Friday, January 19, 2018

More like crazy-making scandinavian cowl

Dear Oogy,
Look what you made me do.
I'm not sure when you decided that we would make Crazed Scandinavian Cowl, but my earliest pictures are from August, 2016.  I had just visited you a few weeks earlier, so that's when you must have convinced me to tackle it. 
Half way through Chart B
I seem to recall getting to chart G or H and realizing that I would not make it to chart R. I determined at chart J that with just one more chart I would have a wearable cowl and that I would stop then.
Charts A-K ready to be grafted into a cowl.

One of my favorite things about the fair isle style of knitting is that the finished product looks intricate, but each row is relatively easy.  Another favorite aspect of this form of knitting is that the fabric evolves when it is blocked, from scraggly looking stitches to uniform and tight ones.
before blocking
after blocking
This effect was even more noticeable on this project because we were using cones of  "Shetland" from Harrisville Designs.  The spinning oil in the yarn gets washed away during blocking and the resulting fabric is softer. I did a few interim blocking steps before it was done, just to see how it would look.  The cowl is very thick, and I'm not sure what I would have done with more of it.  I've been wearing it like a sash while I work at my desk--it keeps me plenty warm! 

So, what's next?!?!


smw said...

Beautiful work, but it looks really hot and heavy!11

Oogyknitter said...

Neuro - this is awesome!! What's next, you ask? 1) Sextisquatches!!! 2) Eponymuff. Onward!!!!