Cozy Cowls
2013: It was good

Cowl Mania

Cowl mania continues here at And She Knits Too.

First a fantastic chunky, seed stitch, twisted, soft one in Mirasol Ushya.

I linked to a pattern but modified it to suit my yarn. Details here.

I made this for the charity auction at work and really didn't want to give it away. I love this yarn. It's chunky without being heavy and it's so snugly in a cowl. The whole thing only took a few hours to knit so I plan to make a few more over the holiday break.

Then a handspun one.

Not much to say about this. I took some really old bulky, slightly ropes merino handspun and knit in 3x2 ribbing in the round. Actually after messing up the twisted cast on a bunch of times in the grey cowl above, I freakin accidentally twisted this one! It worked fine and is a nice enough neck warmer. I just never liked how the yarn turned out. The colours looked muddy. It is definitely better knit up than sitting in the stash.

I'm trying another cowl with handspun but haven't found the right pattern for the yarn. Not sure why since it's a single colour, but it's also a bit ropey so I need something that will help it be squooshy rather than emphasize the texture. No pictures yet. This is the yarn.

Then I got fancy. I found this beautiful pattern--Kildrummy and tossed the stash for something that would work. The Debbie Bliss chunky tweed is the wrong weight and I didn't have enough of it (took me 3 tries to get a stitch count that would work with the little amount of yarn I had) but I made it work.

I will be making a double length one of these in the future. I love how it turned out and it was lots of fun to knit.

This weekend I went back to knitting other things like a hat for my brother, a sweater I'm working on and knee socks but I keep thinking of working on another cowl. Must be because it's cold out.

I might need another chest of drawers to hold all this stuff though!



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