I finished my cowl out of Lana Bambu and Kid Seta! The drape is fantastic. It keeps my neck warm and acts as a lovely accessory. Even better, it is a super easy project. Free pattern below.
Simplicity Cowl by Chesley Flotten
1 skein Lana Bambu
1 skein Kid Seta
16" circular, size US 7 needles.
Gauge= 4.5sts per inch
Holding both yarns together, cast on 118 sts. Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.
Knit in stst for 3 inches.
Decrease row: *k7, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round.
Knit in stst for 2.5 inches
Decrease row: *k6, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round.
(Note: my version is loose around the neck to allow for the drape. If you want a closer fit, add one more round of decreases as follows:
Knit in stst for 2 inches. Decrease row: *k5, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round.)
Continue knitting in stst until you reach the desired length.
Bind off. Weave in ends, and enjoy!
While you are deciding what color to make your very own Simplicity Cowl, let's take a look at how the Fireside Sweaters are coming with our knit along.
Some really incredible knitting is happening with this KAL. Gorgeous, twisty cables are emerging from needles and wool. Isn't that amazing? Doesn't it just take your breath away sometimes? The way a few movements with sticks and string can make the most beautiful fabrics.
Luanne has taken the lead. She has the two front sides done and has cast on for the back. Don't you just love the color? She is using Cascade 220.
Here is the start of the back:
Amanda's is striking in a gorgeous red Eco Wool:
Cathy has a stunning purple Eco Wool:
Jen has a lovely grey Eco Wool:
As does Becka:
Donna has a gorgeous heathered purple in Eco Wool:
(Pssssstt... anyone wanting to snag some Eco Wool like you see above should know that we have a BIG shipment arriving this week - Thursday - if my UPS tracking is correct.)
Donna M. was planning on starting with her Ultra Alpaca this past weekend. Melissa joined us with a beautiful blue Ultra Alpaca. I finished one front, and have started on the second. However, I was so excited to see everyone else's sweaters that I completely forgot to take a picture of my own!!
We have a number of knitters knitting alongside us with cable projects of their own. One of the most outstanding is David's Wilson sweater out of Berroco's Ultra Alpaca. (The color he is using is called Lichen Mix.)
The pattern is from Norah Gaughan's Mens collection. The original design called for a heavier yarn, but by using the Ultra Alpaca, David is creating a warm, yet lightweight fabric.
SInce this picture was taken, I hear he has finished the back. I'm sure it won't be long before he has the whole sweater done!