Posts Tagged ‘Cowl’

Marsha was one happy knitter as she finished her cowl. She  creatively figured out how to add the yarn from her cast on tail to the cast off yarn. Without that cast on tail, she would have needed to unknit one round to have enough yarn for the cast off. Like many of us Marsha is on a mission to use the yarn in her stash….she was successful….all used and only 3 inches left.

Now she has unearthed knitting that is to be felted slipper socks. I helped her get reacquainted with her pattern and now she is knitting the gusset. Go Marsha!



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Well, well! Even a seasoned knitter can blow it. I love this new cowl I am knitting…even though I do not love doing the cluster stitch which makes the Wildcat Canyon Cowl so appealing.  But the real issue issue is…..after completing the 8 rows of the edging I discovered the infamous not-wanted mobius. How could this have happened?? I have started this beauty now going to be the 4th time. Two of the times have been the mobius issue and one was ….oh who remembers? But I think this is a blessing as I kept thinking the fabric that my size 7 needle (called for in pattern) and my fingers was producing was too tight. Here’s a snapshot of what not to do…..now I start again. Glad I love the vision of this cowl and Rios Malabrigo yarn. At least I am getting my money’s worth in knitting this wool.

Rippppppppppppp! Hey! I think I will change color now. I love the teal but I am ready to try a color (in Rios) that will show the beauty of the stitch better. Oh, yes I can dream of another pattern for the teal. I think I just renamed this cowl….”The Never Ending Cowl”!

Note: the cluster stitchP3tog, K3tog, P3tog into the same stitch before dropping them off the left needle and onto the right needle (designer’s instructions). I would change this to read…..P3tog, K3tog, P3tog into the same stitch before dropping them off the left needle. There will be 3 new stitches on the right needle when you drop the 3 being purled tog 3 times.

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It was a few weeks ago that I began talking about the Honey Cowl. Kimberly and PJ recently finished theirs….Laurel started hers and I started mine just a few weeks ago….a few days after a major finger injury (kind of like being pregnant with which child to remember dates). I decided to  knit my Honey Cowl version in Gold Dust yarn from Greenwood Fiberworks. As so often happens I make modifications to the patterns I choose to knit. In this case, I knew that I did not want a tight wrap around my neck (thank you PJ for reminding me that I don’t like anything close up on my neck…can’t believe I almost forgot). I also knew that I wanted a double wrap cowl. With that in mind, I cast on 320 stitches of that wonderful Gold Dust fingering weight yarn….think PJ cast on in the high 200’s…maybe 280 for her fingering weight yarn. I also knew that I wanted to use the Long Tail Cast-On as it has a ridge edge that most closely matches the P2tog Cast-Off that I wanted to use for  its greater flexibility of ease…..not taut a Cast-Off or chain look for me (or anyone) by golly! My other modification was the width….the pattern called for 11 inches before Cast-Off and I worked 7 inches.

I am very happy with the results!

Knitting Tip: For the Long Tail Cast-On,  I did not want to estimate/guess how much yarn to have for the long tail….320 stitches is a lot to cast on knowing you might just run short. Even with the rule of 3x’s the expected length of the cast on, it would be risky at best. So….my long tail came from the center of the ball and my working stitch yarn came from the outer side of the ball of yarn. Join the two yarns with a slip knot and then begin the long-tail cast on….one yarn over the thumb and one over the index finger.

Another Knitting Tip: In order for the  ridge of the P2tog cast off to blend into finished edge properly, I turned my work around and cast off going back from I just knit. It created the need for a little extra tidy work at the last couple stitche…but worth the effort.

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