This floral cowl was a fun excuse to learn a new skill. I designed the chart and knit it as a double-knit, so the inside and outside are the same pattern but inverse colors. I figured a little cowl is just a tube so it should be quick and easy to knit, right? Ha! 40 hours of knitting later (and one stripe less than I originally planned!) it's finally done. But it was worth every (slow) stitch because it's bright and fun and happy and cheerful and coz.
I knit this from Sublime cashmere-merino-silk DK weight yarn given to me by Minerva Crafts for being a part of their blogger network. It's a lovely yarn and I would be very happy to use it again in another project. In fact, I'd be tempted to use this same selection of colors to knit myself a little cardigan or a simple pullover. It's great to work with, soft on the hands and doesn't split. And the fiber blend is luxurious. I want to wrap myself in it!
Double knitting was fun to tackle and really not hard to pick up, albeit slow. If I do it again, I should probably learn how to hold the yarn so I can knit more quickly (there must be a way). Conceptually, I find double knitting really interesting - twice the number of stitches are cast on and then every other stitch is knit so it goes to the front and every other stitch is purled so it makes a knit stitch on the back. With both yarns in back, you knit a stitch with one color, bring both yarns to the front, and purl with the other color. This makes one stitch in front and one stitch in back. Every time that you change colors you connect the front and back of the piece together so it becomes a really thick fabric instead of a front and back that are loose from each other.
I thought that I was long past the time in my knitting career that knitting a tube would make me really happy, but I'm always glad to surprise myself :)
As I said, I designed this stitch chart myself. I'd love to see it used (for a cowl or anything else), so pop on over to my website if you want to download a copy for yourself. You can also find this project on Ravelry. You can get the same yarn I used in my materials list and seriously, pick some up even if you don't want to use it for a floral cowl, because it's dreamy!