Recuperating after a treatment, I looked out the window and became enthralled with a majestic old black willow tree. The textures in the bark and the magnitude of the trunk drew me in. Determined to capture and recreate what I saw in yarn, I created 6 mini design elements, which I then mixed and mingled on the knitting needles until the texture evoked that same majesty as the magnificent specimen God placed in front of me. As a final nod to the sparkling sunset haloing the massive tree, beads were added to the edges and cables.
2014 Pattern Update: Black Willow is back!! The completely revamped tech edited pattern includes modeled pictures fully written row by row directions and full charts.
Cowl – 26”/ 66cm long by 6”/ 15cm wide.
Scarf – 60-78”/ 152.5-198cm long by 6”/ 15cm wide.
2 (5) Skeins Aran Weight Yarn
(shown in Estelle Cloud Cotton – 100% organic cotton; 164 yards/ 150 meters; 100 grams/ 3.53 ounces)
US 9/ cm needles
1: 1.5”/ 4cm button (handmade recycled clay button shown)
120 (360) Japanese seed beads size 3/0
Steel crochet hook to fit beads
24 sts and 24 rows over 4”/ 10cm in pattern stitch.
- Even though in testing the pattern only 1 ball was required (cowl), when I knit it again, I came up short. 1 ball should be sufficient, but since it uses the entire ball and there is some variation in skein length, the pattern now calls for 2.