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  • So pretty (and looks warm, too).

  • Quick garter stitch fabulosity! (That’s not a word in WWF, I’m sure.) Thanks for the schmatta. So cute! But I’m going to need a longer neck.

  • This looks great! And what a lovely color of Rasta, too.

  • Must knit! I just tried to Rav it and couldn’t and was annoyed and then realized how premature I’m being. Ravelry has spoiled me rotten and now I instantly want a minimum of 40 versions of any given pattern for comparison purposes. Oh well. Guess I better make my own Schmattas and get ’em on there. I’m thinking that this will be perfect for Kids’ Teachers’ Presents.

  • Smart way to handle the buttonhole placement question! And options, too!
    I made an experimental pidge/smidge-thing, using “so-called” stitch and my very favorite luxe wool/silk worsted from Brooks Farm. The result is dense, colorful, and very pretty, but I am still pondering the how and where of buttons. It’s been a year now…maybe I’ll rip it out and knit a schmatta!

  • Thank you, especially for the buttonhole solution. I hate making buttonholes. And I just ordered some bulky yarn from Quince&Co., so I’m casting on as soon as it arrives! Keep warm up there.

  • Ohhhhhhh . . . I feel . . . a . . . spontanenous combustion of Schmatta knitting coming on . . . AWESOME!

  • This is just perfect! The Dove Promise (candy) of knitting – small yet satisfying. Thanks for the gift.

  • I recently won a skein of Brown Sheep Handpainted Burly Spun and I have, until now, been drawing a blank as to what to do with it! Bring on the Schamtta!

  • This is perfect. I’ve not got a lot of time for Christmas knitting this year. (I got sidetracked spinning rather than knitting, and when I looked up it was the end of November.) I see a bunch of these in my future. Thanks for the pattern!

  • Love this pattern… thank you! Can’t wait to try it with some super-bulky handspun.

  • Love it! Who could resist knitting a Schmatta?!

  • Thank you! My sister-in-law will love it, and I will feel brilliant. Huzzah!

  • Schmanks!

  • I can also see it buttoned so that the ends overlap at a right angle with each short edge matched to the other long edge, if that makes sense.

  • Ultra chic! I’m glad you included the modeled pics; up until then I thought it was smallish!

  • Again you have come up with stylish, fun last-minute holiday knitting for me! Thank you!

  • Perfect — thank you!

  • Thanks for giving me a new cowl to obsess over. That said, it means I have to buy buttons, does that still allow me to count it as a stash buster?????

  • oh thank you!
    I am stealing sadie’s big needles and chunky yarn for this. I need to get her to bind off tonight!

  • love your Eileen Fisher comment…that red cowl/wrap/shawl thing this season is fabulous and yes, I spent much time mentally figuring out how to knit it!

  • Dear Kay,
    schmatta in libyan dialect means Schadenfreude and fiasco. what a world. clever pattern too 🙂

  • This is a really cute idea. Love it! I was shocked to see you with WOOL!! Did you get the itchies or rash or whatever wool does to you? Hope not…

  • Great concept! May I assume that the yarn is a “chunky” weight?

  • Kay, fab cowl, but…could that be the now fuzzy Albers Gone Wild beneath it in the picture?

  • Houses are not very cheap and not everyone is able to buy it. However, personal loans are invented to help different people in such kind of hard situations.

  • I’ve finished one, started a second and ordered some yarn for more! Addictive much?

  • Thank you for this pattern. I just finished one using Lion Brand Homespun. It is a nice soft cowl. I may make another one using 2 strands of Homespun to see how it drapes. If I like them both I think I’ll be making a few more for Christmas presents.

  • Thanks for the pattern. I believe it’s just what I’m looking for…to accomplish something while I avoid composing a Christmas letter…now I need to let my super-knitter sister know about this!

  • Love, love, love the schmatta! Thanks soooooo much for the perfect last minute knitting gift. I’ve finished 2 already and planning to finish anothe one tonight. Digging through the button stash right now. Am I glad I picked up the giant knitting needles at Tuesday Morning last week (just in case). Thanks again.

  • And there, finally, is my reason to buy a skein of Rasta. Nothing did it for me until I saw full-on cowl mode.

  • I love that this could be buttoned as a moebius, too. Exciting!

  • Coming soon “Yiddish Knitting: from Shmate to Babushka & beyond.” This is spelling from “Complete Idiot’s Guide…” along with example of meaning: dress worn by ex-husband’s wife.

  • “Shmatta” can also refer to a personality- or be a slightly insulting comment about a person. It is kind of a person that never sticks up for themselves, or anything for that matter. It’s like the type of personality that people wipe the floors with- like a shmatta.

  • Very nice, and even better that it is so quick. Of course, I’m the woman who dislikes knitting with anything over a size 5 needle so I’ll have to make these with sock yarn or something similar!

  • Very, very impressive. I especially love that snowflake. It so beautiful. It reminds me from those which my wife made from Beads two and three dimensional.

  • I made one of these 6 or 7 years ago and still use it frequently. I have wished that it were larger, so guess what? I’m making another one now that I’ve retrieved the pattern. This time, I’m downloading it AND noting it in Ravelry. Love you!