Friday, April 12, 2013

Wrap Around Cowl

I made a wrap around cowl, it is the first wearable piece I have made with my hand spun yarn!


I had 32g/1 oz of BFL from Sweet Georgia Yarns (it is from their Spinning Colour Six-Pack), the colour is Summer Dusk, and I used 83g/3 oz of natural merino (from a good friend).



I spun the BLF evenly and quite thin, and the merino was spun thick and thin.


The two were coil plied together. It is super soft!


You can see the yarn better in the above picture.



My sister happened to drop by, and was so kind to agree to be my model for the cowl! Thank-you!

I got the idea for this project from the free Craftsy class Short Rows - which was fabulous and better than some of the Craftsy classes that I paid for ("Shoot It" in particular!). I used the 'wrap and turn' with variation.


You can see the short rows in the above photo. This idea is used to make shawlettes - maybe one day I will spin enough yarn for one.

How I made the Cowl -

For the cowl I cast on 100 stitches, on size 8mm needles. I did 3 rows of garter stitch and then started stockinette and the short rows - making each row 6 stitches shorter until there was no more room. Once all the wrap and turns were picked up I finished the piece with rows of garter stitch until I had just enough yarn for casting off. I finished it off with a big mother of pearl button on one end and a loop on the other end.
It was hard to determine the size of the yarn because it is thick and thin, it varies between double knit and bulky.

I made a wrap around cowl because I didn't want a cowl that needed to be pulled over my head. Since it is still cold here, I'll be able to wear it now!


Can you spot the pair of grey partridges in the above photo - they spent the morning hiding there.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

5 comments:

Mosaic Magpie said...

Very pretty! Thanks for telling us how you did it too!
Deb

Terry said...

very pretty and warm looking Joanne.

Dora, the Quilter said...

Beautiful yarn. Beautiful cowl. I loved reading this. (and you have a beautiful sister and sweet partridges too!)

Joan said...

So pleased to see what you have actually been knitting from your terrific spinning. I love how you have spun and plied it. I looks so lovely and warm, and is sure to get plenty of use :)

Sharon said...

Your cowl is beautiful as is your yarn. I'm sure it will be quite cozy.