Hello World

September 15, 2010 § 3 Comments

Welcome to my blog, Tirso Designs. My name is Nina Rose, and I’m a knitter based out of Philadelphia. There’s so many things I’m inspired by, and I finally have a place to put them, along with my own creations!

My favorite season in this city is fall, and it’s almost here. One thing that was missing out of my wardrobe though, was a versatile piece that could be worn as a hood, cowl, and poncho in breezy weather. I love the jewel tones that are available from Manos del Uruguay, especially in the Rittenhouse Merino 5-ply.

Here’s a recipe for just that… the Edith Convertible Cowl:

Melissa in the Edith convertible cowl


I used two skeins of Manos del Uruguay’s Rittenhouse Merino 5-Ply in color #509 Maroon for the MC (main color) and one skein of Ella Rae Classic Solids and Marls in color #22 Taupe for the CC (contrasting color).

18 stitches x 26 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch on US size #7 needles.


K – knit

P – purl

K2tog – knit 2 together

YO – yarn over

With MC, cast on 152 stitches. Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.

Work in (K2, P2) ribbing for 6 rounds.

Work in stockinette stitch for 13″.

Next round: (K2tog, YO) to the end of the round.

Work in (K2, P2) ribbing for 6 rounds.

Bind off loosely in pattern and weave in ends. Block.

Using CC, make a 4-stitch i-cord about 60″ long. Bind off and weave in ends.

Thread i-cord through the (K2tog, YO) holes. Make 2 pompoms in CC and attach one on each end of the i-cord.

Tie in a pretty bow and wear! You can pull the drawstrings tighter to wear as a cowl or hood, or loosen it to wear over the shoulders as a poncho. The versatility is key πŸ™‚

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