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Cowl Design Complete

A few weeks ago I posted a couple of samples of cowl designs, asking for feedback. Well, one of them is on its way to being my local yarn store’s fall design, while the other one — the one I’m featuring here — I worked up for myself.

The yarn is Malabrigo Rios, and it’s perfect for this design. It’s shaded rather than variegated, and the shades of color add depth and interest to this rather simple pattern. (By the way, I haven’t yet written up the pattern.)

This is a close-fitting cowl, about 21″ around and 8″ in height. As you can see, it drapes nicely around the neck, and while you could wear the lace points on either bottom or top, I demonstrated it wearing them on the bottom. They lay there nicely, and I didn’t even have to arrange them for the picture. That’s just how they fell naturally.

The Rios yarn made knitting it quick and simple, although I did find that when I needed to wrap the yarn for the dropped stitches it tended to pull tightly on the needle, making it difficult to knit the next row. I’ve worked that same stitch with a variety of yarns lately when testing this pattern, and the Rios was the only one with which I had a problem.

So now I have a decision to make. Does this go in the potential gift pile, or do I keep it for myself? Since it’s the same yarn I used to make a shawl earlier this year, I’m leaning toward keeping it. Time will tell.

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Malabrigo Shawl — Complete!

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Here it is…the Greystone Harbor shawl I’ve been working on. I’ve posted most (well, all) of the relevant information already, so this is just show-and-tell.

If it weren’t for the fact I just moved, I’d dress up a little and model it. However, I’m lucky I can find a clean pair of socks right now, let alone the right outfit to show this off.

If you want to see what I’ve already written about it, go to Malabrigo Shawl.

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Malabrigo Shawl

I’d planned to wait until I finished this shawl to post about it, but I’m so excited about it I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s the same pattern I used for the lace shawl I completed last month, but the look with the Malabrigo Rios yarn is completely different.

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The pattern is Greystone Harbor Shawl from the Spring/Summer 2016 Vogue Knitting. It’s not a beginner pattern, but not difficult. A fun challenge. There is a repeat of the same chart eleven times, so you get to know the pattern well by the time you’re done. Still, you do need to pay attention as you’re knitting. It’s beautifully designed; kudos to designer Rosemary (Romi) Hill.

The yarn is subtly shaded, but not variegated, which gives it depth but all the advantages of a solid color. It’s a merino superwash and wonderful to work with. I also think it shows off this pattern beautifully! While I was pleased with the finished result of my last Greystone Harbor shawl, I’m thrilled with how this is turning out.

I haven’t been a shawl person in the past, but this pattern has changed my mind. The completed project will be approximately the size the pattern calls for, about 63″ across the top.

One of the wonderful things about this pattern is the ability to shorten or lengthen simply by decreasing or increasing the number of repeats of the second chart. So if you’re petite, you may find you want it a little smaller. That same sort of change can be made to accommodate different weights of yarn, and it won’t negatively affect the look.

That top, by the way, is knit in, no extra finishing required. Yay!