Pink Lace Cowl

The pink yarn project was a bust. I got to the end on Saturday, and it just wasn’t long enough to wear like I wanted. I frogged, and I wasn’t sad because I adore the yarn and loved knitting with it. I found another pattern, and before we left for the girl’s recital yesterday, I grabbed the needles I needed. Unfortunately, within four rows I realized I didn’t like the fabric. It was too loose. I have an image in my head of what I want this scarf to be, and I just can’t find the pattern that fits that image. SO, I guess I’m going to try to figure it out myself. I want it to be a horizontal scarf with tapered ends but I don’t know how many stitches to cast on. That means my first step is a swatch. ACK! I’m not a swatcher. I mean, I know how, and I would do it for something like a sweater, but I kind of hate it. Still, I love this yarn enough that I want the final product to be as close to perfect as possible. For pink cashmere, I will swatch!

I needed a break from that project before trying to design the pattern, though. I realized yesterday that I have very few solid color scarves/cowls in my hand knits, and since I wear a lot of striped/patterned shirts, I need more solids. Plus it’s getting warmer, so I need something cooler than dense wool. Again, I had an image in my head, but this time I got lucky in finding a pattern, and I finished my Lace Summer Cowl this morning.

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Pattern is Summer Lattice Cowl and the yarn is SMC Select Juliette, a bulky pink cotton. I modified it to work in the round, rather than having to deal with seaming, so I cast on 120 stitches and just knit until I decided it was done. It’s exactly what I wanted, and now I just want to make myself ten more solid color cowls! But instead, I’m going to balance my knitting by working on some commissions for a bit. I started the Marcelle Wrap by Little Church Knits for my sister this weekend and so far the pattern is flying along. I can’t wait to get to the stripe section so I can add in the dark green.

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Maybe I’ll get there today! For the first time in weeks, my entire day is empty, and I’ve got a yucky cold, so I’m going to plant myself on the couch and enjoy some binge-watching and knitting. Pretty sure I’ll have some furry friends keeping my company too.

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7 thoughts on “Pink Lace Cowl

  1. oh, Bonny, I hope you feel better soon! And find or create the perfect pattern for that wonderful yarn. I also dislike swatching, and had to do it just yesterday. I cast on ten stitches and did ten rows. I decided (time will tell if I am right or not) that a swatch is a swatch and who said it has to be 4 inches square? My less than two inches square one should give me a good idea of row and stitch count. 🙂 Have a good day on the couch with dog and knitting, hope you get to the green!

  2. I hope you are feeling better. I really like the lace cowl, the stitch definition is gorgeous in that yarn. Good luck with the swatching (I’m one of those annoying people who thinks swatching is fun!) but it’s exciting that you are working on your own original design!

    • You like swatching? Well, I guess no one is perfect! 🙂 Yes, this is probably the only thing I’ll “design”, something really simple. I really prefer to follow other people’s directions!

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