Sunday, January 4, 2009

FO: Claire's Cowl

FO: Claire's Cowl
Pattern: Improvised from the Twisted Plait Stitch in my new stitch dictionary Knitting Stitches by Mary Webb
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Shocking Pink (kettle dyed), about 1/2 a skein
Needles: US 10/ 6mm bamboo straights

A belated Christmas gift for my little sister, this cowl is soft, squishy, and extremely pink! The Malabrigo colors are super saturated and gorgeous, and I seem to be drawn to their ultra brights.

I used a single crochet join to make an elegant ridge where I joined the fabric. Single crochet does not work if you favor a smooth, invisible join, but I like the braided look of a single crochet edging.
I cast on 41 stitches, knit in the pattern until the piece was 19ish inches, cast off, and joined! Piece 'o cake pattern. Not even really a pattern, just slapping a stitch pattern onto the basic cowl template. It was an enjoyable, quick knit, and I cannot say enough about the how amazing Malabrigo feels on the needles! No wonder there are Ravelry groups dedicated to knitting one Malabrigo project per month!

I still have about half a ball of the Malabrigo leftover, perhaps for shocking pink cowl part deux!

Another shot of the crochet seam:

Some eye candy shots of my newest WIP, the infamous Striped Noro Scarf:


Stacy said...

So much lovely yarn in one post - I don't know if I can handle it! The cowl looks wodnerful. I just finished one of my own - no pictures yet but perhaps tonight.

Sarah said...

Did you find the stitch used in the cowl in a pattern or in a stitch book? I love it. Did you design the cowl yourself?