Sometimes a yarn is so fabulous that it's hard to imagine what you can make out of it so that the pattern doesn't overwhelm or detract from the fibre itself. When Louise was visiting at Christmas she very kindly brought with her a whole bag of homespun yarn and while my original intention was to use it to weave with, this particular one just screamed large knitting needles and a simple pattern to show off the amazing colours in all their glory.
Louise had dyed and spun the yarn herself (you can read all about the process here) and so while this scarf was a very quick and easy project for me, I knew there was a lot of effort that had gone into the initial production of this wonderfully bright and textured yarn.
I used one skein of yarn for this cowl and it was while winding the skein into balls that I quickly concluded that no-one on my family seems to understand how to stand upright with their hands in front, toy soldier style, gently moving them in time to the yarn winding...I mean, how hard can it be for goodness sake! From here on in you can be rest assured that I will be the one standing toy soldier fashion, while my helper simply winds, as there have been far too many knots for this step to be any where near as enjoyable as I believe it should be!
Using size 12 mm needles, cast on 15 Stitches
Row 1, Knit
Row 2 and 3, Knit
Row 4, *Knit 1, Yarn Over twice* repeat to end of row.
Row 5. Knit the row, dropping the Yarn Overs without working them
Repeat Rows 2-5 until cowl reaches desired length. Sew together, weave in ends.
If you're a new knitter then there is a very informative video at New Stitch A Day detailing how to knit Drop Stitch.
I love this cowl and it's a fantastic pattern if you're learning to knit and want to move beyond the basics of cast on, knit and pearl. The start of the show is definitely Louise's gorgeous homespun yarn, and while I did phone her and subtly mentioned that if she's making any more, I'd love to use it, I believe she may be too busy quilting at the moment to fulfil my request...thankfully I've got a whole bag of beautiful homespun to be going on with.
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