Summer Knitting: A Cowl and a Scarf

Knitting during the summer doesn’t feel weird. I know, a lot of people see knitting and fibre arts as a cool weather thing, but, having just spent the whole summer knitting, I must disagree. There’s nothing quite like sitting around a camp fire as evening approaches with a ball of yarn and some knitting needles, an easy pattern, and some good friends passing roasting sticks around.

However, sharing those knitting projects once I was finished here on the blog? Well… that felt kind of weird. People are sweating in light summer dresses and flip flops; the last thing you would want to read about are projects designed to make you warmer.

I was grateful for the cool weather of last week. I know, the hot weather made another appearance this week. But somehow, now that we find ourselves fully in September with October looming close, it seems ok to share a little knitting again.

This scarf was an ‘in-between’ project. I’m not sure which projects it was in between, really. Probably this cardigan, and this lacy beret. It was a project to keep my hands busy and my commute occupied. In fact, most of this scarf was completed on the subway.

It follows the Ostrich Feather Scarf pattern, which came from the brand new Lace One-Skein Wonders book. I received the book to review, and can say honestly, it would be an excellent addition to anyone’s knitting book collection. Chalk full of beautiful lace patterns, all completed with a single skein of yarn. How can you go wrong?

Ok. I’ll admit. This scarf came out totally wrong. In reality, it was a lesson in following directions. And reading. See, the pattern tells you to repeat the lace rows 30 times or so, then switch to a different lace row for 30 rows or so. I read this and thought, “Hmm. That’s not going to make a long enough scarf. I’m going to continue the first lace row for as long as I want half the scarf to be. Then switch. I like long scarves!”

Oh, what a genius I am.

Of course, I missed the direction that told me to go back to the original lace row and repeat the whole thing 7 times. (In other words, lace pattern one 30 times, followed by lace pattern two 30 times, repeated 7 times, for a total of 420 rows.)

It’s not that it turned out badly – it didn’t – but it didn’t turn out right.

It will, however, be delightfully warm and thick for the winter. And soft. Oh, so soft.

Like the scarf, this cowl was meant to be a ‘light and easy’ project.

I started it concurrently with the lacy beret – which I’ll share here next week – as a ‘rest’ project. I discovered that, when I have a very complicated project on the go, it can be beneficial to have a second project on the needles for the moments when a little easy knitting is needed. I can’t, for example, carrying on a conversation when I’m keeping track of yarn-overs every second stitch.

This cowl, unfortunately, comes with a bit of a sad story.

This cowl got eaten by the dogs.

They were having a particularly bad day, I guess. Somehow, they managed to get the half-finished cowl on the needles off the dresser and onto the floor. I don’t like to blame Pekoe for things, but there’s a good chance he had a hand(paw) in sliding it over the edge. Experiments in gravity that never end. However it happened, Mocha and Kingsley got their teeth into it. I came home to splintered bamboo and slimy yarn.

Fortunately, I had another set of needles of the right size. I managed to slide the stitches off the mangled plastic of the cable onto the new set and didn’t loose a-one stitch. Just a poor, lovely, Chaigoo 5mm, 24-inch circular needle that I had simply not owned long enough.

Such is life with dogs. I have finish the cowl and long ago forgiven them. It’s pretty and turned out perfectly to go with my fall coat.
Bring on the cool weather! I am so so ready for it!
(You can see more project notes for these finished projects on the Ravelry project pages! Here for the cowl and here for the scarf. I write a lot of project notes.)
(If you want to make these yourself, you can purchase the scarf pattern either as a single pattern on Ravelry or through Amazon in the Lace One-Skein Wonders book – which is awesome, by the way. Or, you could make the cowl, which is a free pattern, found here.)
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