I have a confession. I am not a very punctual person. I had extra time to get my Mom a Mother’s Day gift because she was out of town on vacation. I tried to paint a plate at Color Me Mine. But it turned out pretty crummy. I didn’t have a plan. So I was a couple weeks late getting my Mom anything! What a negligent daughter!
I did end up making her a cowl. A bubble-gum-like striped Noro cowl.
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Pattern: Bias Eyelet Cowl by Grace Akhrem
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Lite and Rowan Milk Cotton DK. Less than a ball each
Needles: US 4
Start Date: May 24, 2014
Finish Date: May 30, 2014
The cowl is knit on the bias, and fairly straightforward. I knit straight for a little longer than the pattern called for. Mostly because I wanted to see some more colors of the Noro and I thought it could be a little looser.
Because you are carrying the two strands up the side of the work, one side started to look a little sloppy. I tried not to worry about it, but it wasn’t good:
I ended up with plenty of the Silk Garden Lite left over, so I decided to do an applied I-cord edging along both sides. This way I got to see some more of those colors! And boy did it make it look more finished. I picked up a stitch in every slip stitch on the edge, but every maybe four rows I added an extra row to my I-cord. You have to find the right balance so that the edging is neither binding nor flared.
And if you are astute, you can see that I was doing this edging on a plane. On the way to see my Mom! Luckily she was out of town for the first two days I was home so that I had time to block it on the floor of my childhood bedroom. Which, by the way, looks like a 16-year old girl still lives there.
I probably should have gotten my Mom to model the cowl…