Walking through the stacks at Romni Wools, I came across two large boxes filled with Estelle’s Cloud Cotton. Salivating over the richly colored organic yarn, I picked through the lot thinking of all the fall and winter cowls I could design. My hands picked up orange, red, and brown. Just then a pattern popped into my mind and into the bin the 3 skeins went!
|"Fall Twist Cowl" accented with a recycled clay button from Nature Buttons|
Flash forward several months and I’m once again digging through a box of yarn, but this time it is my stash. As I picked up the orange, at first I thought why did I buy orange? Besides it being my eldest nephew’s favorite color, the thought of knitting in orange was as unfamiliar as String Theory.
|Nathaniel climbing a rock wall, rockin' the orange T|
|Standing on a rock in the garden with my loved Great Dane, Cheeky by my side|
(yes, I knit that sweater - a modified Berroco pattern from long ago)
So the pattern was born. But the construction was completely foreign. I tried several attempts to achieve the cabled braided cowl, but kept running into the same difficulty – I lost too much length when I tried to braid during construction. I thought about doing short rows, but gawked at the time it would take. Instead I worked each section individually. However, this lead to the dreaded pattern testing.
|Knitting and weighing|
|Weighing and knitting|
On a final note, a big “thank you” to Weenut for naming my cowl design. If it were up to me it would be “Fall Braided Cable Cowl.” Her creativity in naming is much appreciated!
And here it is, "Fall Twist Cable" photographed with the assistance of my 1/2 torso mannequin!