It is done!
I finished this baby Sunday night.
It weighs 647 grams. Round that up to 650 grams and estimate 400 yards per 100 grams, that’s approximately 2600 yards of fingering weight yarn.
The cowl is 13.5″ across and 83″ in circumference, but can easily be resized.
It’s unisex: it can be worn by either a woman or a man.
(A big thank-you to my coworkers EllenJayne and Lemiel for being such good sports and modeling the cowl!)
There is nothing terribly difficult in this pattern. You are only ever using 2 colors at the most per row and the motifs are, at the widest, 12-stitch repeats. So the only techniques you need to know to be able to knit this are:
- provisional cast-on
- stranded knitting in the round (which is actually easier than working it flat)
- grafting live stitches together.
If it is something you think you’d like to knit but you have no experience with stranded knitting, my advice is to try a small project first, like a pair of stranded wrist warmers. There are a bunch of free patterns for those on Ravelry.
There were a lot of questions in the comments about my use of colors (and thank you for all the nice comments about my color sense): did I plan out what colors I was using in advance? Not really — I just made sure that I was varying colors and that I had a nice mix of panels with dark background/light foreground and light background/dark foreground. Most of the yarns I used were semi-solids and heathers, with some variegated colorways as well. The variegated yarns I used were pretty subtle and I tried to make a point of pairing those with strong solids that showed a good contrast.
I’ve done a whole page of notes as part of the pattern: choosing colors, choosing yarns, and resizing the piece. You could knit this using just two colors, or you could use one color for the background and various colors for the foreground. There are a million different things you could do!
The pattern is available for sale on Ravelry, and for a limited time it is 40% off: for the next few days it will be $3.00 instead of $5.00. At noon on Sunday the price will go up to $5.00. The pattern includes detailed notes on resizing the cowl and also on choosing yarns and colors.
This is the most enjoyable project I’ve made in a very long time. It was such fun to knit, because I never got sick of it. I was changing colors every few rows so it was always fun and new.
And Loki thinks it makes a great pillow.