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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Me Time

The past couple of weeks I've been in "hand knit holiday gift lock down".  Since I am a selfish knitter by nature, I needed a (relatively) quick knit that was not a holiday gift as a change of pace.
I have been staring at this one skein of Malabrigo Worsted on the shelf at Westport Yarns for months.  This poor orphan skein has been calling my name.

A combination of things happened that landed it in my knitting bag.  I have admired the Burberry Inspired Cowl since it made it's debut.  I remember seeing the ad for the real Burberry Cowl in a magazine and had thought about copying it. That's as far as it went. Imagine my delight when I saw that someone else actually did.  It's been in my queue ever since.

I have been searching for the right yarn since then.  Nothing fit the bill.  Then a customer came into Westport Yarns and she was knitting it with Malabrigo Worsted.  Hmmm, the wheels began to turn.

 I checked out the "yarn ideas" tab for the Burberry Inspired Cowl (look right above the pattern title) .
Malabrigo Worsted was the number one yarn people used. I think you can fill in the blanks from here.

You start out with a provisional cast on.  I tried a different method this time because when I do the crochet provisional cast on it doesn't always "unzip" easily. I used the Open, a.k.a. provisional, cast on from an article on knitty.com. It was a little more fiddly to set up, however, it came out easily when I was done. Then you graft it closed.  you could do a three needle bind off if you prefered.
While "watching" football with my husband, I knit 75% of it.  This yarn is a pleasure to knit with, it feels almost as soft as Cashmere.
All in all, a complete pleasure. I would definitely do this one again.  Malabrigo has 210 yards in it and I had less than a yard left.  Good till the last drop, I mean yard.

1 comment:

Les said...

Looks great! Thanks for pointing out the Yarn Ideas tab, I never noticed it and it will be very helpful.