WIP: Cool Weather Cowl

I wanted to write about this never-ending project.  I started it back in September, and it has been laughing at my claims of being a monogamous knitter ever since.  Because of several deadlines (most of which I admit were self-imposed), this cowl was forced to go on the sidelines. Once I picked it up again, I found I could hardly stand to knit more than two rows at a time.

The yarn is a mohair blended with acrylic.  It is toasty.  This little lacy cowl will keep my daughter Wren warm.  I know this because my fingers start to sweat after a couple of rows.

This is not a hat. I repeat, this is not a hat. #knitting #ontheneedles #coolweathercowl

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Since I published the pattern Cool Weather Cowl and shared it on Ravelry last year, I have enjoyed seeing other people complete their version.  It’s been interesting discovering how other yarns work up in the pattern.

This was originally written for a sport-weight alpaca blend, and it had a lot of drape due to the nature of the alpaca.  Although several of the yarns used by other knitters were sport-weight, their projects don’t seem as loose or airy.  One knitter has mentioned how she’s been disappointed.

As I already mentioned, I’m working this up with a mohair blend on the same size needles as my previous version (US 5).  While it still has the airy appearance I like, the cowl size is smaller. I doubt it will grow much after blocking.

This project is a good reminder that yarns behave differently.  When substituting yarns, always check gauge as well as the other characteristics of a yarn such as drape and texture.  Needle size and fiber content can affect these elements.

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I’m nearing the end of the project and should be done in four days (that’s eight rows left, if you were keeping count).  I refuse to start another project until this one is completed. I admit I’m enjoying the slow knitting pace coming at the end of my manic knitting last year.

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