Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Knitting: GAP-tastic Cowl
It's the GAP-tastic Cowl and it's all mine!!
When people ask me, "what have you been doing?", I think "what haven't I been doing?" I have a lot of time consuming hobbies - sewing, baking, cooking, knitting, home improvement, gardening, photoshop design, this blog, etc.. I've always got multiple things on the go. Those who know me, know that sewing is my #1 stressor and stress reliever. But, lately I've been turning to knitting. I made the Katy Cowl twice - one for my sister and one for a friend. While I really liked both of those cowls, I also wanted to try knitting in the round.
I decided to knit a cozy cable cowl designed by Purl Soho. So pretty. But in hindsight, not very practical for me. This cowl was my downfall. But unfortunately I didn't know it until I was more than half way through.
As I continued to knit, I noticed that the cowl was getting very big. I tried it on and this is what it looked like and I was only half way through the pattern.
I began to wonder if I should stop. I even made hubby try it on (which he did - xoxo). It was hard to wear under my coat, but also hard to wear above my coat since I have a hood.
I decided to undo the cowl after I had a nightmare about it. #2 got his hands on my yarn and left me this yarn snowman. That gave me the push I needed to find another pattern.
Enter the GAPtastic cowl. It's one of the most popular cowl patterns on Ravelry and the designer made it available as a free download. Thank you!
Again, I used the Wool-Ease in grey marble with size 13 needles. I used 10 less stitches than the pattern called for as I wanted my cowl to be closer to my neck. I cast on using the long tail method with a 150" tail (24" left over after cast-on).
It was easy doing the seed stitch and it wasn't boring at all!
I was done very quickly and bound off using a regular bind off.
I do regret not doing a super stretchy cast-on/off.
My join in the round needs work, but my bind off in the round was well hidden. I followed this tutorial on how to neaten the last stitch.
So there you have it. A cowl for me!
It was perfect for our day outdoors at Winterfest this weekend. Check out this cool ice sculpture!