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chicago cowl

I guess I’m continuing the trend of city names and travel themes in recent blog post titles! My previous post was about the Sydney jacket (of which I have one more cut out of charcoal wool felt, ready to get assembled, yey!), and now the cowl I knit from the souvenir yarn I treated myself to this summer, visiting Chicago.

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Yarn: Malabrigo Arroyo yarn, sports weight and hand dyed, color 048 Glitter
Pattern: None. Ravelry project page here.
Techniques: Knits and purls

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As cliched as it is, I have to start with mentioning that the weather here has been *amazing* lately. We’ve had weeks and weeks of almost all sunshine and blue skies, and for a city that might just out-rain Seattle, that should be saying something! It also meant I could take advantage today of my mid-day stroll to the university campus for an essay feedback meeting, and take some pictures in the university museum garden. I absolutely love that this garden is in my neighbourhood, and I absolutely love walking through it every chance I get!

If you’re wondering what the deal with the singular shoe is, I had toe surgery a few days ago. Scheduled, and successful, and now recovering nicely. It also explains why I’m not at work in the middle of a Wednesday! I’ll be clunking along with the open sandal for a few weeks, and I’m taking the opportunity to show off some gems from my knitted sock collection. These are the socks I knit with souvenir yarn from my Barcelona-trip last year, which is probably a good project to share next. Oh, and my souvenir knits match. I guess I’m consistent! :)

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chicago_cowl-9The cowl kind of matches my eyes!

The cowl is simple enough – about 90 or 100 stitches, knit in the round, until I ran out of yarn. I really wanted a slightly narrower cowl that would stay closer to my neck, but I did not like the pooling that happened at around 65-70 stitches, so I went back to a larger circumference. And man, do I love the color. The variation of the greenish-yellow burnished gold layers so beautifully that I want to climb up into a tree with the changing leaves and be one with the tree. Or something like it. The color is just the best! (and…. not a stranger to the blog. I have so many projects with this mustardy color, not to mention the very header of the blog!)

As for the stitch pattern I think it is some variation on a brioche stitch (though I’m not quite sure what a brioche stich even is, so don’t hold me to this!). When knit flat every wrong side is knit, so purl bumps appear on the right side. Then the right side is done with alternately knitting a stitch and knitting into the stitch below. For the cowls knitted in the round I’ve purled every other row to achieve the same purl bumps on the right side.

I’ve used the same stitch pattern in this yellow cowl, the sweater I made in fashion school, and while not entirely the same, this honey cowl (now lost! Sad face.) used a similar slip/skew construction that breaks up color variation in a fun way. It’s pretty stunning in plain yarn too – I just finished some unselfish knitting, making a sweater where the whole back is in this squishy yummy pattern. I look forward to sharing some better pictures than the cell phone ones on the ravelry page, but all in good time.

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Finally, a picture of a small piece of the lovely museum garden. I’m so glad I get to walk through parks every day on my way to work, or school, or downtown!

Anyone else playing camouflage with the pretty fall leaves nowadays?

  • Cosiadoru

    I love the yarn you chose, it’s autumn like:)
    Have a good recovering:)

    • The colors are like an entire tree in one handful! :) Thank you!