Yep, I’ve added another one to the now growing collection!
The pattern for this royal blue beauty is called Burnished Leaves. I found it, like so many of my knitting patterns lately, over on Ravelry.
I know blue is an odd choice for a leaf like design but I think it came out pretty sweet anyway. I’ve been using the Everyday soft worsted from the Deborah Norville collection at Joann’s for these cowls I’ve been knitting. Mostly because they are soft, squishy and inexpensive. So, if I screwed up my first attempts and ruined things I wouldn’t be completely heart broken, but if they succeeded they’d still be fun to wear. So far success!
Maggie is such a good supervisor! 🙂
This pattern was hard to get in my head. It’s a 16 row repeat and even though the even rows are all just knit I still found it hard at first not to check the pattern every few stitches. That being said; it’s a pretty simple pattern and one I’d definitely knit again. I love the design.
One thing I didn’t do is swatch this first to get the right gauge. (Because I’m lazy about stuff like that.) So, my cowl came out a little bit big. It’s totally cozy and wearable, and someone who wants a cowl to not hug too tight around their neck will love it. The leaf pattern creates a lovely wave that collapses easily into its self and creates a perfect drape. However, I do think it would hug the neck a little better if it were just a tiny bit smaller. Something to consider for the next one!
All this cowl knitting is making me so much more comfortable with knitting in the round that I’m giving lots of serious thought to casting on for my first sweater. I haven’t settled on a pattern yet; I’m still weighting the ease of pattern versus the boredom factor and style. So, if you’ve got any suggestions for a first sweater pattern I’d love to hear them!
For the moment I’ve still got a skein of red yarn to turn into (oh yes) another cowl! Who’s up for a cowl covered Christmas 2013? That seems to be the shape of things around here judging by January. What does your January say about your year to come?