This was not a project done out of a yearning to add a purple cowl to my wardrobe. I knitted this cowl out of curiosity—curiosity about the yarn, that is, not the pattern. The yarn in question is Magical, from Red Heart’s (yes, Red Heart!) Boutique line, and the colorway is Fortune Teller. I thought a friend of mine had made something in Magical and when I saw it, it intrigued me enough to pick up a couple of balls, along with one of Red Heart’s free patterns to try it out on.*
Magical’s claim to fame is that the yarn not only changes color every few yards, but changes texture as well. It went through purple matte finish, purple boucle, multicolor mohair, and even occasional stretches of purple metallic. Normally I don’t care much for metallic yarn, but I thought it worked out well here, since Red Heart used it with restraint. It’s just a little glint here and there, often hidden by the mohair. The yarn is mainly acrylic with some wool and metallic polyester, but it works. It’s soft, except for the metallic bits (another good reason to add them sparingly), and the cowl is much lighter than I expected. The only real conflict I had was the accent colors in the mohair yarn. Of the two balls I used, one only used pinks and grays, except for a bit of bright coral, but the other ball used all those, plus…tan. Huh? Yes, they were the same dye lot. I probably need to track down Changes: clearly I am too fond of monochrome color schemes to truly enjoy this yarn.
The cowl itself? All that light, soft acrylic makes it comfortable to wear, but I find the size awkward: too long, even when looped once around my neck, but too short to easily loop a second time, and so thick when doubled and tripled that I won’t be able to zip a coat up around it. There’s a pattern stitch in there somewhere, but the yarn almost completely obscures it. So I’m not sure whether I’ll ever wear it, but it was a good practice piece for the yarn.
*But I was mistaken. She says the yarn she used was all one color. Maybe it was Changes, also from Red Heart Boutique.