I've named this cowl after the name of the yarn I used.
This is the most worn knit item in this winter, next to my second handspun Rikke hat. As soon as I've unpinned this cowl, and it was dry, photographed, I wound it around my neck and have only taken it off, when I went to bed, and into the shower. I think it's time to give it a bubble bath again, just to get it back into shape.
Well, here it is:
yarn: Wandering Cat Yarns, Alley Cat, colorway October Sky.
size after blocking: 6" x 64"
pattern: made it up: if you want to give it a try, it's really easy:
CO 220 stitches; close to knit in the round;
* k10, p10* repeat to end of round.
knit these rounds for 40 rounds.
Knit 3 garter ridges. (Starting with a purl round after the first 40 rounds.)
*Purl 10, Knit 10* for another 40 rounds.
Bind off loosely.
This cowl is reversible.
I was afraid I would not be able to wind it twice around my neck, but it stretched quite a bit. If I would knit this again, and I might, I would use either 200 or 210 sts. - totally enough, if you don't want to let it hang too far down.
At first I wanted to knit some socks with this yarn, but hated how it pooled. But I still wanted to knit the with this yarn, so I thought it would be interesting to see how it looked knit in a really big loop.
It was a surprise that it made some kind of stripes. I think this cowl would be great for any of those hand painted skeins, that are totally wild in color, and nobody knows what to do with it.
Wandering Cat Yarns have one of those skeins in their shop right now, which I covet very much, but I'm on a yarn buying diet. This skein would totally be made into a cowl, if it were mine. :o)