Wednesday, 23 February 2011

the cowl of happiness

i really wanted to use the yarn my sister brought back from NYC on something special, something i loved & would get a lot of use from, after a little thought i knew i wanted to make a cowl, so set about looking for a pattern, i found loads & found it tricky to choose, i knew how i wanted it to be, but wasn't quite sure how to get what i wanted (if you know what i mean!)

so first up i knitted this pattern, i had high hopes for this one, i loved the cable pattern as i was knitting it, but once finished it was way bigger than i wanted it to be & felt the cables kind of got lost, so not having wasted too much time on it, i frogged it & set about making up my own pattern, having learnt more about what i wanted by this time

i knitted it with a simple rib & then moss stitch pattern for the main part, about half way through i knew this was going to be way to big, so i decreased a few stitches, stopped knitting in the round, & added some button holes, in the hope that it would just tighten the top enough to achieve what i wanted, sadly it didn't & by now i was so determined to get this just right! so inspired by this project, i frogged the yarn again & set about knitting a third pattern

happy days! i'm so pleased i pushed on to get something i was truly happy with & didn't just make do, this turned out just how i wanted, it has a great texture, which works really well with this yarn, it's soft, warm & fits just so, i just pop it on & wrap in round again, i can pull it up over my nose when needs be & it stays there, perfect for the cold winter's weather that has been lingering, now i won't mind so much is spring holds off for a week or two! you can check out the details over on ravelry if you're interested

there a also few more pic's of the cowls that didn't quite make the grade over on flickr


  1. It's gorgeous! A cowl is on my to-do list- I saw one in the Brora catalogue that I fancy making my own version of... but of course if I start now it'll be summer before it's done! Love your colour choice and the stitch texture. Laurax

  2. Oh boy, it was defnitely worth all those trials, it's stunning xox the colour and texture looks beautiful and sumptuous x Enjoy!

  3. looks great, the extra effort was definatly worth it.

  4. That looks lovely, the colour is gorgeous.

  5. looks lovely it's inspired me to have another look at making one from out of jumper I felted. It is strange but with the bloody earthquake came Autumn, the evenings are cooler and the rain is getting more frequent.

  6. thanks for the comment Kelly, good news at last we can flush our toilets, but only once a son said he would prefer to go on using our own arrangements than do that....LOL

  7. So cosy looking- your perserverence definitely paid off xx

  8. hey kelly,
    thanks for visiting me....I'm now having serious cowl AND camera envy!!
    good work,
    fee x