FO: Tea Cowl

So, with 5 days till the end of the year I decided that I wanted to cast on and finish a project by year end.  I hadn’t knit to such a tight deadline before, and with the Tanis Fiber Arts Knit-a-Long (KAL) starting on January 1st I had  a real incentive to get it done on time.  I didn’t want to hibernate this cowl till February because I have big plans for the KAL (which I will showoff once I get the projects started).

I have had this yarn in the stash for a while, and I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to knit up.  It turns out that Earl Grey is a fantastic color. I hope to get my hands on more of it in the future.

The pattern was one I had found while searching for patterns for cowls for my mom, who is starting to knit.  I was attracted to the pattern because it ends up being reversible, some I really appreciate. I am a total cowl fanatic and this is a much appreciated addition to my collection.

– Details –

Project Name: Tea Cowl

Pattern: Hourglass Cowl by Leslie Weber

Recipient: Me

Yarn: madelinetosh Tosh DK in Earl Grey

Modifications:

  • Enlarged – using my scale I managed to finish the project with just yards to spare, well about 5 yards.

New Skills:

  • Braiding ends – Because the pattern is reversible there is to wrong side to weave in the ends on so I braided the tails together because the yarn was superwash so no spitsplice and I am all thumbs when it comes to the russian join.  I must say I was totally impressed with the braided join.

Feedback:

  • Yarn: As with the Olivia hat, the tosh DK yarn was fantastic, the yarn is a nice balance of drape and twist. However in this case I was just blown away by the color.  The Earl Grey color was an interesting dance between a multi and a tonal and make me thing of a cup of milky tea and for some reason Austin, TX.  The sand and greys remind me of the colors in the city.
  • Pattern: Good pattern, I really appreciated how the spiral ribbing worked beautifully into and out of the body pattern, and the way the reverse side is as attractive as main side.

Re-Knit?: Probably not, too many cowl patterns too little time, however I would suggest it to others as it is seemingly error free and a great size with two skeins of heavy DK/light worsted yarn.

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