Thank goodness for the finished result.
This was one of the most challenging pieces I’ve made in a long time, and I’ve been knitting 39 years. It wasn’t the pattern. I’m an accomplished knitter. However, this lace weight mohair, as beautiful as it, nearly did me in.
The biggest problem (I believe it must be this) is that two strands of this yarn can slide together and look remarkably like one strand. So you knit the two together having no intention of doing so, and you’re left with with either ripping the row out (a challenge with lace patterns, especially in a lace weight) or trying your best to adjust on the next row.
I did both multiple times and began to believe this project would never end. The lace pattern is very pretty, and the cowl pattern is well-written. It wasn’t the pattern that challenged me — if you’ve done lace knitting before and feel good about it, this would be a good project — but I can’t say it often enough: I did not do well with the lace weight mohair.
Let me be clear, that was nowhere near the suggested yarn. I take full responsibility.
I’m wishing I’d gone up a needle size when I bound it off, because despite my best efforts, it wasn’t loose enough, so I wouldn’t be able to wear this fully draped down (I’m telling you, that lace weight mohair takes special care). However, it is pretty as is.
With the right yarn I have no doubt this would be a pleasure to knit and wear. The pattern is the Samurai Cowl in the Fall 2017 issue of Knitting Traditions. I want to give the designer, Emma Welford, credit for her careful and pretty design.
The pattern is first knit back and forth, the the piece is joined together and knit in the round. There are graphs for both the straight knitting and the circular knitting, and although multiple stitches are used (three ways to decrease two), none of them would be unfamiliar to most knitters with at least intermediate experience (and many beginners would recognize them, too — some beginners amaze me!).
I have a lot of the lace mohair yarn left over — yikes. Next pattern I use with it wlll be simpler to accomodate my own lack of skill with this yarn. Which, by the way, is Malabrigo Lace in Emerald Blue.