Knitting Diary: New Cowl
Cathy's Cowl. But It took a while before I got to work on one for myself.
You see, I hardly ever begin with a design that I try to match to yarn, but almost always begin with yarn that I try to match to a design. And none of the creepy pastels that I pilfered from my late grandmother's stash seemed worthy of something as glorious as a cowl. It was not until an aunt in the US took pity on me and sent over two balls of Caron One Pound in Sunflower that I started the Knitted Infinity Scarf pictured on the left.
It took a while, because I'm a really tight knitter--which worked against me when it what time to start the K2tog stitches for the lace. My irrational insistence on using double-pointed needles instead of a circular needle ("Our ancestors did not have circulars!") may also have contributed to my difficulties. Moreover, I suspect--though I can't really prove--that if I had been using a circular needle, I would not have inadvertently decreased the circumference of the cowl as much as I ended up doing. As you can see from the official picture, it's supposed to be a kind of cylinder; but by the time I was done with it, it was something closer to a cone.
This time, I actually followed the pattern as closely as I could--to the point of boredom! =P And yet I still managed to tweak the design. I'm not sure whether to be embarrassed or pleased.
But to be honest, my first reaction was disappointment. I had really wanted to make a nice cowl for myself, and what I had after nearly a month of work was . . . well, a nice cowl. =P It took a few minutes to recover from the blow to my ego that was the the realization I had produced yet another less-than-perfect product, but after I got over it, I found myself really happy with what I had. Sure, it's not what I had in mind when I started the project--but it's still great!
There's just one awkward adjustment did I have to make. Since one opening is so small (and I used the cast off that apparently kills any hope of stretchiness), it's difficult to get over my head and I can't use the cowl as a hood when this opening is on top. So although I prefer the way the cowl looks with the small opening on top, I have to put it on upside-down if I want to keep the top of my head warm as well. But because the small opening doesn't drape at all, it doesn't hold the heat in around my neck while it's warming my head. It's definitely a flawed design . . . but I don't mind as much as I feared I would.
I've already worn it with three different outfits. Here's the fun one for my office's "Pop Art" themed party . . .
There's enough of the Caron yarn left over for a blanket (or three!), so I'll be getting started on my biggest project yet during my Christmas holiday.
Image Source: DIY knitted infinity scarf