My first FO of the year (and let’s not focus on the fact that my last FO was a pair of socks four months ago).
Pattern: Arbutus by Jane Richmond
Yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! bought at Rhinebeck 2010
Mods: The pattern was written for DK but the Bugga is heavy sock weight. I changed CO numbers slightly as follows: 52 (instead of 48) and 36 (instead of 32). Then, I changed the CO number for the Middle Tier from 32 to 36 and the Bottom Tier from 42 to 46.
Needles: 16″ US 7
KAL: Use It or Lose It
I LOVE the yarn! I can’t believe I had this yarn in my stash for over 2 years. It’s soft, squishy, bouncy and sproingy. It’s gorgeous.
I LOVE the pattern! The corrugated horizontal ribs fold beautifully together and make this cowl act more like a scarf.
I wish I loved this cowl. But, when I bound off and tried it on it wasn’t staying close to my neck (but it was almost the same exact size as what is listed in the pattern). I washed and dried it to see if it would shrink up enough. It didn’t. But damn is it fluffy now!
So I picked up sts on the cast on row and did a k2, ssk around (decreasing by 25%). I knit a few rows, purled a few rows (keeping those beautiful corrugated ribs) and bound off. I chose *not* to bind off loosely. Fatal mistake. I can get the cowl over my head but it’s tight. And then it’s still not quite tight enough after I get it around my neck.
So – let’s call this a lesson-learned cowl. The lessons:
- Don’t let awesome yarn sit in my stash for two and a half years.
- Drying a superwash yarn can make it fluffy-soft.
- If I want to make a cowl that both fits over my (big?) head and sits snugly against my neck I need to make it adjustable. I’m considering knitting a cowl flat and buttoning it, or a circular cowl with a button that tightens it after it’s on. Do you have any other ideas? I love the ease of cowl-wearing but only when they’re actually useful. I’m picky like that.
Having shared all my disappointment, full disclosure – I’ve worn it both days this weekend. So I don’t hate it. I just don’t love it.