Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mustard cable-knit cowl

As those clear and cold as crystal winter mornings descend upon us, and the desire to swathe oneself in warm and cosy woolies; I have finished knitting a neck-warmer thingamy-bob.
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).
Cast off.
(this uses up about 4 and a half balls)


Details:
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

33 comments:

  1. It turned out lovely...once you decided what you wanted to do. Your photos are a good reminder to me on our 100+ degree days that cool weather will return.

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  2. Gorgeous cowl and I might just give this a try but a not as deep, thank you for the pattern.

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  3. Simple and beautiful - that's perfection :) The color is gorgeous, great job!

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  4. I am not a knitter, and so I just spent my time here at your blog drinking in the shades within the photographs. Oh, how pretty autumn is for you. The sky and the water look quiet as though they too are waiting for winter to arrive.

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  5. I think the cowl is lovely (but I won't even try to read the pattern, I'm a very basic level knitter and cable patterns are mind-boggling to me) but, as Mary already mentioned, it was the whole picture that drew me in. That location is just great and all the colours subtly match each other...

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  6. Wow, that's beautiful! Love the colour! Now I'm getting inspired to get out my needles... pity Adelaide has nearly run out of decent wool shops (and fabric shops for that matter).
    Ingrid

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  7. You are so generous to share this pattern! Thank you. It looks gorgeous on you.

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  8. Your thingymabob is FABulous, but what I really want are your boots! What size did you say you wear? ;-)

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  9. It's lovely. I am impressed that you also sewed the coat!

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  10. Those are awesome cables! They remind me of the ocean actually; they seem to really move. A mustardy ocean ;) Perfect timing for the weather.

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  11. That's a lovely colour on you. I love cabled stuff, its so twisty :)

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  12. *sigh* as always I love your most recent creation but I particularly love the opening blog shot, the composition is superb. Gorgeous.

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  13. I love the colour...kind of earthy and against the setting vaguely patriotic!

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  14. Another gorgeous picture... I love that cowl - so beautiful. And it looks *ah-may-zing* with your hair.

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  15. I agree, the colour is great for you. The photo is so lovely I "almost" wish it was autumn here too. ;)
    I don´t know how to knit except for the basics, but that seems very intricate (is that a word?)

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  16. Oh wow, the color is beautiful. Your photo is just gorgeous. You find the most picturesque settings.

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  17. I must admit, it is rather odd to see someone sporting wintry attire when we just went through a spell of temperatures well over 30, however...
    That neck warmer is fabulous. The colour... the pattern... everything.

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  18. Love your scarf, such a fabulous color.

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  19. The colour of your scarf brings out the gold in your hair. I really like it with the white.

    As much as I loved seeing your great holiday snaps, the winter ones like this are ones I can identify more with at the moment.

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  20. Yes - you said it: sometimes ...

    And the 'start-and-unpick-and-restart-game' of knittings whilst on trips - the only thing to keep me sane during those special times where sometime nothing seems to work out (except the knitting = praise to the Lord then!!! )

    Love,
    Gerlinde

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  21. That's a gorgeous color for you, and the cabling is very nice. The cowl looks very cozy!

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  22. Ah, yes, for 'P.S.' :

    twist some stitches for replacement in cases where you'd officially rather love to have some other real life culprits neck instead for (give it a name ;-) !
    Reason: more satisfaction (yet didn't try the other method up to now; means, I resisted; hope to continue to stick to knit work instead ;-) !) due to nice(r) end result! Despite some days the option of 'free food and accommodation' (prison life as shown on TV-reports) nearly seems more acceptable than so called 'free life' with all its struggles!

    I think, I'd better head for some knit work right now - doesn't sound like my best day (up to now; yet never give up hope for improvement!) ;-) !

    Love,
    Gerlinde

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  24. Carolyn, a question regarding your silk jacket in a previous post. How did you pre-treat the fabric or did you just go ahead and cut? I have a silk matka and am wondering if I should wash it or soak it first before cutting. Thanks in advance for your reply.

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  25. The scarf really suits you! And your coat has reminded me of the term 'winter white'. I seem to always get black or navy coats for winter, no idea why.

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  26. Lovely cowl - it is supposed to be summer here in the UK but I would have been happy to wear that yesterday! The colour looks fabulous on you.

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  27. thank you so much for sharing the cowl pattern. i'm probably the slowest knitter in the world and have been looking for something that wouldn't be too much of a challenge - i think i can just about manage your pattern. it looks lovely on you, and a great colour too.

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  28. What a beautiful cowl. The colour is truly delicious! I have been eyeing things mustard-y for some time now, too. Beautiful coat, too!

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  29. It looks lovely and elegant, sometimes simple really is best!

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