Monday, August 31, 2009

FO: Tapestry Cowl

Pattern: Tapestry Cowl by Pepperknit Patterns

Yarn: 2 skeins Malabrigo Yarn Sock (Terracotta and Cordovan)

Needles: US 5 circular

Started: May 20, 2009

Finished: Aug 14, 2009

Comments: I love patterns where I get to try out new techniques. Your basically knitting both inside and outside of the cowl simultaneously. It becomes tricky with handling the two yarns at the same time, so while I was learning double knitting I was also learning to knit continental. I highly recommend knitting with both hands in a project like this. It makes the project go by very quickly.

You'll notice that the double knitting technique gives you a mirror image of the pattern, so there is no correct side. In order to achieve this your cast-on method must be very invisible along with your bind-off.

The cast-on is fiddly, but not terribly hard. It was the bind-off that I still quiver from. Lets just take a moment to understand what I'm about to tell you. The pattern it's self calls for 110 stitches in each color. That means you have 220 stitches that you'll have to bind-off with KITCHENER. [faint]

I don't do cuff down socks just to avoid kitchener on the toe and that's only 10 stitches, maybe 16 at most. Hey... kitchener on 220 stitches Takes.For.Ever.

So, even with that being said, I would totally do it again. I would however change my needle size to perhaps a US3. The finished project is a bit slouchy and I think my gauge and tension relaxed a bit much.


KathyR said...

Lots of kitchener stitches but soooo worth it! This cowl looks gorgeous on you - well worth the trouble!

A :-) said...

It's beautious :-)

Karin said...

I love your photoshoots!! It looks great, and so do you!

k_purls2 said...

I really like this! The colors are great, the brown background with the orange popping out, oh so Fall! Nina in Bucktown is having the Malabrigo owners at her shop tomorrow. How did you like working with their sock yarn?

Kris said...

Knitting with Malabrigo is heaven! It is one of my top 5 sock yarns.