Finished Knit: Golden Rose

This cowl is so perfect for summer in so many ways. The colour, the lace…. I bet you don’t think about cowls for the summer, but summers still have some chilly nights (and days, who am I kidding?) here in Toronto.

Golden Rose Cowl |

Pattern: Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis 

Yarn: The Blue Brick Rose Ombre 

Mods: None.

Project page on Ravelry can be found here.

I love my Golden Rose cowl. This pattern had been in my queue for a while, not only because I love how it looked but because the construction looked far more interesting than a typical cowl. The design didn’t disappoint- it begins with a shawl-like construction, and then is joined to work in the round. the result give that great slouchy front, and shaping that sits perfectly around the neck or on your shoulders without having to keep pulling on it or moving the fabric around. It’s like you get to put it on and forget about it.

Golden Rose Cowl |

Haha, as if you could forget you were wearing something as wonderful as this. The lace can be repetitive, but using a gorgeous ombre like this was so much fun- the colour shifts are so beuatiful. The ‘Rose’ colourway from The Blue Brick is a wonderfully sunny gradient, you can see the roses that inspired it in the photo with the yarn. What I especially love about this colourway is that even if you think you can’t wear yellow, it still works- an ombre that has yellow in it but isn’t right near your face is flattering for a lot of people. If you like yellow but think it doesn’t look good on you, this is a good colourway to wear.

Golden Rose Cowl |

I especially like choosing something a bit brighter to wear in the summer, something with a little more colour to it. This fit my goals perfectly! As for the photos, a couple of things were very clear to me after seeing them- 1. I need a haircut so badly, I can’t even remember exactly when I last cut my hair- September? October? Yikes. 2. I wish I had put on some lipstick for this. I know not everyone likes make up, and to be honest I rarely wear lipstick, but I feel that I could have used a little pop of colour. But hey, the cowl adds lots of colour, too!

Oh man, have I got loads of outtakes for this! We took waaay more photos for this than we normally do, mainly due to trying to do the photo with the kids while on Toronto Island, which is a place that I adore but was so sunny and bright it was very difficult to find shady spots for photos. And Lila was very involved! An outtakes post will follow later this week.

Golden Rose Outtake |


  1. Mari-Liis   •  

    That is absolutely beautiful. Love the color.

  2. miss agnes   •  

    Love the ombre, and the transition from light orange to yellow. It is a beautiful cowl, bravo!
    You’ve been focusing on your baby these past few months, and now it’s time to take a bit care of you. So go ahead and schedule that hairdresser’s appointment. You’ll feel so good after, and much lighter (hair weighs more than we think). Looking forward to the outtakes. Cheers.

  3. Onkuri   •  

    What a gorgeous cowl, and you look lovely too!

  4. Alina   •  

    Oh, Julie, haircut or no haircut you look gorgeous, just glorious! I love this sunny, warm and cozy knit photo story – so inspiring! You chose the perfect yarn for this project – these colors are so lovely!!

  5. Kelly J. R.   •  

    The ombre yarn worked perfectly for this pattern. It looks like it was a fun knit. Here in Wisconsin we have huge swings in temps too. Today I’m in pants and long sleeves (only 45F this morning!) but by the weekend it’s supposed to be 90F. Yuck. I’m not a fan of the hot weather.

  6. Amy   •  

    Nice job! It looks beautiful on you.

  7. Jacki   •  

    What a gorgeous cowl. The ombre makes it.

    And your daughter looks so cute in her little flower wreath.

    As far as your hair — it always looks worse to us than it does to other people. You look great!

    How did you block this? I’ve wanted to make this cowl but wasn’t sure if I should lay it flat. I’m afraid there will be a line along the sides.

  8. Kat   •  

    I love this pattern in an ombre so much! Lila is absolutely adorable in that last picture, I can’t wait to see more in the outtakes!

  9. Jennifer   •  

    I love this ombre! That’s so true about yellow. I love yellow, but it washes out my skin, but this ombre may be the perfect solution! Thank you!

  10. Alicia   •  

    The cowl is gorgeous, and I think the colorway works well with your skintone and hair color! I don’t think you need lipstick at all. 🙂 You look lovely.

  11. Jordanna Rowan   •  

    Ohhhh Julie is this so beautiful! 🙂 It’s freezing here in London ON today— feels like 7! Brrr. I just got a haircut too, so I know that feeling. It needed to be done so badly— 5 inches off. Hurrah!

    I would have never thought of something like this for summer, but I’m one of those folks that is chilly all year. This is so perfect!

  12. Jessica [Havok]   •  

    Love the ombre and the lace! It’s a gorgeous cowl! The color is fantastic for Summer, but would also be good for Autumn, I’m betting! I’ve never heard of not being able to wear yellow…then again, I’m not too good in blue, ha, so I suppose things of that nature make a lot of sense, lol.

  13. Stefanie   •  

    Terrific finish! Girl, you look like a college student. You are gorgeous.

  14. kathy b   •  

    So lovely . I dont wear them well but I love people’s shawls

  15. Emily   •  

    Stunning!! It looks amazing in that ombre! (and I’m embarassed to admit that I’ve owned this pattern for at least two years without knitting it … eeesh!)

  16. Melissa   •  

    wow. just wow. that is gorgeous.

  17. Rebekah Evelyn   •  

    So pretty!!!! And that’s a great point about yellow and ombre. And, personally, I think the cowl stands out better without the lipstick. 🙂

  18. Val   •  

    Beautiful cowl and photoshoot, Julie! A much-needed accessory with mornings like yesterday’s and today’s, right? Holy cow does it ever feel chilly right now!

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  20. Duni   •  

    Honestly, I looked at the very first photo and thought, “wow, she really nailed her makeup and styling. Gorgeous!” No worries about the lipstick- I thought your natural color was lipstick! The cowl is amazing and the shots were worth the extra effort with the kiddos.

  21. Zeta   •  

    Absolutely stunning! Love love love the yarn’s color! Great job Julie!

  22. loulou   •  

    Wow, I’m with the gang … the cowl and the wearer are both gorgeous!

  23. Jennifer C.   •  

    This is just stunning! I want to cast one on right now.

  24. Tahnee   •  

    I indeed never really considered knitting a summer cowl, but this is so stunning and perfect for a chilly night. I can’t stop dreaming away looking at that gorgeous gradient!!!

  25. Tien   •  

    Wow, so beautiful! Perfect pairing of yarn and pattern. I love that last picture of you and Lila!

  26. Carla   •  

    It’s so pretty! I’m one of those people that can wear yellow because of my auburn hair. Yay!
    You look gorgeous in it

  27. Kessa   •  

    Wow! Such a pretty colourway and I think you used it to its advantage completely! Looks amazing on you and that last pic with Lila was so sweet. 🙂

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