As you may, or may not, know… I am a runner! If you are interested in reading my fitness blog, you can find it here.
Today, was only 50 degrees, but because of the rain it felt 10 degrees colder. I run every day, so I wasn’t going to let a little cold rain stop me. This is a photo I took on my run. It is funny, how beautiful a photo can make an ugly day look.
Of corse after my run, I refueled with a chai tea latte, and cozied up on the couch to start my next knitting project. It is on cold days like today, that I appreciate my warm chunky hand knit pieces. It is cold winter days like today, that I even enjoy my knitting hobby even more!
I wanted to let you all know two things. The first thing is that I am still in search for the perfect tumblr theme for tis blog. For some reason, I can not get this blog to look visually pleasing and I still have not found a look to this blog that represents me. So please bare with me while I play around to find the absolute best look for this blog.
I also have decided that I am not going to Reblog anymore inspiration photos. Instead I am going to use this blog strictly for a way to display my own work. This will become my artistic portfolio where I will display my hand knitted pieces and other works of art, in hopes to inspire you.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I certainly did. During my Holiday, I ran a 5K Turkey Trot setting a new PR. I cooked some really good food. I hiked the Billy Goat Trail in Great Falls. I ran my 12 mile training run in preparation for my half marathon that I am running December 1st. And last but not least, I found the time to finish my latest cowl.
Malabrigo Rasta is a super soft chunky Merino wool. This is one of my favorite yarns. Although, it was not as draping as the Super Soft Merino, it still made a good substitute for this cowl.
By using a super bulky yarn and size US #17, 32-inch circular needles this cowl knitted up very quickly. The pattern used the Fluted Fabric Stitch working in the round.
The original cowl calls to cast on 196 stitches, but because I am only 5’1, I only casted on 136 stitches. So keep this in mind - you can alter the pattern measurements by casting on any number of stitches as long as they are multiple of four.
The patten tells you to continue knitting in the round binding off once the cowl measures 15 inches wide. Again, because I am petite I ended my cowl at 12 inches instead of the 15 inches the pattern called for.
The pattern also calls for 6 skeins of Super Soft Merino which is 100% Merino Wool. Weight 100 grams. Length 87 yards. I only used 3.5 skeins of Malabrigo Rasta because although it too is 100% Merino Wool, it’s weight is 150 grams, and it measures 90 yards in length. Malabrigo Rasta is much more chunky compared to the Super Soft Merino.
This cowl is by far one of my favorites to knit and to wear. The pattern is simple, but looks complex. Because the yarn is super bulky it knits up quick. The yarn itself is beautiful. Each skein being unique with its own dye lot. It is soft and made up of the highest quality of Merino wool. This cowl is elegant and stylish, warm, soft, cozy, perfect for days like today, when the air is a chilly 40 degrees, with the chance of snow flurries.
The Yarn. Malabrigo Rasta in Laguna.
The Fluted Fabric Stitch. This is what the right side looks like.
The Fluted Fabric Stitch. This is what the wrong side looks like.
Me wearing the cowl, showing of the length and measurements.
I am all wrapped up in The Fluted Cowl.
I love this cowl. Chunky knits are the best winter accessory.
Here is a sneak peek of the start of my latest project.
This is my version of the Fluted Cowl, by Purl Bee. Instead of using Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino, I found some Rasta in my yarn stash. So here is my attempt to knit the Fluted Cowl with Malabrigo’s Rasta yarn in Laguna.
I am excited about this, because I am obsessed with chunky knits. Chunky knits are very trendy, and super fast to knit. Sometimes you just need a simple project to plow through quickly so you have something new to wear. But it can’t just be any old pattern. Have standards. Style is a MUST!
I went to Purl Bee (because you all know I am obsessed) and saw another beautiful, warm, cozy, chunky knit cowl. This cowl is the Fluted Cowl. After I read the pattern, I was soooo giddy happy. They use 6 skeins of Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino, 100% Merino Wool, in Oyster Gray with US 17, 32- inch circular needles. Well I already had the needles, because they were the same needles used for the Herringbone Cowl. I didn’t have the yarn. However, I checked my stash and found 6 skeins of Malabrigo’s Rasta yarn in Laguna. Rasta is also 100% Merino Wool, and it has 90 yards per skien, when Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino has 89 yards per skien. So I am golden. I am going to start this cowl immediately, and although I don’t have the exact yarn for this project I am really excited to try the pattern with the Rasta yarn from my stash! Finally my yarn hoarding has come in handy.
I just wanted to show all of you a little sneak peek of my latest project. It is a little more than half way done, and I am already in love.
This project again was found on Purl Bee. This cowl is called, Whit’s Knits: Big Herringbone Cowl. The project was inspired by Joelle’s Herringbone Poncho from the book, Last-Minute Gift Ideas.
The one word I would use to describe cold weather fashion is OVERSIZED. When it is cold out the only way to stay warm is with an oversized blanket, sweater, and in this case cowl.
This project is the complete opposite of my last project, The White Caps Cowl. But the one thing these two cowls have in common is how they drape- which is one of my favorite characteristics.
The Herringbone stitch is very unique. Because I am a hairstylist, of corse this stitch reminds me of a fishtail braid. Anyway the stitch is tricky at first but once you get the hang of it, it is easy, fast, and lovely. If you need help figuring out how to accomplish this type of stitch, look at this You Tube video- it is fantastic.
As you all may know, I along with every other knitter, is obsessed with Purl Soho/ Purl Bee. So this August, when I was searching for new knit projects I came across this…
and immediately fell in love. This cowl is called the White Caps Cowl. Laura from Purl Bee created it by using the Habu’s thick and thin Cotton Nerimake Slub and Alchemy’s Silken Straw. When I looked closely at the pattern, I realized that although this cowl looks very complicated, it was mainly made up of a simple knit stitch on size US #4, 16 inch circular needles. Because of this, I knew I could not substitute these yarns.
So in September, while I was in New York City for work, I decided to stop by Purl Soho and pick up the yarns used.
Purl Soho is a beautiful shop and my experience there was quite pleasant. Read in detail about my experience here.
My basket of yarn, bought at Purl Soho! You can even tell how soft it is from the photo.
I originally started this project because I read the pattern and really wanted something that I could knit up quickly and wear immediately. Unfortunately, the yarn was more difficult to knit with then I thought. The Habu’s think and thin Cotton kept breaking, so in the end I wasted yarn and came up short. So I wasn’t able to decrease the end of the project like that pattern said. I ran out of yarn and had to just end the project. So in my cowl there is not the proper decreases. I did decrease some, but not as much as the pattern called for, so therefore the shaping is not exact, and mine drapes way more than the pattern photo.
In this photo you can see the variation of the two yarns used. You can also see the slight decrease.
Although, my cowl didn’t turn out exactly like the pattern photo, I still love it. Look at the texture the combo of the Cotton and Silk creates. It also is very soft, drapey, and super light weight. I love that it is warm but light enough to wear indoors, though out the day.
In this photo, you can really get an idea of how my cowl drapes. I also am thinking about adding a button so I can wear it different ways, and create different shapes with it.
In the end, I highly recommend this pattern. Whether your cowl comes out exactly like the pattern photo or something like mine… either way, the cowl is lovely because the yarn is so unique!