, just look at it:

This is part one of a two part sponsored post series by Darn Good Yarn. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. 



  1. Loulou   •  

    That is going to be so pretty! The colour is great.

    I know what you mean about wanting a new winter accessory at this time of year — I’m making a cowl right now, too, although crocheting rather than knitting.

    Also, your photos are lovely. Love all the little details.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Oooh, I’m excited to see your new cowl-in-progress, too!

  2. Jeannie Gray   •  

    Oooh! Love both the pattern and the yarn. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Julie   •     Author

      No problem, Jeannie! I’m loving both the pattern and the yarn, and looking forward to giving it all a final evaluation once the cowls’ done and block. 🙂

  3. Deborah Ida   •  

    It’s just simply pretty! Love the color way—-makes you feel like Spring is in the air. I understand how you feel about it still being wintery and dreaming of Spring, as my daughter goes to University in Calgary. I feel for her too. That very pretty cowl should make you feel Springy. The setting is so serene.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Calgary! They have even more serious winter than we do in Toronto! Absolutely, i’m totally craving those spring colours…

  4. Kelly J. R.   •  

    I really love that color and wish I could wear it myself but I have very pale skin and I look terrible in tans and peaches. [frowny face]

    • Julie   •     Author

      Oh no!! I’m really pale too! I have no idea if I look terrible in peaches or tans, I haven’t tried before…. but if it’s not working at first, I’ll play around wit hmy make up until I make it work :P.

      • Heather   •  

        I think it will look good on you because your hair is so vibrant! 🙂

  5. Alina   •  

    Oh, what a squishy looking yarn! And you chose the perfect pattern for it – looks easy and engaging!

  6. Tanis   •  

    This yarn looks so irresistibly soft! You can tell right through the screen.

  7. Lisa   •  

    That yarn and pattern were almost made for each other! How perfect. I love that yarn color and you are right – I want to reach right in and squish it. I have heard such good things about Darn Good Yarn, I will have to find a way to try soon.

  8. Anna Prasad   •  

    Oh I love that cowl and the two stitch patterns are great and give a great texture by the look of it. I am here waiting to wear my socks and jumper that I made last year, but it’s still very hot in Australia. Not really a problem as such, but still 🙂

  9. miss agnes   •  

    This yarn does seem scrumptious, we do want to reach out and squeeze it too. Love the cowl and the combination of patterns. I think this creamy peach will look great on you, especially with your hair color. It will look great with your chocolate tunic too.

  10. Ann Webb   •  

    I love it! Now I want to go buy some spring colored yarn! Did you change the pattern to have more mesh? Yours looks half and half and I really like the proportions.

  11. Barbara   •  

    The colours in that yarn are amazing! If I knit something with that, I’m not sure I would take it off until May (and maybe even then, I’d wear it on chilly mornings). I’ll definitely consider this yarn, when I next have time to knit something for myself 🙂

  12. Christine   •  

    The cowl looks so lovely and the yarn is gorgeous.

  13. Bobbie in AK   •  

    Love your color choice!

  14. Heather   •  

    That yarn and cowl are beautiful!

  15. Tahnee   •  

    That yarn looks wonderfully squishy and soft! I actually really love pastels but somehow hardly ever find myself knitting with them. Maybe a good goal for when summer knitting comes around.

  16. Stefanie   •  

    What a beautiful color! It’s perfect for you. I would love to be your sister and be able to borrow for a day a cowl of yours.

  17. Tien   •  

    Thank you for spotlighting this beautiful yarn and company. I’ve not heard of them until now but will definitely be checking out their website. It has been ages since I knitted a cowl and this one is lovely! I really like the duo textured look which has the added advantage of making the knitting twice as fun.

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