Years ago, I was in a job I didn’t love which required me to travel to Phoenix for a conference. After a long, dreary day under artificial, hotel conference room lighting, I stepped outside just in time to see a stunning sunset.
The beautiful browns, yellows, and oranges really lifted my spirit. The colors were in contrast with the blues and purples I usually see in New York City sunsets. I tucked that image away in my mind for a future project.
A few years later, Knit Picks was seeking designs for a collection that was heavily influenced by the same colors. I matched my idea for that design with a really cool stitch pattern and submitted the design. It wasn’t chosen for the collection, but Knit Picks provided me with yarn so that I could submit the pattern to their Independent Designer Partnership Program.
And thus, the Phoenix Sunset was born.
I used one skein each of City Tweed Aran/Heavy Worsted in three colors.
I crocheted it flat, so it could be worn as a scarf. I decided to join the short edges to make a circle scarf/infinity cowl, since I tend to wear those more often.
It’s so cozy and we’re experiencing a cold spell. It was pretty tough to mail away the sample to Knit Picks (so they can add it to their pattern collection). This is definitely a project I’ll be excited to see again. I love the ripples and the texture, as well as the colors (which work well with my winter coat).
The Phoenix Sunset pattern is now available for pre-order on Ravelry. You can save 50% using the coupon code phoenix through Friday, February 7. The completed pattern will be uploaded this weekend, and you’ll get an email/Ravelry message update if you’ve already ordered it.
The pattern uses chains, double crochets, increases, and decreases. I’m including two photo tutorials – one for the front post cluster (the stitch creating those beautiful, textured v shapes) and one for the invisible seam if you want to make it into a cowl.
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