Spring has technically arrived so I better post this cozy project before it looks silly. Although, anyone living in the metro Vancouver area would agree that it has been colder than usual and wearing a hand knitted wool cowl wouldn’t exactly be strange these past two weeks.
Those of you that know me, have heard me say many times that I don’t know how to knit and I wasn’t interested in learning.
This is why I never say never…
Yes, I have finally taken up knitting. Thanks to watching a few YouTube video tutorials, I managed to teach myself how to knit and I’ve already completed my first project – a warm and versatile cowl neck scarf made of 100% wool in a lovely charcoal colour.
Don’t look too closely! There are tons of mistakes. I used a free pattern I found on ravelry.com, an awesome online community for crocheters and knitters. The pattern was simple and easy to follow but being a little on the impatient side, I often rushed through rows and knitted when I should have purled and purled when I should have knitted. Hence, the obvious errors in my scarf.
Do not be deceived by the simplicity of the eternity scarf. While the project is easy enough for knitting newbies, it does require time and patience. Each row or round consists of 160 – 220 stitches (depending on how long you want your scarf). That is a lot of stitches. It took me something like 6-8 weeks to finish my scarf. Mind you I have a billion other things to do so if you can dedicate yourself to one project at a time, you should be able to complete this cowl a lot faster!
The scarf was made using 2 skeins of Patons Classic wool and 5mm circular needles (90cm). I find Patons Classic wool is quite soft and it doesn’t leave me feeling itchy from the fibres.
I love how my cowl turned out. It is warm, cozy and versatile. I made the long version of the cowl which can be wrapped twice around the neck for warmth or just for a different look. The scarf is technically “reversible” since the pattern looks pretty on both sides. I’m thinking the shorter style cowl would be great for my girls. Wearing a cowl is much better than a long scarf, especially for the little ones. No need to worry about any ends being caught or wrapped around the neck too tight!
I’m not sure what my next knitting project will be. Maybe a pair of socks for each of my girls or something for the baby.
P.S. Here’s an important tip: Avoid twisting your first row! I discovered a twist after knitting 2.5 inches and unfortunately had to take it apart and start over. (That would be about 2000 wasted stitches.)
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