On Mother’s Day, my Dad and I were having a very technical discussion on the best way to wind some very recalcitrant Araucania yarn. The skeins seemed to twist and knot on the swift and we were trying to figure out why. In an attempt to sort the issue out, I grabbed a skein of completely different wool that always behaved itself to show that the swift normally wound wool beautifully.
This skein caught my Mum’s eye and she marvelled at the brightness and vibrancy of the colours. I made a quick note whilst elbow deep in tangles – 1 vibrant cowl for Mum.
I must say from the outset that I am not a swatcher of wool. Over the years I know that my tension is pretty much spot on and if I follow the wool and needle directions, I am pretty confident of achieving the desired result. This wool was untested though and I wanted to make sure that I picked a stitch that would best show off the variegations so I made a few samples and decided on a very simple basket weave stitch.
Fitzbirch is going through a bit of a weaving theme lately. We've been spinning, dyeing and weaving so perhaps, subconsciously, knitting had to be incorporated there somewhere. Although, given half a chance, I would incorporate knitting into everything.
Materials RequiredThe wool was an impulse buy from ebay.
100% wool from inner mongolia would you believe.
The nearest equivalent wool would be an 8ply (DK) variegated.
250 yards (150g).
Circular 4.00mm needles
PatternCast on 166 stitches. Join in the round being careful not to twist it.
Row 1: K4, P4 to end
Row 2-4: Repeat Row 1
Row 5 & 6: Knit
Row 7: P4, K4 to end
Row 8 -10: Repeat Row 7
Row 11 & 12: Knit.
Repeat the previous 12 rows 5 more times.
Cast off and Voila! One vibrant cowl.
Now that it's in the post on the way to my Mum, I can get back to my tangled Araucania.
More cowls and scarves from Fitzbirch
Bunker Bay Cowl
Summer Rose Capelet
Icordion Cowl (This cowl uses the same yarn as the Bunker Bay Cowl)
Easiest Mobius Cowl
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