Rasta Velvet Cowl

I’ve wanted to make this cowl for over a year. First Szilvi published her Rasta Velvet Cape, but that one required 2 skiens of Malabrigo Rasta (I had only one) and it was actually too big for me. So I patiently waited for Szilvi to publish the cowl design.

At the beginning of October  “Rasta Velvet Cowl” by Sylvi Design was finally available.

I love everything about this design. Firstly I’m totally smitten by the butterfly stitch :-) Then I made it in 2 hours! (mostly in the car on the way to my in-laws)

I also love the fit as I desperatelly needed a snug cowl to wear with my winter jacket. I’m not a fan of scarves  – not only when it comes to making them (booooooring yawn!) – but also because I feel I can neaver wear them properly.

I had to make some adjustments to get the best fit I wanted. The cowl is supposed to be knit with very big needles (15 mm), which would result in a loose fabric, but I didn’t want that. Additionally, since I wanted the cowl to be extremly soft next to skin I planned to wash it from the very beginning (Eucalan can do unimaginable magic to Malabrigo – you will not be able to take the garment of, believe me!) and that meant way too loose fabric. When the designer informed me that she didn’t wash the cowl, I decided to cast on with these huge 15-mm needles and then work with size 12 mm (not much smaller, but there was a huge difference when knitting!).

Changing the gauge allowed me to make the cowl a little higher, but that also meant I’d have to be really careful (and lucky) about yardage. If you look closely you will notice I have 4 sections with butterflies, however the ones close to my face have only three “wings”.  Binding of was really exciting! I had to cut off the tail from the CO and join strands by felting the ends to make it possible to bind off the last 6 stitches. The pic below shows exacly how much yarn was left. Close huh?

The yarn is wonderful. It’s slightly felted and really soft. And I think this is the warmest accessory in my closet now. I love it!

We took the photos in Inowrocław – it’s a really beautiful town where my Hubby’s parents live. We didn’t have much sun, but despite that the park looked wonderful drowned in yellow and orange leaves. I was also able to take some pics of my new accessory design which I hope to present to you properly very soon.

Have a lovely week!

xoxo

Justyna

Sleeves first

I just have to share with you little sneak peeks of a new cardigan I’m working on. I’m pretty excited about this one – it is worked from top down with sleeve caps shaped using short rows. Recently I’ve been using contiguous method a lot and I needed something new. Well, it’s not completely new to me as I designed a cardigan with such shaping two years ago, but it feels refreshing to be doing something different.

I can’t reveal a lot as the design is a collaboration with one of the most talented yarn dyers I know, but I sure can show you its beautiful color. I love it – light blue with small hints of gray, just perfect. This one will definitelly get a lot of wear from me. Right now I’m working on the sleeves. Again I decided to make them first as it speeds up my work a lot.

Have a great Friday!

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Have a lovely weekend, after all it starts tomorrow!

J.