Now that I’ve wrapped up my WIP list I can start 2015 with new projects. My last few projects were quite large so I decided my first new one should be small and quick. My latest hand spun was calling my name, so I figured that cowl was in order. I headed over to Ravelry to browse patterns but nothing really caught my eye. Everything I liked seem to either call for more yarn than I had, or to involve complicated stitch patterns that would compete with the variegated yarn. I finally settled on a pattern. I didn’t love it, but it would have to do.
Well, I’m certainly glad I didn’t cast on right away…
… because Josiah Bain over at The Sock Monkey just published the Juliet Poe Cowl pattern and it is just what I was looking for. The only thing is that it’s written for sport weight yarn and mine, while probably sport weight in some sections (it’s pretty thick-and-thin, some of that is bound to be sport, right?), averages out to about worsted. I decided to use larger needles and cast on fewer stitches.
I am loving this – there’s enough texture to keep it interesting, but not so much that it competes with the colour of the yarn. I also like that it’s knit lengthwise rather than widthwise; I was going to make this roughly the size written in the pattern but I think I’ll just keep knitting until I’ve used up the yarn instead.