Pattern: Shaw Hill
Needles: 8 mm circulars (US 11)
Mods: None, except needle size. Project page can be found here.
Notes: This was a total win for me. I adored the yarn, it was so soft and so awesome and I totally fell in love with the bright colours in the tweedy flecks, there’s no doubt in my mind I will use this yarn again. And the pattern! I love cables, I love cowls, so this was just all kinds of awesome. And when you’re knitting a pattern you love with a yarn that feels amazing in your hands… the thing practically knits itself.
I’m a fan of cowls that are big enough to pull over your shoulders like a caplet*, And this did not disappoint. It’s easy to ensure that this will fit around your shoulders, regardless of your size- the cables are knit flat, so you can measure them around your shoulders any time, then grafted together before picking up stitches for the ribbing edge. This sort of construction allows for you to totally customize the fit for whatever would suit you best. You could even add in an extra cable repeat, if you wanted a bigger/longer cowl. I think this might be the first project I’ve knitted with cables along the edges, and I love how it looks! Must knit more like this. Or, you know, maybe this design over and over again, in some different colours.
I know what you are asking yourself right now- ‘The cowl is nice and all, but what the heck is she doing with that stuffed goat?’ And the answer is related to this rambunctious little monkey:
The Outtakes post is coming very soon- let the stuffed goat be a little teaser for the silliness that ensued!
* I hate referring to them as capelets, they are so far from capes and so much closer to cowls, in my opinion. But I do like to think of them as being like the pretty caps of mushrooms.