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Knitter’s Spotlight: Garden Gate and Ivy by Stephanie Dosen

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With her “knitting wands” and whimsy to spare, Stephanie Dosen has whipped up dozens of popular patterns under her design label, Tiny Owl Knits. Everything she makes is uniquely enchanting – a mix of the natural world and something a bit more magical.

Garden Gate and Ivy is one of Stephanie’s newest designs and it’s knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca! The reversible cowl features two different colorwork patterns – a romantic ivy design outside and simple stripes inside. It knits up quickly in the round as a long tube, which is seamed at the end using Kitchener stitch.

Watch our how-to video on Kitchener Stitch.

Garden Gate & Ivy by Stephanie Dosen

Garden Gate & Ivy by Stephanie Dosen

How did you come up with this design?

I love doing colorwork with two colors and when I saw this yarn at my local yarn shop it just spoke to me! I started it the week I moved back to America. It has a real cozy vibe to me because I was so comforted and relieved at the idea of being back home.

What’s your favorite project you’ve ever made?

My favorite project now is the faerie wings. I had been working for a long time to come up with a way to knit faerie wings that were super easy and wearable. My goal was to knit wings that I could wear while driving my Jeep. I can tell you that these are a success!

Any funny knitting stories? 


I used to work at a yarn store in Nashville, TN. I remember once talking to a few women about how it’s really important not to leave your knitting on the couch because someone could sit down and break your wooden needles. Then, I promptly turned around and plopped down on the knitting couch directly onto a customer’s bamboo needles. The crack was heard around the world. It was a $25 lesson.

If you could knit something for anyone in the world it would be?

I’d knit a little jumper for my hamster, Hagrid. It would have an “H” on it and look just like the sweater that Harry Potter gets from Ron’s mom at Christmas. Getting it on him would be a different story, though. Maybe I’d just hang it in his closet.

garden gate & ivy

Stephanie was kind enough to offer a free copy of her pattern to one of our readers and we’re throwing in the yarn!

How to Enter: Tell us what you like about Stephanie’s design!

Details: One lucky winner will be picked from the comments and announced in next week’s Knitter’s Spotlight. The winner will have one week to claim the prize. Only residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible to win.

114 Comments Post a comment
  1. Amy Barnes #

    I love the color work. The stranded design will make for an extra cozy garment.

    October 25, 2013
  2. Christine #

    I LOVE the simultaneously modern and traditional design and the colors. Furthermore although I’m an intermediate knitter I’ve never done any colorwork and have been looking for an accessory pattern as a first project. This cowl is perfect.

    October 25, 2013
  3. I love all of Stephanie’s designs. This cowl would be perfect for my DIL. especially because it is reversible.

    October 25, 2013
  4. wonderfulcheese44 #

    I love this design so much! It is elegant and classy! Perfect for fall and winter!! It would make an excellent birthday present for me! I’ll be the big 30 on Monday. :)

    October 25, 2013
  5. Lou Darland #

    It’s so pretty and looks warm for these cold fall mornings

    October 25, 2013
  6. Virginia S #

    I love color work and this design is beautiful.

    October 25, 2013
  7. fantaboy796 #

    Ooooh – so many things to like…. first – the elegant curliques of ivy motif, then the fact that the cowl is reversible, then that only two simple colors are used… Such a nice garment!!

    October 25, 2013
  8. I love that it’s reversible. And it looks SO cozy.

    October 25, 2013
  9. Merna #

    The peak inside to a completely pattern is what I like best. It’s a lovely idea.

    October 25, 2013
  10. Teri Crane #

    I am really getting into colorwork and I LOVE Ultra Alpaca, so this is a match made for me.

    Thanks!

    October 25, 2013
  11. Andrea B #

    I love that it is reversible!!!

    October 25, 2013
  12. Emily Kern #

    I love the intricate designs interwoven in the cowl. It is so delicate and magical looking! It is as if putting it on will transport you to a fairy ring and you will be welcomed to join a feast!

    October 25, 2013
  13. Cathy S #

    many reasons I like this cowl: 1 it’s made with alpaca and I’ve never knit with it, but I like the fiber. 2 I like cowl’s and the fact that it’s reversible. 3 I like the ivy pattern and would love to see what the other side looks like

    October 25, 2013
  14. Laurie A #

    Looks so warm and stylish!

    October 25, 2013
  15. Marybeth Potts #

    I like that the straned work looks both feminine and delicate. I think that is unusual to find in fair isle.

    October 25, 2013
  16. Debbie Myers #

    The simplicity and elegance of the cowl! It is beautiful and I would love to win a kit! Here is hoping!

    October 25, 2013
  17. The colours & pattern are the perfect combo. And I’m a sucker for green.

    October 25, 2013
    • I’m impressed with a pattern on both sides, and it’s reversible.

      October 25, 2013
  18. Nancy Guyotte #

    The design of the colorwork and that it is reversible!

    October 25, 2013
  19. Denene #

    I love the color combination

    October 25, 2013
  20. Linda Rueda #

    I love Tiny Owl Knits. The cowl is a classic design and beautiful. I hope I win.

    October 26, 2013
  21. multicrafty #

    This is my new favorite design of hers! I love how fun and free her designs feel, like something out of a children’s storybook :)

    October 26, 2013
  22. Gayle #

    It would be beautiful in the ultra alpaca that I have in my stash!

    October 26, 2013
  23. Danica #

    I just love the colours & that it’s a cowl. I’m cowl crazy. :)

    October 26, 2013
  24. Jane #

    Love all of her patterns but also love anything to do with the gardens/flowers as well.

    October 26, 2013
  25. when I first saw the cowl, I thought FRESH, I don’t know really why. Just love the color combo.

    October 26, 2013
  26. I like the color work.

    October 26, 2013
  27. Cindy Rader #

    Very sweet! And it looks nice and warm!

    October 26, 2013
  28. Kelli Page #

    This is what I like to knit, colorwork! Also, alpaca yarn, light weight and warm. I bet this would be great for skiing.

    October 26, 2013
  29. savannagal #

    It reminds me of wrought iron fence scroll work on an old mansion. I love her contrasting choice of colors too.

    October 26, 2013
  30. Darlene Krystal #

    I like the design…because it’s only two colors so for a beginner fair isler it might make a great beginner project…..and the scroll shapes….

    October 26, 2013
  31. Phyllis Hughes #

    I love Ultra Alpaca, so anything made in it is a hit with me. The cowl looks warm and snuggly and I really like the fact that it is reversible. Hugs, Phylly

    October 26, 2013
  32. Harlee Cole #

    I love Stephanie’s cool and whimsical designs. I especially love that she thinks outside the knitting box and does cute and wearable designs for people of ages. IT IS JUST PURE FUN!

    October 26, 2013
  33. Love the fact that the design is reversable!

    October 26, 2013
  34. msesqct #

    Love the fact that it is reversable!

    October 26, 2013
  35. Three things I love are combined in this design – green, cowl design & fair isle work! Love it!

    October 26, 2013
  36. Jamie #

    This is such an elegant design!

    October 26, 2013
  37. I love that it is reversible and that it uses Ultra Alpaca!

    October 26, 2013
  38. I love the colors. Very pretty up close to the model’s face.

    October 26, 2013
  39. Carlo65 #

    I love this cowl! Is easy and chic at the same time and would be great with a solid base and a semisolid or variegated contrast color.

    October 26, 2013
  40. Tracey #

    I love Stephanie’s designs. They are so whimsical.

    October 26, 2013
  41. I love the colors she chose, the leaf pattern, and the fact that it is reversible. No worrying if it flops down a bit and the back side shows.

    October 26, 2013
  42. Miriam Bradley #

    I love the detail on the inside ! So cozy !

    October 27, 2013
  43. Beverly #

    I love how it is lovely and warm! Perfect for Wisconsin winters.

    October 27, 2013
  44. dclulu on ravelry #

    I love the reversibility. Both sides are just beautiful.

    October 28, 2013
  45. sarahelyon #

    I love the construction – It just makes so much sense to knit the whole thing as a tube (voila! double sided) and then kitchener it together to be a cowl. Smart!

    October 28, 2013
  46. Merry #

    How totally cool that it’s reversible! I wouldn’t have thought of that.
    wahoomerryf on Rav

    October 28, 2013
  47. Beth Ryckeley #

    These are bright, fresh colors to knit with in the dreary winter days. The name of the pattern suggests looking forward to the spring gardens!

    October 29, 2013
  48. Olivia Wood #

    Stephanie’s design is perfect for the fall and winter. Not only do I love the creamy barley color choice but I also love the earthy green. The two colors compliment each other very well and serve as a testament to what an original, fashionable, and fun project is. I love the stunning color work but I can also see this as the next step for advancing my knitting. So beautiful!! Looks very soft and luscious as well.

    October 30, 2013
  49. Robin Bischoping #

    I love the simplicity of the design and how versatile it would be to wear. And what’s not to love about the Ultra Alpaca yarn? (Its one of my favorites!)

    October 30, 2013
  50. Karen #

    I love all the Woodland Knits, but this cowl is spectacular! Love the reversible design and stranded pattern. Alpaca will make this a treat to wear!

    October 30, 2013
  51. I love the colors and the fact that the inside is different so you get two looks!!

    October 30, 2013
  52. Libby Howting #

    I love the colors, and as a gardener, I love the motif,organic yet delicate.

    October 30, 2013
  53. The cowl looks soooo cozy and pretty – and matches my new jacket!

    October 30, 2013
  54. Jane Seaman #

    I’m hooked on colorwork lately! This is an absolutely piece! It’s on my ‘top 10′ projects list for 2014!

    October 30, 2013
  55. Erin Durange #

    All of her designs are whimsical and magical in nature. :) It reminds me that it’s OK to let your inner child shine through. <3

    October 30, 2013
  56. West Coast: Super, Natural #

    I love that it is reversible! I designed a reversible stranded colourwork cowl this summer, I am just finishing knitting it to test the pattern–so I’m ready to knit this lovely design if I win!

    October 30, 2013
  57. Elaine Zirkle #

    I love the whimsy of Stphanie’s designs. She keeps things playful without being ridiculous.

    October 30, 2013
  58. Emily Kern #

    it meshes classy and whimsical as if you could get done working your office job, head into the woods and have a late-night with some fairies :D

    October 30, 2013
  59. Jana G #

    I love the colors and the beautiful color work!

    October 30, 2013
  60. Dale Storms #

    I love the colors! It makes me think of Ireland!

    October 30, 2013
  61. I love the colours

    October 31, 2013
  62. Melissa Vink #

    I love her designs!! They are both whimsical and gorgeous!! Thank you for the chance!

    October 31, 2013
  63. Amy R. #

    It’s beautiful and reversible!

    October 31, 2013
  64. The color work is beautiful

    October 31, 2013
  65. Debra Houser #

    A classy look. Crisp clean style. And along with all that it’s also unique. There aren’t many patterns out there like this. I love it!

    October 31, 2013
  66. Erica Popp #

    I have been looking for a pattern to try out colorwork for the first time and this cowl looks perfect for that. This pattern would also allow me to work on my seaming. I don’t get to treat myself to new yarn that often, so this would be a real treat and would make a great gift for Christmas for one of my sisters. I just love the designs from Tiny Owl Knits!

    October 31, 2013
  67. Jennifer Gruber #

    I love the contrast of the white and green.

    October 31, 2013
  68. I love the intricate details of this design! The color choices are beautiful! It reminds me of ivy growing up a building :)

    October 31, 2013
  69. I love the design and the use of color is fantastic.

    October 31, 2013
  70. I love how it is organic yet structured. I only wish there were one of Stephanie’s songs to go with it. Perhaps I’ll write one about a winter garden whilst knitting this! Thank you!

    October 31, 2013
  71. Susan Benesch #

    Love this cowl-the colors and design are perfect and refreshing. Always am attracted to designs with plants and / or flowers on them. tomorrow is my birthday ( November 1st) so I hope that am the winner.

    October 31, 2013
  72. Beautiful and original!

    October 31, 2013
  73. Shirley Merkert #

    I love the color work – I love the ribbed color on the inside! A great pattern!

    October 31, 2013
  74. Pam #

    I really like her designs. They’re a combination of cute and classy, which can be hard to achieve, so kudos to her! Love the cowl!

    October 31, 2013
  75. Jane #

    Love Steph’s patterns. I have knit many.

    October 31, 2013
  76. Olivia Wood #

    Love the luscious, earthy, and comfortable feeling I get from this. So beautiful and I would be privileged to win.

    October 31, 2013
  77. Stephanie #

    The colorwork is amazing, but it doesn’t look intimidating either.

    October 31, 2013
  78. Margaret Ezzet #

    I love the design which looks almost Celtic (and I am Scottish) it’s also a really versatile piece. (Would make a great Christmas gift!

    October 31, 2013
  79. Gerda porter #

    I like the whimsy behind all her creations!

    October 31, 2013
  80. Pam Scriber #

    What is not to love about this. really beautiful

    October 31, 2013
  81. Maggie Faulks #

    I love the elegance of the leaf pattern – seems embroidered. And it would be really perfect for my daughter for Christmas!

    October 31, 2013
  82. Joyce Owens #

    Love the delicate way it looks. I love her whimsical style.

    October 31, 2013
  83. deanna #

    i think the pattern work is very pretty

    October 31, 2013
  84. Connie Hubbard #

    Green is my favorite color, love the 2-tone only design, accents the ivy perfectly ! Love it – want to get my needles clicking !

    October 31, 2013
  85. Ann #

    I love the color work and her style!!

    October 31, 2013
  86. Judi #

    I really like the pattern and the way the colorwork creates a different patter on the inside!!

    October 31, 2013
  87. I like the revesrable feature of the cowl

    October 31, 2013
  88. MaryB #

    Usually, I chose a pattern to maintain my interest. I would like to try colorwork and this design would keep me interested enough to finish the project. Plus it is so classy. Thanks for sharing your talent.

    October 31, 2013
  89. Tricia #

    Love the colorwork and it looks so cozy!

    October 31, 2013
  90. Lis #

    I just love green and white — and reversible designs aren’t bad, either!

    October 31, 2013
  91. Janice Hovis #

    Love the colors, and I’m intrigued by two different patterns. Plus, it looks nice and warm.

    October 31, 2013
  92. Debora Soule #

    What a clean classic design — and it is two sided!

    November 1, 2013
  93. Reba Walker #

    I love color work.

    November 1, 2013
  94. Debbie H. #

    The name of the pattern is perfect – love the ivy curls on the outside with a glimpse of
    the iron gate on the inner side. Simply beautiful!

    November 1, 2013
  95. Love the idea that the piece is reversible.

    November 1, 2013
  96. Bianca #

    I love Stephanie’s colors but the design is sublime.

    November 1, 2013
  97. Adele Lott #

    Oh my….gorgeous.

    November 1, 2013
  98. Cathy Patterson #

    I like the way she brings the feel of nature into her designs. They bring a calming effect to those who knit them and where them.

    November 1, 2013
  99. Gail D #

    I love the green and the leafy design. It would look fabulous with my new orange fall coat!

    November 1, 2013
  100. Debby Shoemaker #

    I like the mix and traditional and modern for the pattern. Would love to try this myself.

    November 1, 2013
  101. Love the design!

    November 1, 2013
  102. pennyroy #

    Love the design! Very eye catching.

    November 1, 2013
  103. AndreaW #

    It’s such a classic design that I could still be wearing it yrs fr now. Nice to be able to get lots of use after doing the work. And Ultra Alpaca is a lovely yarn to knit w/ as well as wear!!!

    November 1, 2013
  104. This would be a perfit fit to my grown daughters life style. She is into conserving the environment. Works for the local Vallery Air quality controler and loves Alpace since she is allergic to wool it makes a good subsuite.

    November 1, 2013
  105. Beth B Sonnier #

    I just discovered tiny owl patterns and love the modern yet vintage look and well written pattern directions.

    November 1, 2013
  106. Lorna klotz #

    I have taught knitting for so many years knitting just about every technique available but my favourites are fair isle, lace and intarsia. Hope that I’m lucky and win this kit

    November 1, 2013
  107. I love Stephanie’s designs and colors, I love something unusual and pretty looking ! And I love lacy alpaca, so I would be very happy to win this kit !

    November 1, 2013
  108. SD has done it again! so organic and grounded and pretty and cleverly designed. I will have to make this even if I don’t win a kit!! I love color work and this cowl is a nice change from hats and mitts on tiny needles!

    November 1, 2013
  109. Cindy Sherwood #

    It is simply beautiful and the fact that it has my favorite color of green makes it all the more gorgeous.

    November 1, 2013
  110. Karen S #

    I am teaching myself colorwork. What a beautiful pattern to learn from!

    November 2, 2013
  111. Betsy Ford #

    My brand-new granddaughter named Ivy has made my attention catch on anything with that word in it! She’s a beauty and so is this cowl, which has colors that I love-love-love.

    November 3, 2013
  112. shelly easton #

    Green is my favorite color!

    November 3, 2013
  113. Jean Cherep #

    I love that it is a small project, good to learn new skills Its a bonus that it is also double sided

    November 3, 2013

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