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Fairlington Cowl & Giveaway!

UPDATED 1/30/15: Congratulations to reader, Elaine! Elaine check your email.



Go on, try not to smile at that word if you’re a knitter.

I’ve been working with Pepperberry Knits (you may remember the free Retro Norwegian Hat and the Demmit Hat I did in their yarn) and am excited to introduce another pattern in their scrumptious cashmere, the Fairlington Cowl.


I love a good knitting challenge, so when I was sent 2 hanks in Mulberry of their glorious Pepperberry Knits 100% Cashmere Bulky Soft Spun Solid, a nicely plied, subtle multi-colored bulky cashmere, I knew I only had 140 yards to work with. I immediately thought “cowl,” since cashmere is warmer than wool and I suffer from a constantly cold neck. Charting out a pattern was tricky, since I knew a lace pattern wouldn’t show up as well with the multi-colored hue. Cables not only bulk up a finished knitting garment by being slightly thicker in the cable-crossing areas, but they keep the shape of a cowl, add another dimension of texture and let’s face it, they’re great fun to knit.


Knitting up on US 11’s, I was done with this cowl before I knew it, grabbing a few rows here and there at preschool pickup and drop off, while we waiting for the doors to open. Named after the town our preschool is located, the interesting cable pattern and large needle size means you can cut the chill in no time.


Let’s give a copy of the Fairlington Cowl away, shall we? Answer this trivia question in the comments section to be entered in to win a free copy of the pattern, open to readers worldwide. A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow, Friday, January 30th:

What is the only mammal in the world that cannot jump?

Download the Fairlington Cowl pattern here.


30 Comments Post a comment
  1. lindarumsey #

    Adult elephants can’t jump. But there are other mammals that can’t either, like sloths, hippos and rhinos. Although, unlike elephants, hippos and rhinos can have all four feet off the ground at the same time when they run.

    January 29, 2015
  2. laura irwin #


    January 29, 2015
  3. phpdwp #

    Elephants are the only ones that cannot jump.

    January 29, 2015
  4. amyholterman #


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  5. Beverly #

    Elephants, but hippos, rhinos and sloths can’t either.

    January 29, 2015
  6. Ellen Mahar #

    Elephants, hippos, and rhinos cannot jump, sloths either.

    January 29, 2015
  7. jahknot #

    I think it is an elephant!!

    January 29, 2015
  8. Lori #


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  9. mooskers5 #

    elephants, hippos, rhinos and sloths

    January 29, 2015
  10. Dawn K #


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  11. Stitchinstacey #

    Elephants, I hope?

    January 29, 2015
  12. Rose Driscoll #


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  13. carla #

    Definitely the elephant !!

    January 29, 2015
  14. Sbalstad #


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  15. Nat Warshawer #

    Elephants, Hippos, Rhinos and Sloths

    January 29, 2015
  16. Cynthia #

    Elephants…I think…nope, I am sure, ‘cuz I never forget, Hah!

    January 29, 2015
  17. Lorinda #

    While it is true that adult elephants can’t jump, there are other mammals that can’t either, like sloths, hippos and rhinos. Although, unlike elephants, hippos and rhinos can have all four feet off the ground at the same time when they run, but that is not a “jump”.

    January 29, 2015
  18. Elephants!

    January 29, 2015
  19. Joanne #

    Elephants! Thank you for saying you have a chilly neck- I too am cold during the winter, am layered-up every day …and thankful I am a knitter. I love the hazy hot days of summer, but even then carry a shawl for when I am in air conditioned ” comfort” offices.

    January 29, 2015
  20. Karen #

    Elephants can’t jump (maybe they just don’t want to). Rhinos, sloths, hippos can’t jump either.

    January 29, 2015
  21. Carol #


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  22. elaine #

    An elephant 🙂
    Beautiful cowl. Looks very warm and cozy for a winter day.

    January 29, 2015
  23. Monica DeAngelis #


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  24. Laura Abramson #

    Elephants can’t jump – they can run you down though!

    January 29, 2015
  25. Gillian Halicki #


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    • Gillian Halicki #

      Many! Elephants, Rino’s, slothes and hippos.

      January 30, 2015
  26. karen machado #

    Love your challenges! Technically, it is the elephant, because they don’t have knee caps. But we must also include hippos, rhinos and the ever loveable sloth. Personally, if I were a sloth, I would not leave my tree, not even to jump! Ha!

    January 30, 2015
  27. Dee #

    Elephants, Hippos, Rhinos

    January 30, 2015
  28. donnac368 #

    Yes technically sloths join elephants in that category. Although rhinos and hippos don’t jump, when they run it is possible for all four of their feet to leave the ground simultaneously.

    January 30, 2015
  29. Sue K #

    I’m going to break this trend and say whales

    February 2, 2015

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