I used Rowan belle organic dk, in shade 00010. This is a 50% organic wool 50% organic cotton yarn, made in Italy; which is serendipitously appropriate given that most of the knitting was done in Italy. The rich and cosy mustard shade is one I've had on my fashion radar for a while now. I have been hunting for mustard-y goodness in either fabric or yarn, on and off in a desultory and increasingly despondent way for yonks, losing hope of ever seeing anything vaguely mustard-y. Then; when I spied this yarn in Calico and Ivy, I pounced!
Rather embarrassingly to admit, but this started out as my holiday project, that I took away with me on our recent trip. I started out with high flown fanciful ideas of a tall cowl with lots of sections with contrasting patterns, sorta to be like a knitting sampler. There were to be ribs, moss stitches, a few sections of squares, and alternating bands of plain and purl... all of which I started and all of which got unpicked and done over. Countless times! The final result I am wearing here which looks like, and is; a simple dimple little cable-knit cowl scarf is actually the product of a several weeks of knitting. And un-knitting. But let's not dwell on that... :)
Here it is: finished, and I am satisfied.
Sometimes, simple is best, yes?
If anyone is interested, here is my "pattern"; if you can even call it that :D
Using a 3mm circular needle, cast on 135 stitches.
(commence by inserting the needle into the first stitch cast-on, so that you are knitting in the round)
1st row; K2, K2 into the next stitch; repeat for the first round (180 stitches)
2nd row; K10, P5; repeat until the end of the round.
Repeat 2nd row 7 times.
10th row; slip next 5 stitches onto a cable needle, K the following 5 st, slip the 5 stitches from the cable needle back onto left needle and knit, P5; repeat 11 times (until the end of the round)
This is the cable row.
*Repeat 2nd row 12 times.
Repeat cable row*
Repeat from * to * until the cowl is a satisfactory length (I did another 13 repeats)
Repeat 2nd row 8 times.
K2, K2 tog, repeat until end of the round (135 stitches).
(this uses up about 4 and a half balls)
Scarf; handknit by me, using Rowan belle organic dk, in shade 00010 from Calico and Ivy
Jeans; Burda 7863 in khaki stretch gabardine, details and my review of this pattern here, and see these jeans styled in 6 different ways here
Tshirt; leopard print jersey knit, details here
Coat; McCalls 5525, ivory gabardine, details here and my review of this pattern here
Gloves; David Jones
Shoes; Francesco Morichetti, from Zomp shoes