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Substitute Yarns for a Chic New Take on a Pattern

This is a guest post from Kristen Mangus. She’s a loom-knitter and a blogger with her own series of helpful videos at To follow along with this project, click here.

Cowls always seem so chic and trendy to me; they look cozy without looking disheveled.  As a mom of three small children, cowls are so much easier than keeping a scarf on! I love that I can still look stylish and not have to worry if it was tied just right when on the go, don’t you?

Ridged Cowl Martha Stewart Crafts Lion Brand yarn Knit and Weave Loom Kit Assembly

So naturally I started looking for a cowl pattern that I liked. The Loom Knit Ridged Cowl pattern really struck me.  The rich, deep Red Dahlia shade of Martha Stewart Crafts Lofty Wool Blend that is featured in the design was beautiful & soft but wasn’t quite the choice for me. I needed a date cowl; one that is soft and luxurious but stylish for a night out, one that pulls attention to the face.

What I needed was Luxe Fur. It seemed that this yarn told me to make it into the Ridged Cowl. Does your yarn tell you what it wants to be, too? I imagined it to be like making a stylish muff for the hands but instead around my neck for that accessory that just makes an outfit work!

I’m a loom knitter. I can knit with needles but prefer my looms for less stress on my carpel tunnel and no dropped stitches. So I set out to work on my cowl and after some planning, just in GoodKnitKisses style, I made a video from start to finish.  You can find it on my YouTube channel; click here to loom along with me.  This pattern is made on the Martha Stewart Crafts Lion Brand Yarn Knit & Weave Loom Kit.

The Luxe Fur was easy to use on the loom. What I especially loved was that the fabric wasn’t too heavy; it was surprisingly lightweight. Although I could have knit the cowl in the round rather than flat, making it flat let me see how the pattern could be re-imagined into other items.  I think that is one of the best things about trying out a new style of yarn. Adding 9 more stitches at cast on could make it a cute shrug with a statement pin, broach, or even a handmade button at the top. Or you could cast on fewer stitches and use the two semi-circles included in the kit to knit a matching muff or even matching cuffs! The possibilities go on.

Ridged Cowl in Luxe Fur

The pattern calls for two skeins of the Martha Stewart Crafts Lofty Wool Blend, but I only ended up needing 1 entire skein of Luxe Fur. I found that it knitted up shorter in this yarn than expected, which can happen when you try using a different yarn with an existing pattern. If I were knitting this pattern again, I would add length with two more sections of ribs to make it even more stunning.

I received so many compliments on this cowl and my husband loved it! I hope you’ll join me in trying out Luxe Fur and knitting the Loom Knit Ridge Cowl.  Don’t be afraid to use a loom; it is simply another knitting tool to produce the same beautiful knits your friends and family (…and YOU) will adore!


Happy Looming!  -Kristen at GoodKnit Kisses.

For more tip & tutorials on looms and crafting visit my YouTube channel & subscribe. (Photos courtesy of Kristen Mangus ©2012 GoodKnit Kisses)


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  • I certainly plan to put Luxe Fur on my wish list, after seeing this! Lovely and makes one want to bury their face in it! Thank you for showing it off to such great advantage, Lion Brand definitely got the right person for this!  Jen!

  • I love this! I will have to go buy some Luxe Fur. I can hardly wait to try it. I guess I need to get the Martha Stewart loom/knit kit also. I watched your video. You always do a great job.

  • It’s cute and fuzzy , looks very soft exactly what you would want around your neck.

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