Friday, June 17, 2011

2011 FO #14 - Jenny's smoking hot cowl

Having only made one cowl before, I was very tempted by this offer in the Australia Will Work for Yarn Swap group on Ravelry.  It was a chance to work in gorgeous yarn: Wollmeise.  To make a pretty cowl: Silk Smoke ring.  And to get paid in pretty yarn: more Wollmeise.  The pattern is deceptively simple, just don't drop a k2togtbl, they unravel like nobody's business in this very smooth yarn.  A life line* on the 12th row: a simple k1tbl, p1 row, is essential for sleep deprived Mum's.   I only dropped a stitch once, but 7 rows of 180 stitches tinked (undone 1 stitch at a time) was enough to convince me life lines are a must.  And how do you block a cowl you might ask?  Well I got out one of the rolled up foam camping/yoga mats, tied it up at the right circumference and put the cowl over it then lay it down braced on my bed on one side and the window sill on the other 2 feet above a heating vent.  Perfect.  Jenny was very pleased with the results and her daughter may have placed an order for one for herself!

Vital Statistics
Pattern:  Silk Smoke Ring by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer.
Yarn:  Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash in the colour way Rittersporn (a beautiful blue/purple/black tonal mix, the name translates to Delphinium)
Needles:  3.5 mm, 80 cm Bamboo tipped circular.  ( I have lost the packet, can't remember the brand)
Started:  April 19, 2011
Finished:  May 26, 2011
Mods:  Worked until cowl reached 25 inches, longer than the original pattern, definitely works.  Changed the cast off as the one suggested felt too tight on the edge.  Used Jeni's surprisingly stretchy bind off instead.
Comments: This knit up so beautifully and the pattern instructions were put down after 1.5 repeats, and only referred to again at the cast off stage.
Ravelled here.

* A life line is a piece of thread or smooth yarn or in my case dental floss, which is threaded using a needle through the stitches of your row.  The idea being that if you manage to drop a stitch and can't recover it, it can't go past this point and there is a complete row/round you can go back to and pick up all of your stitches without having to worry about lost ones.  It does help if the life line goes through stitches which are all "normal" ie no yarn overs.  In the pattern described above there is one such row every twelve rows.  In "lace knitting" the return row is plain and can be "saved".  In true "knitted lace" there is no plain row and putting in a life line can be more challenging but often more necessary!


Lynne said...

That is absolutely lovely Leonie! Reminds me of Pomatomus socks (which I must get around to knitting one day - perhaps in cream Cocoon!).

Maria said...

It's gorgeous, love the colour

2paw said...

It is a beautiful pattern and reminds me of the Pomatomus socks too!! I love your clever blocking solution!!!