Friday, October 1, 2010

Name That Cowl Contest

As I mentioned last night,  next week marks the first blogiversary of French Press Knits.  In honor of this occasion, today we will start a little contest that will lead into a new pattern release next week.  I've been holding back this cowl for some time now:


  With October Stockpile starting in the Malabrigo Junkies Group on Ravelry, I figured there's no time like the present to launch a pattern that utilizes just one skein (yes, one!) of Malabrigo Worsted.


This pattern is worked in the round with a classic fan and feather pattern.  The hood is shaped with short-row shaping within the infinty-cowl style.  Knit on size 10 circular needles, this is sure to be another great last-minute gift idea.


And here's where you come in.  This cowl does not yet have a name, and of course it would love one.   In the comments section, please leave me suggestions for a name.  If I choose the name you suggest, you will win the cowl pattern upon release, and a skein of Malabrigo Worsted in purple Mystery to get your WIP started!


And that's not all!  Be one of the first 5 people to leave a comment with a name suggestion, and you will automatically win a pdf of the pattern emailed and/or gifted to you on Ravelry when the pattern is released next week. 

The winning name will be announced on Tuesday, October 5, with the pattern going live soon after.  Comment by Tuesday morning for your chance to win!

71 comments:

  1. Purple Passion would be my suggestion
    I LOVE that yarn. Purple rocks!!!

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  2. What about the "Grape Hyacinth" cowl. The color reminds me of those a lot!

    My ravelry name is snapple314

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  3. OK..there are way too many purple passions out there so how about

    capot violet

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  4. Hello! What a super thing to do for your fans! How about Ubergine? Combination of color (aubergine) and grand (uber) cowl/hood!

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  5. i was thinking heliotrope for the color since it has purple with a touch of pink...i kinda thought 'heliotrope hoody' or 'heliotrope hooded cowl' might fit nicely. love the pattern- i got a preview of one melissa had, it has a nice slouchy feel

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  6. I suggest the "Aravis Cowl" - because I am reading "The horse and his boy" to my daughter, and I think Aravis would have loved a cowl like this - it has just enough femininity and mystery, and just enough practicality, for a well-bred Tarkheena like Aravis who is not afraid to take on an adventure. Also I can totally see Aravis looking good in purple. And she could have used the hood to hide in when she didn't want to be recognised. And there is no Aravis pattern on Ravelry, so you'd be original!

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  7. I was thinking Fanfare Cowl (for the feather and fan stitch pattern used)

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  8. Too cute! I think you should call it the October Howl!

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  9. Maybe a little risque, but how about the Fan Dance Cowl?

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  10. I just left my submission for the contest (Fanfare Cowl) but forgot to link my name to Ravelry...this should fix it!

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  11. Why not use both? Fanciful Feathers cowl. (I'm so not creative...)

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  12. I love this cowl, the hood adds an little bit of an extra flare that I enjoy so much.

    My suggestion is Lila cowl. Lila is purple in German, and I always think of Germany in the fall due to Oktoberfest. :)

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  13. How about Howling Scowl for october and halloween!
    Kristin's Kraze on Ravelry .

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  14. My suggestion is "Spring Eternal" ... the beautiful color reminds me of lilacs and irises. The feather and fan stitch seem give it an airy feel. The perfect compliment to a cool spring evening, or a chilly fall night. - orangegiraffe on Ravelry

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  15. What about Peony Cowl? Reminds me a purple peony's..
    Beautiful pattern :)

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  16. How about the Pretty Purple Riding Hood?

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  17. How about "The Tickler Cowl" A tickle is something that brings a smile to your face, the cowl tickles your face as it encases it, and the pattern of the feather is also something that tickles.

    Karen@rothfus.com

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  18. I like "The One-skein Wonder"

    Or "The vee-oh-lay cowl" -- The French phonetic spelling of Violet (purple in French"

    Ravelry: QTKelC86

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  19. I've always wanted to knit a Simon Cowl. :)

    Or how about the Earnshaw Cowl...it reminds me of Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights...and strolling through the moors.

    claude.and.wilbur@gmail.com

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  20. Everyone has such great names! I would simply call it the "Perfect Cowl" - I can see myself making dozens! The hooded shaping on the cowl is absolutely PERFECT!!! Unique, yet simple. Love your designs :)

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  21. Lovely pattern... Maybe "A Circle of Purple (Lace)"

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  22. With that sweet hood, the Sleigh Ride Cowl.

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  23. Ah, another idea: The "Sugar Plum Cowl"

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  24. I like "Hoodini," since the hood sort of disappears when it's worn down around the neck. LOVE THIS PATTERN!

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  25. After seeing the posts from yesterday and today, I am rethinking my adversion to cowls. Your pictures and your patterns are winning me over! How about "Faniversary Cowl"?

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  26. I was going to suggest Hoodwinked but I have to admit I love Sleigh Ride and Aravis - you have a lot of great suggestions here!

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  27. umm 'Epiphany' or 'infinity' or maybe 'featherly' because of the fan and feather stitch pattern : )

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  28. Simply: A hooded cowl
    Urban: Fantabuloso cowl
    Just for fun: The Double Agent. (probably my favorite of what I came up with.)

    But those are my humble suggestions. If I were you, I'd name it the Aravis cowl. I'm personally not so sure about using the color as part of the name-no offence anyone, they're great name too- just that it will most likely be made in many colors once the pattern's out, not just purple. ;)

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  29. I suggest the Ludington Cowl, since some of your patterns have location names and I just picture walking in a senic area while wearing that cowl.

    But, Ludington is a top on Ravlery. Maybe the Madeline Island Cowl?

    Ravelry name: mnbadger

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  30. I love that you've named some of your patterns for things in Michigan, so how about Purple Rose for the theatre?

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  31. I love the pattern. I would just go with "The Purple Cowl."

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  32. It looked royal to me, I am sure it would make any wearer feel that way, so I am suggesting "Lady Guinevere".

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  33. This is a very clever design, the cowl has two ways that it could be worn, so how about dualCOWLity for the name of the pattern? Keppygirl Charlene Brown

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  34. I have anxiously been awaiting this pattern since you gave us a sneak peek months ago. I was beginning to worry that we wouldn't see it again with the baby coming and all!!! I vote for The Holy Cowl.

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  35. French Press Knits Cowlenhood!


    (or Cowlynhood, Cowlonhood, etc... if a differently spelled derivative tickles you more)

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  36. How about Fall Feathers Cowl? Lovely work - have a friend who's already informed me he wants one for him :)

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  37. How about the "Carisbrooke Cowl"?

    Ravelry name: cmlyttle

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  38. Capuchon pronounced ka-pu-shone (though the "on" should sound nasal)
    It's the French word for hood/cowl, and since you're French Press Knits, you should have a pattern named in French!
    Bonne chance!
    Ravelry name=lizsto

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  39. Maribou. Like those huge fans burlesque dancers used in the sixties!

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  40. WOW! Lots of wonderful suggestions out there it's going to be so hard for you to pick just one! My suggestion would be the violaceous cowl

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  41. How about " Through the Grape Vine"

    I am "Pamie" on Ravelry. Don't have facebook or a blog.

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  42. How about "Through the Grape Vine"

    No facebook or blog. I am "Pamie" on Ravelry.

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  43. Katie's Kowl is my suggestion b/c that is my dau's name who has been asking me to design and knit one for her for year. I knit, and altere designs, but don't design myself. This is perfect for her - I love it an can not wait to make one for her. So glad it is nearing publication Melynda I have been watching and waiting since I wrote to you ;) Judy11 on Rav

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  44. Capistrate -
    Ca`pis´trate
    a.1.(Zool.) Hooded; cowled

    just because it's always fun to make people find a dictionary to figure out what it means....

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  45. The Carrington Cowl - ravelry name xoxoandrea

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  46. Hmmm...how about: Cowl Up for Winter

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  47. Mystery Cowl suits it just fine.

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  48. How about Hoodie Cowl

    knitterofhats on Rav

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  49. Happy blogiversary in advance! I too like a little contest on my blogiversary ;-) Fan and feather? "Peacock" is what comes to me mind. That's the name that I submit! Mmmm... that Malabrigo purple yarn sure looks yummy... I hope I win ;-) I enjoy reading your blog!

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  50. petunia. that's my little girl's name.

    happy blogiversary!

    divamcknitster on rav

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  51. How about Cowl-a-la-Hood or Rockin in my hood

    Debbie in Alaska

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  52. Very pretty. Looks intricate. How about "Through the Grape Vine".



    Not on facebook and no blog. I am "Pamie" on Ravelry.

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  53. I love the name Aravis Cowl too. Good call woolcat!

    I honestly can't think of a name, so I'll just vote. :)

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  54. I like Tara's comment on you naming things after places in Michigan. This cowl looks like something I would definitely wear on a perfect fall day like today. One of my favorite places to be in the fall is Kensington Metropark so I vote for the Kensington cowl. It also looks like the sky when sun coming up over the lake at the park! :) Good luck!

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  55. The Maiden of the Mist cowl.

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  56. how about "grapes of wrap" !

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  57. In honor of your blessed event, I suggest - "Great Expectations." Good luck to you & I do hope that all goes well. -Lynn (Ravelry "nerdknitter")

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  58. "Mountain Lupine" because the color reminds me of those beautiful wildflowers from the rocky mountains

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  59. Queen Guinevere - because of the hood. When I looked up guinevere in wikipedia I found the following:

    "The Welsh form Gwenhwyfar, which seems to be cognate with the Irish name Findabair, can be translated as The White Enchantress...."

    So, Gwenhwyfar or Findabair would also work well....as in "while wearing this cowl, you will be an enchantress."

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  60. How about Velvet-Purple Coronet? It's a small purple and green bird from Columbia and Ecuador.

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  61. How about the Orchid Cowl? Both in color and in shape!

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  62. Royal Oak Cowl since the headpiece has a royal feel.
    AlpacaKnitser on Ravelry

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  63. I realized leaving an anonymous comment doesn't work for a contest entry! :)

    The Gwenhyfar/Findabair on Oct 3rd comment is mine. d33wcb on ravelry

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  64. i love the cofy cowlOctober 15, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    i missest spell-- it should i love the comfy cowl. i would make dozens for gifts

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  65. how about Cozy Cowl to keep you warm when its cold outside

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