Pattern Spotlight: Camberwell by Lara Smoot

Today I want to share a beautiful new design by Lara Smoot called Camberwell.  Inspired by the Camberwell Beauty, Lara has created a multi-colored infinity style cowl using a simple chevron stitch and fingering weight yarn.

Not only is this design is the perfect solution to using up those small amounts of yarn that always seems to be left over when knitting socks or other small projects, but it’s a great stash busting project.  Of course after knitting this lovely cowl, you still will have a bit of left over yarn and Lara has yet another solution, a pair of matching mitts!

The Camberwell Beauty is one of the many magnificent butterflies that we see here in Virginia in the fall. They are known to be very strong flyers and can often be found outside of their normal range during migration. I’ve tried to capture the Camberwell Beauty’s stunning color and chevron like edging of it’s wings in the stitch pattern of the Camberwell Cowl. ~ Lara Smoot

Used with permission © Lara Smoot

Used with permission © Lara Smoot

Lara’s instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow.  This project is perfect for all levels of knitters and only requires a small amount of fingering weight yarn.  For the cowl, you will need approximately 370 yards of fingering weight yarn and a size US 5/3.75mm circular knitting needle.  For the mitts, you will need approximately 245 yards of fingering weight yarn and a set of size US 2/2.75mm double pointed needles.

I have to share that I LOVE this design, not only because I was one of the test knitters, but it really is awesome!  Christmas is just around the corner and this cowl, with matching mitts, would be a great gift!

You can find more of Lara’s designs online at Ravelry and Etsy, and follow her knitting adventures at Lara Smoot Designs.


I am very excited to share that Lara is giving away one PDF pattern of her new Camberwell design collection (cowl and mitts) to one lucky blog reader.

All you need to do is leave a comment and if you have a Raverly ID, be sure to leave that as well.  This giveaway is open to all and will end next Friday, October 11th.  The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and announced on Saturday, October 12th.  Lara will be emailing the pattern to the winner.

Thank you for entering, this giveaway is now closed!

17 thoughts on “Pattern Spotlight: Camberwell by Lara Smoot

  1. CeltChick

    Lovely design, thank you for spotlighting it! Cowls and mitts are some of my favorite gift knitting, as they can ususally be finished so quickly.
    AnnBan on Ravelry


  2. Sheila

    Lovely design! I’m thinking the cowl might work well to use up some of those random amounts of handspun. Heavier weight than the commercial sock yarn, but I think it could be easily adapted.

    SheilaOKeefe on Rav


    1. Lara

      The pattern is very adaptable to other weights of yarn. If you are using something a lot heavier, I would suggest doing fewer rows so the cowl won’t wind up too wide. It would be lovely in handspun!


  3. Sandie Knapp

    I am NOT entering for a free pattern, but I did want to say, I do like your cowl, and your choice of colors for it. It should go very well with many outfits


  4. Curls & Q

    Q – Quite lovely. This is the second project I’ve seen lately where the colors were based on butterflies. I have some gorgeous pics of butterflies, maybe I should do something on the colors of one? Hummmmmm


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