Last Wednesday I completed my Crazed Scandinavian Cowl.
This in knit from Elsa Wool Company Woolen-Spun Fingering Weight Cormo in medium grey and natural — two skeins of each color.
I used a U.S. size 3 (3.25mm) needle.
In my last blog entry, Marietta asked me several questions about the cowl:
1. Do you have software that you use to plot your rows
2. How long did plotting 600 rows take you
3. How long will this cowl be at the end & when you join the ends will you twist it once?
I used Microsoft Excel to create my colorwork charts. I opened a blank spreadsheet and set the dimensions of the rows and columns to make squares so it resembled a piece of graph paper.
How long did it take me to create the charts — a good question. I did the first draft of it over 2 or 3 days, I think, and then went back periodically to tweak things. as I knit, I found things I wanted to tweak as well.
The cowl is approximately 80″ around so that it fits nicely around the neck when doubled. I did not twist it to make a mobius before grafting the ends, though I certainly could have. I could also have grafted closed each end and made a scarf.
I am working on finishing up the pattern, so it will be available soon.
My model, hard at work!
And at home, Loki is demonstrating what a rough week he has had!