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Two Classes and a Teaser

I’m pleased to announce I’ll be teaching at the Haus of Yarn here in Nashville, a class on the Bogolan cowl!

blue bogolan

I’m sure it’ll be quite awesome. There are some fiddly but useful techniques in Bogolan (provisional cast-on, 3-needle bind-off) that can really supplement your knitting prowess. Also – I can’t wait to see what colors and patterns other people choose!

We’ve scheduled two sessions. The Sunday session is already full, but there may be a few spaces left in the Thursday session, which will begin Nov. 14. You can contact the Haus for more info on signing up.

In other news, I’ve been working my wee little fingers off on something new.

chelsea in progress

I tried to design the exact pullover that I want, right at this moment, in a yarn that I am loving. I hope to share more pictures very soon.

It’s finally starting to get cold here in Tennessee. It just smells like cozy tea & sweater-knitting weather, all chill and dreary and mysterious. Time for all the spooks and ghosties to come out and play. I heard Bartleby, our local barred owl, hoo-ing to one last night…

I am so touched, y’all.


Seriously, you guys are the best. I am amazed and so proud to announce the first of (hopefully) many Bogolan donations to Women for Women International. They had a dollar-for-dollar drive that ended last night, so I went ahead and sent what we had raised – which was $260. With the $ for $ matchup that should bring them a total of $520.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support! Hopefully the momentum won’t die down too much. I’ll continue to provide updates here on donations, probably about once a month.

P.S. I got myself a Twitter account, because that was the first thing I ever really wanted to Tweet! I’m no social media fiend, but if you feel like it, follow me on Twitter! Also, you can now Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


Happy Saturday! I’ve published a new pattern. Introducing, Bogolan.



A series of reversible cowls inspired by West African bogolanfini (“mud cloth”) textiles. Mix and match colors and patterns to make it your own.

I used black and white, but imagine the color possibilities! My project pages are here, here, and here.


Bogolan is like five patterns in one. There are five different charts for five different motifs. It’s worked in-the-round, beginning with a provisional cast-on and ending with a 3-needle bind-off. The result is no exposed floats, which means there’s nothing to catch on your glasses when you pull it over your head. ;-)


Bogolanfini seems to be having a moment. If you aren’t already familiar with it, it can be very graphic and beautiful. Sometimes it appears to be so full of joy! I love the geometric rhythms of both traditional and modern interpretations of bogolanfini, and am happy to join along in the trend.


Most bogolanfini motifs are more complicated and diverse than those in the Bogolan cowl. It was quite exciting to fuse together two such divergent crafting traditions, one from the northern reaches of Europe and another from pre-colonial West Africa. I wanted to streamline the motifs, to make them workable and wearable in a modern context, while retaining the vibrancy of the inspirational source.


Bogolan is, incidentally, a great project for a Fair Isle beginner.

pattern: Bogolan, by Elizabeth Davis

size: one size

yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Fresco

colorway: 5313 (black) and 5301 (white)

needles: sz 4


I am the Bogolan monster!


By the way, this is a charity pattern. All proceeds from the sale of Bogolan through December 2014 will be donated to Women for Women International, an organization that helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives. There is a lot of rebuilding to do. It is, in all seriousness, a humbling mission. Bogolan costs $3 and can be purchased through Ravelry or by clicking this button:

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