This is my next project.
This is my first time knitting ‘in the round’.
Clicking here takes you straight to The Big Herringbone Cowl pattern by Purl Soho on ravelry.
In fact, I would be very happy to work through every one of the Purl Soho designs.
Take a long look here http://www.ravelry.com/designers/purl-soho?page=1
This cowl has been recreated over 2,500 times. The photos are all there to prove it.
I love to see how the different yarns used changes the look of the garment.
Using the photos I found a Big Herringbone Cowl created with an Alpaca yarn sold in the UK.
Whilst I love the cream in the shot above, I know it would be smeared in makeup after a few wears so I’ve gone with this.
Artesano Aran Alpaca in Violet
This is a big step up in price from the recycled cotton aran used for my jumper.
I’ve found the Herringbone stitch pretty heavy going. Knitting in the round on the short needles was also tough to get used to. I could only manage an hour without cramps in my shoulders and fingers to begin with.
However with perserverance things are getting faster and my shoulders and fingers less tense.
I’ve used these beautiful needles. Knit Pro Symfonie Wood Interchangeable points.
Although expensive, I am now completely sold on these Symfonie wooden needles.
The pattern recommends a 9mm needle. One of the tips I read was to use a 9mm on one end of the cable and a 12mm on the other end. This indeed makes this particular stitch a whole lot easier.
Here is my work thus far.
My daughter voiced a desire for me to knit a similar cowl for her, having felt the beautiful wool against her face.
I explained to her that there is no way a ‘year eight’ is going to school in an alpaca wool scarf.
Is that too harsh?
Love, Lucie xx
- Quest for the perfect knitted cowl (lovelucie1.wordpress.com)