A coworker recently retired and I realized I had never knit anything for her over the last nine years. This was the perfect opportunity! But as always, I didn’t make a plan until a week before she was leaving.
I was able to churn this little guy out in that time frame:
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Pattern: A Very Braidy Cowl by Maryse Roudier
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Burgundy, just under one skein.
Start Date: June 18, 2014
Finish Date: June 25, 2014
I didn’t do any real modifications. I did one more repeat of the pattern because I thought it could still use a little more width and I wanted to use up as much yarn as possible. I still had a little bit of yarn left over, but not enough to do another full repeat. I used a provisional cast-on and then grafted the ends. I decided not to worry about grafting in pattern since there are only a few purl stitches. It is amazing how the graft really disappears. It was hard to find it once my ends were woven in.
Oh, this project did have a “first” for me. The first time I’ve used a row counter! I get that they are useful, but still never bothered to use one. Trying to be a tough guy or something. Although I have the ability to count my rows while cabling, it isn’t obvious to me like in stockinette. And boy was it easy just to check my row counter! I also usually cable without a cable needle, but for such big cables it worked better to use a cable needle. 8 x 8 stitches!
It fits somewhat snugly around the neck but it is still easy to slip over the head. Even without messing up your hair.
My co-worker really liked it! She had no idea what a “cowl” was. It surprised me a little bit. Is it possible that non-knitters haven’t heard of cowls? I think it’s probably a fluke.
It was a quick, economical project. In fact, I had recently received this skein of yarn at a giveaway of sorts at my knitting guild. So this didn’t cost me anything! The color is most accurate in the top picture. An actual burgundy color.
I want to show you some WIP stuff soon. I finished my Lyra, but I need to take pictures still.
Have a great weekend!