Friday, February 15, 2013

Downton Cowl

Daisy at Downton

Pattern: Downton Cowl by Shannon Cook
Yarn: Shibui Knits Merino Kid (discontinued) in Peacock
Needles: US 8
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In the interest of finishing something for a luvinthemommyhood KAL for the first time since last summer, I abandoned ship on my Sybil sweater (temporarily) and cast on a Downton Cowl! I'm glad I did! I love it! I was able to de-stash a bit of yarn from a sweater I knit a couple years ago that I've been a little stumped about, so that was an added bonus.

I named it for Daisy because I'm rather amused at her envy for Ivy, and my yarn was green, so the pun was too tempting. ;) The pattern is easy to remember and doesn't require too much concentration, so it was perfect for a Sunday night knit. Take note that the odd rows aren't charted, though. If you are like me and can't read patterns anymore (I don't know what's wrong with lately!), your cowl will look funny without those knit rows! All rows are written, though, if that is more your flavor. It's a great pattern! I recommended it to a friend before knitting it myself and she loved it. Her cowl came out lovely too. She knit it in alpaca that was super buttery soft! Mine's a little rough, but not so much that I can't wear it next to the skin.

I added two chart repeats for a deeper cowl. I'm glad I did. It stands a little taller for more neck protection in the wind. I still have a bit of the yarn left. I think I'll chuck it in my "all used up" bag so I don't have to agonize over it anymore, but it will still be handy if something does come along. The rich color bleeds like crazy. I glad I knew from the sweater so I was sure to rinse it completely. No green on my light grey coat! Win!

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  1. I couldn't stand it and had to order some yarn for this cowl and some matching mitts. Yours is lovely. I just love the blues and greens in it.

    1. Great! I can't wait to see them! Thanks, the color of this yarn really is awesome. :)

  2. Your cowl looks so nice and pretty. Lovely pattern. I like your colour. Well done. Happy weekend! Greetings from Germany.

  3. You know how much I love that color, it looks radiant in the photo (of course you do too!). Sometimes an easy, comforting knit is just what you need! I'm so embarrassed for Ivy, particularly because we share a name, I really want to smack some common sense into her!


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