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Khuno & Garner + Kit Giveaway!

UPDATE: 6.11.15: Congratulations to winner Ge Ge with the correct answer of Irene! Ge Ge check your email!

If you didn’t win, head over to Dragonfly Fibers where they’ve made kits using the same colors I did! kits available here.


I’ve been on a cowl kick lately, dear readers. The summer is always a hectic time – school is ending, we need to switch our mindset from SCHEDULE EVERYTHING to kicking back a bit and relaxing. Our family spends more time in the car together on long-distance trips this time of year and I like to grab a few project bags with smaller projects to take with me when we hit the road (and let’s be honest here, I spend more time thinking about what knitting I’m bringing with me than anything else we pack). If you’re like me, you happily relinquish the wheel and would rather be on the passenger side because that means more knitting time. Tucked in-between car snacks, a zillion project bags and a gallon of iced tea you’ll find me happily knitting away as we roar down the highway.


Cowls are the perfect car knitting project. They fit easily in your lap, they don’t take up much room, they’re easily put down and picked back up again and they make perfect gifts. With cowls you don’t have to worry about if it’ll fit whomever you’re knitting for and can focus more on pattern, color and fiber. There’s no right or left, minimal finishing and they’re one of the best projects to learn a new technique on.


It’s no secret I’m addicted to Fair Isle. I’ll shout it from the rooftops all day long – BRING ON THE STRANDED COLORWORK KNITTING! We all have our favorite techniques, and this is mine. With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to my latest TanisKnits designs, the Khuno Cowl and the Garner Cowl, both fair isle cowl projects.


Khuno Cowl


Knitting up on US 10 24″ circular knitting needles on the wonderfully squishy and soft hand dyed Dragonfly Fiber’s Super TravellerKhuno is inspired by a dream I had about being on an archeological dig looking for Incan artifacts (maybe I’ve been watching too much Indiana Jones?). A great excuse to use that super bulky hank of variegated yarn you have in your stash paired with a solid, or use 2 highly contrasting solids (if you have trouble choosing colors, read my color theory post here), big yarn = big stitches = fast knitting. I love Latvian Braids and here they add texture as well as weight to keep the ends from curling over. I know the warm weather just got here after a brutal winter, but I’m looking forward to the temperatures dipping back down so I can wear this little beauty around my neck.


Garner Cowl

If you’re looking for more traditional colorwork knitting, the Garner Cowl will appease that craving. Designed and knit while watching my way through Alias, the tone on tone stranded colorwork is a nod to the Scandinavian influence seen in some fair isle work. Knit in Imperial Yarn’s Erin and knit up on US 7 24″ circular knitting needles, I love the two blues together and how it creates unisex appeal. Because stranded colorwork makes a double-thick fabric, this classy cowl will keep you super warm. If you work in a chilly office that keeps the air conditioning cranked up, why not knit yourself one to keep you from shivering under the vent?

Now for the giveaway… One lucky reader will not only win a copy of the Khuno Cowl pattern, but the wonderful folks at Dragonfly Fibers are generously letting that same winner pick 2 colors of Super Traveller (winner’s choice of what colors they want) to make the cowl with! Thanks, Dragonfly Fibers!

Answer this trivia question correctly to be entered in to win the random drawing: What is the name of Indiana Jones’ secretary (in The Last Crusade Indiana Jones says her name) and is also the name of one of my grandmothers? A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday and contacted by me via email. The winner will be posted on this updated post that same day. Good luck!

Happy travels this summer, wherever the road takes you. Pack lots of knitting and drive safe!

Download the Khuno Cowl pattern here and the Garner Cowl pattern here.

52 Comments Post a comment
  1. Renee #

    Irene which happens to be my Aunt’s name too. Beautiful cowls, always wanted to try colorwork knitting.

    Great giveaway!

    June 9, 2015
  2. Trina #

    I believe it’s Irene. Those cowls are just beautiful.

    June 9, 2015
  3. Christine (BellyLaugher on Rav) #

    Lovely cowls! Indie’s secretary’s name was Irene.

    June 9, 2015
  4. Cathy Hosek #

    Irene! Lovely design.

    June 9, 2015
  5. Jenny Kalthoff #

    Irene is Indiana Jones’ secretary. And yes, I had to look it up even though I love The Last Crusade.

    June 9, 2015
  6. It is amazing what one can find on the internet. I’ve never seen the movie, but easily found that Irene was his secretary. Julie Eccles played the role. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I really like both cowls, though my favorite is Garner.

    June 9, 2015
  7. lindarumsey #

    Her name is Irene. I love knitting Fair Isle and cowls too!

    June 9, 2015
  8. Meryle greenberg #

    Her name is Irene. Love the cowl

    June 9, 2015
  9. Pam Golenzer #

    Her name is Irene. Love love love the cowls! Thank you!

    June 9, 2015
  10. Virginia Smith #

    Her name is Irene. Both cowls are lovely but Garner is my favorite.

    June 9, 2015
  11. Her name was Irene. I’ve never tried Latvian Braids and they look interesting!

    June 9, 2015
  12. Claudia #

    Irene. “Irene will take everyone’s name…”

    June 9, 2015
  13. Irene was her name. I’ve never done Latvian Braids and they look very interesting!

    June 9, 2015
  14. stjeanne456 #


    Sent from my iPad


    June 9, 2015
  15. elaine #

    His secretary’s name was Irene. Love your new cowl patterns! Can’t wait to give them a try 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win one and some squishy Drangonfly, too!

    June 9, 2015
  16. Anne #

    The name is Irene. Thank you for the giveaway! I love your designs, these 2 cowls are just beautiful! Great idea for the holidays.

    June 9, 2015
  17. His secretary’s name is Irene. And I am in looooove with the Khuno Cowl. Oh you are so generous. I hope I get to win. Dragonfly is the best. This is certainly a great knit to transition from socks.

    June 9, 2015
  18. Cindy #

    What a fun project! Her name is Irene.

    June 9, 2015
  19. Beautiful! I haven’t ventured in to much Fair Isle and this could be an excellent step.
    Dr. Jones’ secretary was Irene.

    June 9, 2015
  20. Patricia McHan #

    The secretary’s name is Irene, I’ve always loved that scene in the movie, here’s hoping Harrison Ford is in the 5th Indiana Jones. I’m also a huge fan of Fair Isle and love both patterns.

    June 9, 2015
  21. Ruth C #

    Irene…and I had to research, too. Great yarn, great patterns, great movie!

    June 9, 2015
  22. Beverly #

    Irene was the secretary’s name. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    June 9, 2015
  23. Karen #

    Irene!!! Thx for the giveaway opportunity!!

    June 9, 2015
  24. Kim #

    Irene was Indian Jones’ secretary and also the name of my Great-Aunt.

    June 9, 2015
  25. Dawn K #

    Irene was her name!

    June 9, 2015
  26. Hope Benson #

    Her name was Irene

    June 9, 2015
  27. Ricki #

    I see by all the replies that Irene was her name. I honestly didn’t know, and because I didn’t look it up don’t want to be included in the lottery, but I wanted to tell you that I especially liked the Garner cowl and was curious as to the edging on the cowl. At first I thought that it was garter ridges, but looking closer it seems like it is braided. Thank you

    June 9, 2015
  28. Irene! Loving the Khuno pattern 🙂

    June 9, 2015
  29. Carol F. #

    Irene! Love this. Thanks for the chance 🙂

    June 9, 2015
  30. Irene!

    Good gravy those color combinations are gorgeous!

    June 9, 2015
  31. Nicole #

    Irene! Lovely design.

    June 9, 2015
  32. Heather #

    I think her name is Irene. I love your cowl design. Reminds me of arrows!

    June 9, 2015
  33. laineyhf #

    Her name is Irene. And I also love those cowls, thanks for this wonderful drawing!

    June 9, 2015
  34. Tracie Hinds #

    Indiana’s secretary’s name was Irene. Good trivia questions , I love all the Indiana Jones movies. 🙂

    June 9, 2015
  35. Cynthia #


    June 9, 2015
  36. Kim #

    Her name is Irene. I love the patterns. The colors you chose for the pictures are also fantastic.

    June 9, 2015
  37. Rose #

    Her name was Irene.

    June 9, 2015
  38. phpdwp #

    Irene and I love the designs

    June 9, 2015
  39. Anne Bean #


    June 9, 2015
  40. Katie #

    So beautiful! Indy’s secretary was Irene.

    June 9, 2015
  41. Marsha #

    Irene! Gorgeous new patterns, yet again!! 🙂

    June 9, 2015
  42. Deborah Graham #

    Irene. Spectacular cowls!

    June 9, 2015
  43. Anita Dodds #

    your cowls are gorgeous ! I love Fairisle also. Irene is the answer you were looking for. Thanks

    June 10, 2015
  44. Her name was Irene. The cowls are beautiful.

    June 10, 2015

    Irene was her name and I would love to try color work on these beautiful cowls!

    June 10, 2015
  46. amyholterman #

    Irene is also my great aunts name. I love fair isle, too!

    June 10, 2015
  47. Irene happens to be my middle name!

    June 10, 2015
  48. Sara Watkins #

    Irene!! Love the cowls:)))

    June 10, 2015
  49. Pamela Narveson #

    Irene was Indie’s secretary’s name. 🙂 I am a total Indiana Jones fan. Both of the cowls are so striking and beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win!

    June 10, 2015
  50. Cynthia #

    Uhhh….I’m going to go with “Irene”, a lovely name! As Peter, Paul & Mary sang, “Goodnight Irene, I’ll see you in my dreams”….extra points for naming a song with Irene in it???

    June 10, 2015
  51. jahknot #

    I am pretty sure her name is Irene… LOVE your cowls.. I have just started making them and find them lots of fun!!!

    June 11, 2015
  52. Thanks so much Tanis. This cowl is so beautiful, I can’t wait to make it.

    June 17, 2015

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