New Pattern: Irene Adler

Wear it long and open over the shoulders.

Wear it long and open over the shoulders, almost like a necklace.

I love Sherlock Holmes. I love Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes stories, I love the Robert Downey Jr. movies, and I absolutely adore the BBC modernized Sherlock. From the very beginning, I’ve had great admiration for the only woman who won the respect of Sherlock Holmes: Irene Adler. She’s clever and witty and she wins. She beats Holmes and so few do. So when Jade Sapphire sent me this gorgeous Sylph (cashmere/linen blend, wonderful drape, and the cashmere blooms magnificently when it’s wet blocked), I set out to knit a cowl that I thought all of the iterations of Irene would wear.

The cashmere is soft but the linen lends it a great crispness. The stockinette sections gather gently before and after the garter stitch and the beads glitter subtly in

Or wear it doubled and let those gathered sections bunch and drape.

Or wear it doubled and let those gathered sections bunch and drape.

the eyelet portions. Doyle’s Irene would wear it double wrapped to the train station during her swift escape. Rachel McAdams’ Irene would toy with it while conspiring with Moriarty. And Lara Pulver’s Irene would wear it long…and with nothing else. Channel your inner Irene with this one–you’ll love it. Pattern available here!

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