One of the simplest designs in my Woodland Critters Collection is the Deer in the Meadow Cowl. It’s a relatively quick knit, in hypoallergenic DK cotton and linen, with super simple construction. Nevertheless, it’s a really eye-catching garment with a pretty Fair Isle motif and deer grazing in the meadow!
While the construction of the cowl was really easy to figure out, the motifs? Not so much. I started out with the deer motif from my Woodland Critters Scarf as my inspiration.
Just above the deer is the basic “grass” motif. I just needed to combine them, placing the grass at the hooves of the deer. However, These alert deer don’t exactly give a “grazing” vibe! So I wanted to create a second deer munching on the grass.
Easier said than done! This was a tough job, and I spent hours studying images of deer, then charting and re-charting the grazing deer until I had it just right. I also had to fiddle a bit with the grass so that the deer looked just right in the meadow.
Next I needed a Fair Isle motif to frame the deer. Finding a motif that will fit within the right number of stitches is always a challenge. I finagled this one a bit so that it would work out correctly. I also wanted a good contrast to the blues and browns, so I made sure that the main colors were white and green.
A bit of ribbing on either end, and the design was complete! I really like the feel of the Knit Picks Cotlin, a cotton/linen blend yarn. It’s surprisingly warm, especially with the stranded knitting making a double layer, but it’s nice and soft, with good stitch definition. Definitely a great yarn choice for a cowl!
Next time, I will offer a simple tutorial on long carries using the Deer in the Meadow Cowl. I’ll see you then!
This is adorable! Those fawns make me think of spring.
Bridget Pupillo says
Aww, thank you! Yes, I love the fawns too!