December 7: It Takes a Village

When we decided to become a Rowan Flagship Store, we knew that doing it properly would require lots of samples. Lots and lots of samples! Even though Jeannie is a virtual knitting machine, I realized we’d need help. Lots and lots of help!

We put out a call back in May, and quickly assembled a small village of sample knitters from across Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. Despite working on a very short deadline, thanks to these ladies we were able to overwhelm you with samples at our Flagship Store Launch. Today I’d like to spotlight their hard work.

mode at rowan

Haze – MODE Big Wool Textures
knitted by Courtney Wilson

worked in Big Wool

MODE 010 knitted by Christina Bushman
worked in Kid Classic

Sweater – Mode 011 knitted by Jennifer White
worked in Alpaca Classic
Skirt – MODE 006 knitted by Shauna Lancelot

worked in Alpaca Soft DK
Scarf – Arabella knitted by Jeannie Benson

worked in Alpaca Classic

MODE 007 knitted by Sarah Steele
worked in Kid Classic

Latte – MODE Brushed Fleece knitted by Cery Norvelle
worked in Brushed Fleece
pattern complimentary with purchase of ROWAN yarn for this project
MODE 002 knitted by Nina Wegrzyn-Van Zant
worked in Kid Classic

MODE 013 knitted by Chesli Roberts
worked in Cocooon

MODE at Rowan, a new concept featuring timeless designs that can be layered and worn through this season and beyond.


Waffle Sweater (All Year Round) knitted by Tina Stone
worked in Cotton Cashmere
Flurry Cardigan (Kim Hargreaves Flutter) knitted by Evelyn Norvelle
worked in Kidsilk Haze
Eliot Scarf (Magazine 66 Bookbound) knitted by Jeannie Benson

worked in Felted Tweed

Eliot (Magazine 66 Bookbound) knitted by Tina Stone
worked in Felted Tweed

Lang (Cashmere Tweed Collection) knitted by Heather Keith
worked in Cashmere Tweed

Bay (Felted Tweed Aran Knits) knitted by Jenna Port
worked in Felted Tweed Aran
pattern complimentary with purchase of ROWAN yarn for this project

Penga (Magazine 65) knitted by Linda Weston
worked in Creative Linen

Peace (Magazine 66 Focus) knitted by Shauna Lancelot
worked in Island Blend

Restore (Magazine 65) knitted by Evelyn Norvelle
worked in Cotton Glacé and Kidsilk Haze

Yoko (Magazine 65) knitted by Tina Stone
worked in Fine Lace

Snug Wrap (All Year Round) knitted by Tina Stone
worked in Softyak DK

Mouse (Baby Knits) knitted by Ellen McKenzie
worked in Baby Merino Silk DK

Rosemary (Precious Knits) knitted by Anne Holbrook
worked in Baby Cashsoft Merino

and even more samples!

And after tackling all of the Rowan samples many of our knitters were ready to take on more! We turned our focus to some of the numerous other yarn lines that we stock in the store.

Nightshift knitted by Sarah Steele
worked in Berroco Medina, pattern available for download on Raverly

Zuma Poncho knitted by Chelsi Roberts
worked in Araucania Mana, pattern free with purchase of Mana silk yarn

Chevron Baby Blanket knitted by Chelsi Roberts
worked in Rowan Handknit cotton, pattern available as a free Raverly download

Jacinta Capelet by Ellen McKenzie
worked in Amano Puyu, pattern available for download on Raverly

Demi Lune Scarf knitted by Sarah Steele
worked in Lang Canapa, pattern available for download on Raverly

Venice knitted by Jennifer White
worked in Araucania Ollagua, pattern free with purchase of Ollagua linen yarn

Lets give these ladies a hand! ?? Keep in mind that many of the Autumn 19/20 Rowan pieces were knit from pattern drafts with no schematics – much more challenging than a polished final. We have an amazingly talented group of customers, don’t you think?

Looking for more project inspiration? Check out the INSPIRATION area of our newly redesigned website for more knit and crochet ideas.

I have a fun prize for one lucky reader today – an assortment of Rowan patterns including the new MODE at Rowan Vol. 1 and a ROWAN accessory pouch from DellaQ. Simply leave a comment on this post on what you love to knit (or crochet) the most.

You have until midnight tonight! Check back tomorrow to see who wins.

congratulations emily schnabel – you’re the winner of the rowan patterns and goodies!

Please note that all prizes must be picked up at our shop no later than February 1, 2020. We do not mail or ship prizes.


  • Sheri Blaylock

    07.12.2019 at 05:27

    My favorite knits are lightweight tees in the summer and warm, wooly scarves and mittens in the winter!!!

  • Cassie Baugh

    07.12.2019 at 08:09

    I’m always freezing so I love knitting wraps, scarves, and most of all, socks. Anything to keep warm!

  • Amanda Stevens

    07.12.2019 at 08:12

    My favorite things to knit are sweaters and cardigans, mostly for my son but I’ve finally started making some for myself.

  • Shawna Lancelot

    07.12.2019 at 08:17

    I enjoy knitting shawls and wraps. Nighshift is beautiful!

  • Ellen McKenzie

    07.12.2019 at 08:17

    It was so fun to be one of your sample knitters (thank you for the opportunity) …Awesome patterns & yarn. I’m in awe of the finished projects—something for all skill levels.

  • Deborah Kimble

    07.12.2019 at 08:42

    I love knitting shawls & wraps. Working on an older Rowan pattern…Norse Scarf…with Cocoon. Can’t wait to finish it!

  • Nyree Coffman

    07.12.2019 at 08:45

    I love to crochet hats and scarves!

  • Marilee Camerer

    07.12.2019 at 08:45

    ? I love to crochet scarves and baby blankets❣️

  • Tammy Adamson

    07.12.2019 at 08:47

    ????way to go ladies!!!! My favorite to knit lately are sweaters. (The sample sweater I made fits nicely over a teddy bear for my oldest granddaughter ?).

  • Amber Ketchum

    07.12.2019 at 09:10

    I love knitting & crocheting beanies!! I just made my very first buffalo plaid one!

  • Amanda Shirley

    07.12.2019 at 09:19

    I love to knit shawls!

  • Donna J Miller

    07.12.2019 at 09:30

    These are absolutely gorgeous! I knit mostly scarves, wraps and hats. But I love knitting socks using your Mom’s pattern. I’m slow at socks but I always have a pair on needles. Right now are Christmas socks I started LAST year. Maybe they will be done in 2020….

  • Courtney Wilson

    07.12.2019 at 09:44

    I love to knit all the things! I am thinking I want to knit some bobbles really soon!!

  • Pattye Van McAbee

    07.12.2019 at 09:46

    I love to knit hats and cowls!!

  • Karyn Cook

    07.12.2019 at 09:59

    I like to crochet afghans

  • Liz Hall

    07.12.2019 at 10:08

    Shawls and vowels. I bought the yarn to do the Nightshift shown last week.

  • Sherry Irvin

    07.12.2019 at 10:21

    You had a wonderful group of people knitting for you. Wow
    I enjoy knitting ?. I have knitted Christmas stock. Wrap, Hats (lots) and scarf.

  • Jennifer White

    07.12.2019 at 10:22

    I have knit mostly shawls but in truth I just love to knit! Great to see all the wonderful work done bu the sample knitters. ??

  • Judy Smith

    07.12.2019 at 10:24

    My favorite thing to knit is socks, however currently I am in a shawl and sweater mode.

  • Betty Schlotthauer

    07.12.2019 at 10:41

    I’m not a fast knitter, so I like to knit hats and cowls.
    I can try out special stitches and special yarns without a huge expense.

  • Lesley Rodgers

    07.12.2019 at 10:44

    I love to knit almost anything including a dress, a 2 piece suit, sweaters, cardigans and jackets. Knitting is a wonderful pastime.

  • Linda Weston

    07.12.2019 at 10:51

    Penga was far and away the most difficult project I’ve undertaken! No schematic, only the pattern photos to work from (with no side or back view), and my first time doing intarsia — I probably wove in more ends on this one cardigan than on all my other projects, combined! It was challenging, but I learned a lot, and it didn’t make me hate intarsia, LOL.

    The bulk of my projects seem to be for things from the neck up; they’re about evenly divided between hats and neckwear/shawls. I’d like to knit myself some fingerless mitts, and some socks (the two pairs I’ve knitted have been gifts). I also want to tackle a brioche project, too, to learn that technique.

    I checked out Rowan MODE, and I was pleasantly surprised to see items in my size and in heavier yarns (I can’t imagine knitting a 2X sweater in fingering or laceweight). I really like quirkiness of the Cowl Cardigan.

  • Bonnie Malone

    07.12.2019 at 10:57

    I love to knit shawls and you won’t catch me knitting a pattern more than once. I especially like to knit patterns that gave only been done by a few hundred other knitters.

  • Anita Roesler

    07.12.2019 at 11:08

    Shawls are my favorite thing to knit. I especially like to add beads to my knitting. So much fun!

  • Ann Hamilton

    07.12.2019 at 11:10

    My favorite things to make are shawls, scarves, wraps.

  • Mary Bourne

    07.12.2019 at 11:36


  • Sarah Steele

    07.12.2019 at 11:42

    Being a sample knitter is so much fun! I loved making Nightshift with Berroco Medina! I’m looking forward to making it for myself! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Cari Deen

    07.12.2019 at 11:49

    I have been enjoying knitting socks lately, but you knew that… ?

  • Amy Otto

    07.12.2019 at 12:43

    I’m addicted to knitting scarves. cowls & potholders to giveaway as gifts! I have a habit of binding off a project & giving it away immediately!

  • LeAnn Kathryn Peterson

    07.12.2019 at 12:47

    My favorite thing to knit is a small “lovey-sized” blanket. Then I purchase a new board book and wrap it inside the finished lovey . After I’ve put together a few “blankets and books, “ I donate them to shelters. It is such a rewarding experience to know my donations help others have something to give and share with their babies.

  • Jennifer McKinney

    07.12.2019 at 12:52

    My favorite thing to knit is anything I am going to give as a present. I love sharing my knitting with my friends and family!

  • Jennifer Smallwood

    07.12.2019 at 13:07

    I probably get most excited to knit sweaters, but I think shawls are the most fun to knit.

  • Laura McMahan

    07.12.2019 at 13:59

    love to knit garments with unique construction

  • Melissa

    07.12.2019 at 14:06

    I love to knit socks. I love having socks that are unique and handmade.

  • Jo Jankowski

    07.12.2019 at 14:34


  • Alexandra Edwards

    07.12.2019 at 17:16

    I like to knit cute felted mittens for my girls. Seeing them put to good use keeping little hands warm is it’s own reward!

  • Jennifer Dodd

    07.12.2019 at 18:03

    I love to knit shawls but I am trying to branch out and knit sweaters.

  • Emily Schnabl

    07.12.2019 at 18:06

    Shawls and hats! But above all, hats off (pun intended) to those fine sample knitters!

    • Keely

      08.12.2019 at 09:18

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. Please pick up your prize anytime before 2/1/20, or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Barbara Kinney

    07.12.2019 at 18:42

    My favorite thing to knit are gifts for friends, second is anything that is warm for the winter. I enjoy the texture of winter clothing.

  • Carolyn Munholland

    07.12.2019 at 19:56

    Oh that is hard. I would say right now shawls

  • Evelyn Norvelle

    07.12.2019 at 20:09

    I love to knit hats and socks

  • Patricia Riden

    07.12.2019 at 20:59

    I think I love most to knit baby blankets and all kinds of shawls and wraps.

  • Sarah Bailey

    07.12.2019 at 21:04

    I love to knit scarves/cowls/shawls and anything with cables.

  • Ana Johnson

    07.12.2019 at 21:28

    I love knitting sweaters, scarves, cowls, shawls. But I also like crocheting scarves.

  • Melissa Ryan

    07.12.2019 at 22:24

    Venice or Bay. Too delicious!

  • Flora Roszel

    08.12.2019 at 08:53

    I love to knit and crochet shawls and cowls. They show off beautiful yarn well and I can gift them without worrying about size.