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My newest pattern is the Heavenly Cowl!
I wanted to design something with a SweetGeorgia Yarn. SweetGeorgia Yarns is a Canadian hand-dyed yarn company with beautiful yarns and colours. I used CashSilk Lace, a silk and cashmere lace yarn. This cowl is light, airy, ethereal, … heavenly. It’s perfect for spring. And the yarn is heavenly to work with – sooo soft! This pattern is perfect for this type of luxurious yarn. We usually buy only one skein of a luxury yarn, right? This is a one-skein luxury yarn project.
This is a quick knit, but it does require attention to a few details.
This is a lace-weight yarn and it’s worked on US 4 needles. It must be blocked to open the lace pattern and to achieve the finished size. The cast-on and bind-off edges must be loose so that they stretch during blocking. When casting on, use both needles held together or a larger needle. And use a larger needle when binding off. Or, if you have a favourite stretchy cast-on or bind-off that you like to use, this is the time to use it.
It is worked in the round in one piece. That means casting on a lot of stitches and making sure that they don’t get twisted. When casting on a lot of stitches with the long tail cast on it can be hard to know how much yarn you will need. Try casting on with both ends of your yarn – like this. Keeping track of the number of stitches can be hard too. Do you find yourself counting and re-counting your cast on stitches all the time? Place markers every 10, 50, or 100 stitches to keep track. Remove them when you work the first round. Do you struggle with twisted stitches when casting on in the round? You may want to cast on and knit the first few rounds as rows, worked flat. Then join for knitting in the round and seam those first rows later.
For more tips on knitting this pattern, check out what my test knitters had to say in the test knit thread.
With attention to these details, you will end up with a beautiful light and airy cowl that can be worn long, wrapped twice, or wrapped three times around the neck.
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