I’ve never made a cowl before. To be honest I was never entirely sure I saw the point. I think I wondered if they wouldn’t feel just a bit too restrictive about my neck. So I never made one. Until recently.
You see, I came up with this great idea with my mate Jodi in Alabama that we should do a swap. She writes this great blog, The Drunch. She’s very funny. And she’s got four little boys, three of them born at the same time, so you know there’s a lot of humour she needs to get her through her days.
Also, she’s a new knitter. And a very good new knitter. I’ve never seen anyone do what she’s doing – in her first year she’s knitting lace shawls, socks, you name it – she’s jumped in boots and all and the results are fabulous. But she’d never heard of a swap and when I explained it, she was dead keen. We decided July was our deadline and I started knitting an Ishbel shawl. I’ve had trouble with Ishbel in the past, even though it’s Ravelry’s #1 shawl and every knitter on the planet, or thereabouts, has made it.
Long story short is that Ishbel and I will part ways and never meet again. For someone who’s done some very complex lace, Ishbel leaves me cold and blubbering in the corner, riddled with self-doubt. Something went wrong and well, let’s just say, as much as I love Ysolda Teague’s patterns, Ishbel and I are through. Let us never speak of her again. I wanted Jodi to have an ishbel from me and it didn’t happen.
So my friend Gretchen made a suggestion. A cowl. A particular cowl – the Pretty Thing, designed by Yarn Harlot. I knew it was the right thing to do. I believe Alabama has very mild winters. You wouldn’t want a heavy scarf or anything like that. A cowl seemed like just the thing to keep a bit of nippy air off the back of your neck. And here it is (because Jodi received it in the mail today so now I can post pictures). It’s modelled here by Alice’s big sister, Jenny.
As always, bright red is a pain to photograph but I think you can see the stitch detail and see how pretty it is. So aptly named.
This was such a great, easy pattern. Really nice lace over 60-something rows. I knitted most of it above central Australia. Now that we’ve got relaxed laws about knitting on planes, I knitted 80% over the 10 hours of flying I did between Canberra and Darwin. It was fabulous plane knitting. I loved every single stitch.
And when I tried it on after it was done, I decided that maybe cowls could be for me after all. This one is a lovely fit. It’s not too tight. And the lovely soft patonyle felt good against my throat.
Jenny liked it too.
I think I’ll be making more of these. Just perfect as a satisfyingly quick but interesting knit.