As I mentioned a couple of posts back, conference calls and training sessions do wonders for my knitting productivity. Indeed, I finished the Summer Sky shawlette before I finished the training I was attending that week, which meant I needed a new project the next day. The Blushing Cowlette came together quickly that evening. I’m feeling virtuous as all get-out about it, because I spent no money on it. I already had the pattern, from when I made the Three Shades of Gray cowlette a few years ago, and the yarn was left over from the Chromantic Cowl. (And I still have yarn left—now what?) Since this yarn is the same yarn I did Three Shades of Gray in, I didn’t bother with gauge—bad me!—but used the same size needles I had last time. Just as well, because you start this pattern out on a 20″ (50 cm) circular needle, and my local yarn store has stopped carrying them.
It was fun to make the Chromantic Cowl, but I never enjoyed wearing it that much, and I eventually gave it away. I’ve realized that I prefer cowls that hug the neck. The Chromantic Cowl hung loosely if I just put it over my head, but it wasn’t long enough for me to loop twice around my neck, so it mainly just got in my way. Bandana cowls, like this pattern, are narrower at the top than at the bottom, and fit the human body much better. Even in summer (especially in summer in my office!), I’m trying to keep my neck warm.
By the way, let me just point out that I didn’t use either a variegated yarn or a gradient yarn for this project. That’s three shades of solid pink. I really haven’t been feeling much attraction to the solid colors lately. Maybe if I knit something really lacy or with a lot of cables in it or something, but on the small projects I’ve been doing, they mostly look boring. So when I finally do use solid yarn, I do something that looks like a gradient!
When I made Three Shades of Gray, I was surprised that you stop increasing on the bottom section of the cowl. I left notes for myself that if I ever did this pattern again, to think about going up a needle size on the bottom section to compensate. Luckily, I ignored me. 🙂 I realized as I was knitting it that the more complicated lace pattern opens up more. In other words, it doesn’t need increases knitted into it the way the top two sections do. You can see that in the blocking photo, where the bottom section is obviously flaring wider.
I want to make more cowls and cowlettes. I like being able to pull something on over my head and then pretty much ignore it for the rest of the day. Depending on how active I am, the shawlettes need a lot of tweaking throughout the day. Yes, I know: shawl pins. You say that like I’d be organized enough to remember to bring one with me to work.
Pattern: Brush Creek Cowlette
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette
Colorways: Blush, Blossom Heather, Cotton Candy
Needles: 6 (4.0 mm)