As a knitwear designer, I find inspiration in many places, but some of my favorite designs come from moments of personal significance. The Xavier Cowl is one such design, inspired by the early days of my relationship with my husband.

In those days, we would often dine out at cozy restaurants, and my husband would scribble on paper tablecloths, creating impromptu art that captured our conversations and laughter. Those moments were precious to us, and they became the inspiration for the Xavier Cowl.



Last year, I was ill for a few weeks and had no strength to knit. However, our anniversary was approaching, and I wanted to create something special for my husband. Despite my weakened state, I managed to knit a beanie and cowl set that reminded him of those early days. I chose three colors in the original version, using yarn from Hobbii.



The beanie and cowl set became a symbol of our love and the memories we had created together. It was a labor of love, and seeing my husband's reaction when he opened his gift was priceless. This was one of the times where I realized, once more, the power of knitting to convey emotions and create lasting memories.

Shortly after finishing the set, I received yarn in the mail from Hobbii for a future collaboration.



The yarn was Upcycled Alpaca Blend, and my son loved it as soon as he saw it. He asked for a set to match his dad's, and I started working on it right away.

I made a few changes to the pattern, using two colors instead of three and creating an infinity cowl.



We had planned a couple of trips where we would be walking outside for a long time, still during Winter. I finished the set just a few days after I started, and my son loved it. He wore it on a trip to New York, staying warm while looking stylish against the backdrop of the city.



I knew I had to share this pattern with other knitters. The Xavier Cowl is now available on my website, Etsy, and Ravelry.

A few details about the pattern:



Tube circumference: 8 ½” / 21.5 cm long unfolded and 16 ¾” / 42.5 cm circumference without being stretched. Length after joining for a circle: 60.5” / 153 cm



Upcycled Alpaca Blend from Hobbii (34% Acrylic, 33% Alpaca, 33% Wool; 218 yds / 200 m; 3.5 oz / 100 g).

MC: Raven (654 yds / 598 m; 10.5 oz / 298 g)

CC: Gray (124 yds / 113 m; 2 oz / 57 g)



Size US 6 / 4 mm - 24” / 60 cm circular, or size needed to obtain gauge 





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Every design comes from my inspiration, but every knitter can make it their own by adding their favorite colors or making other modifications.

I invite you to try the Xavier Cowl and add it to your handmade wardrobe. I hope it brings you warmth and joy, just as it has for me and my family.

Happy knitting, 


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