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Friday, April 11

Cowl Weather

April 11, 2014 Posted by Vaire ,

In an effort to knit up some of my sock yarn, I've made a couple of cowls. I love cowls because they stay put and are so easy to style. With these two I've tried to make them sleek and tall to get some nice folds around the neck, but not much bulk.

Burgundy Cowl

Burgundy Koigu KPM knit on 3.5mm needles over 130 sts. It turned out too big, too limp, and too loose. Shame, really because that means that I'll have to rip it all out and knit again. I love the colour, and the yarn is so soft, but as it is now, it is unusable because it just droops and gives no warmth at all.

I used up every millimetre two skeins of Koigu, and I think that these tubes are going to be my go-to cowls now. Mindless stockinette makes them ideal travel projects, they are quick, and use up all of the yarn. What's not to like?


Next attempt. Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball 130 sts on 3mm needles. As I was knitting it, I was afraid that it was going to be too long, but I wanted to use up all the yarn again. It turned out to be the perfect length and circumference. I tried to curb the curling with some garter stitch at the beginning and the end of the tube, but it makes no difference whatsoever. The length that's left after curling is just right to form some nice folds around my neck.

The problem here is the colour. I bought the Zauberball because I expected it to be black with magenta and navy stripes. Well, it isn't. The base colour is dark brown. Not my colour at all. I've been wearing it anyway because I need something in this weather. It's been cold here, the temperatures have been as low as 3°C in the mornings and that means it's wool weather.

I've been considering giving it away to someone who likes the style and the colours. I just need to re-knit the Koigu cowl first, or the weather turns to Spring, or both.