I wanted to make a cowl with a very specific yarn, one bought expressly for the purpose of making a cowl. An extensive (although not exhaustive) survey of my library patterns and the free patterns available through Ravelry resulted in no matches for the cowl I had in mind in the yarn I wanted to use.
That’s it above: Lana Grossa Linea Pura CashSilk, a smooth cushiony bulkyweight nylon/bamboo/cashmere/silk blend. So what does a knitter do when she can’t find the pattern she wants? She creates her own!
I wanted the cowl to be simply constructed with some texture, but not too much texture because the tubular construction and bulky weight of the yarn meant the stitches would be textural all on their own. Plain and simple was best: ribbing and stripes.
Pattern: Ribby Striped Cowl by yours truly (click here for the Ravelry project page)
Yarn: Lana Grossa Linea Pura Cashsilk, 1 skein each Navy, Cream, Rust; 82 yards (75 meters) per skein
Needles: US 11, 36-inch circular
Size: Approximately 38 inches in circumference, and 7 1/2 inches tall.
Satisfaction with end product: I’m pleased as punch with the way it turned out. It’s cushiony and soft and lightweight, gentle and smooth against the skin. The cowl is long and stretchy enough to wrap twice around one’s head and neck if necessary, and it drapes well enough to wear as a decorative scarf as well as a neck-warmer.
I’ll get the pattern written up soon and make a decision on pricing. I also have to figure out how to make a .pdf document available through WordPress or some other feature. Note to self: check out Ravelry’s options for pattern delivery.
In the meantime, here’s one more photo for your viewing pleasure.
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(By the way, spouse was released from the hospital late Thursday afternoon, and so far seems to be doing very well. Thank you, everyone who contacted me with words of support. You are appreciated.)