Wednesday, 21 April 2010

FO: Destroyed Cowl


Pattern: Destroyed Cowl

Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Grapes colourway

Needles: US 8/ 5 mm

Mods: In order to keep this a one skein project, I shortened the length slightly- it's only about 38 inches in circumference.

Notes: What can I say about Malabrigo that hasn't already been said? I'm a fan of knitting cowls (and anything else that is meant to be worn against the delicate area of the neck and chest) in the softest yarn you can get your hands on, and Malabrigo is definitely high on that list.

This pattern was a lot of fun, and definitely could be churned out as a last minute gift, as long as you don't mind stockinette and have some good wrist stamina. I knit this within 24 hours, and just loved the magic of unravelling the stitches on either side for the 'destroyed' effect. For those of you who have made the Clapotis, you'll understand how oddly satisfying it is to unravel portions of your knitting!

I love cowls, they are such a great accessory. leave them loose and unlooped for a fashionable accessory, or loop them around to keep the chill away. Here is what it looks like when it's wrapped around your neck twice:
The vest I'm wearing is not trimmed in real fur- it is fake. I don't wear real fur.

So snuggly and warm!! And wrapped twice around the neck is just right- not too loose, not to tight. I love it!! This is likely to be one of my future Christmas gifts. That is, unless I can't bear to part with it come December!

39 comments:

Siga said...

I also do love Malabrigo. And the colour you chose - wow, so rich

Diane said...

Beautiful! It's the perfect length.

Adriana said...

Love it! I think I may have just found a use for some Mal I've had in the stash for years that is "too nice to knit".

Noas' libellule said...

I love the colour and the shape it takes on the shoulders. Would be perfect right now for the cold air coming from our air-conditioning unit!

jillian said...

It's beautiful - and the fit is perfect! Love that color next to your skin.

Phoe said...

Lovely!

soknitpicky said...

You always make everything look so effortlessly perfect! :-) I especially like how it looks wrapped twice, and it's good to know you can do it with one skein.

Rebecca said...

i have this in my to do list. i am definatly making it now. you make it look great

Kara said...

So pretty. And I am so loving the purple! It is gorgeous on you.

The Sweatshop of Love said...

I love that cowl! That colorway is seriously lovely. What a great way to add a pop of beautiful color to a winter day. You will make someone super happy if you can manage to part with it!

telma said...

love this so much. when i saw the pics on flickr i just about died. i love the contrast between the purple and yellow in the pics. I'll be knitting with malabrigo for the first time soon... can't wait!

Angela said...

So lovely! I love the color!

Susan said...

That came out so lovely. The color, yarn, and texture all work in unison. This may be another moment where I completely copy you like an evil Blog Stalker. lol

Salihan said...

That's so prettyyyy! I love the grape colour on you. Gorgeous! Can't believe you knitted that in 24 hours!

CanarySanctuary said...

Gorgeous - that purple is fantabulous. I think I need a hank for myself.

knitseashore said...

It's so pretty on you, and photographing it with the forsythia in the background is really striking!

slamskatkitten said...

super pretty!

and i love the purple on the forsythia background ^_^

AndiPants said...

I love the way you're wearing it draped around your shoulders. Very pretty.

Clumsy Knitter said...

So cute! That one is definitely going on my to-do list. :)

weezalana said...

Very pretty!

Cecilia said...

I think wearing any kind of "fur" sends the wrong message . . .

Maryse said...

Very elegant! The color is awesome! Very nice!

Allison said...

This is such a perfect match of yarn and pattern! I love that spring tree in the background :)

Knit 1 LA said...

The way you have it styled in the top two photos is so flattering to your neck. Love it! Great choice of color too!

featherandfan said...

It looks great! And you look lovely in the photos, the light and the setting against the forsythia are perfect.

Michele said...

Absolutely Gorgeous! Love it - the color, the pattern, everything! Job well done!

Hilary said...

That is so pretty! I'll definitely be putting that in my gift queue. Only one day to knit it? Perfect. :) And I love how you've done your hair in these photos!

elliebelle said...

I love this!!! Cowls are just the best. :)

Knitting Out Loud said...

Gorgeous!

pymette said...

super colour! ps: I passed on the Beautiful Blogger award to your lovely blog :) xo leanna

Melissa said...

pretty! Love the color. And, love how you did your hair! :)

del said...

How gorgeous! And you look fantastic in it. Great job.

mildawg said...

Absolutely beautiful! The color is fantastic.

sinnlighet said...

Ahhhh Your blog is wonderful, soo nice to find you! Your pictures are so inspiring and beautiful!

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Sarah said...

I love it! I have been thinking about making a cowl sometime - it might be the next new thing for me.

Aesderina said...

I so agree. Malabrigo is AMAZING. I don't understand how they make it so amazing but it's so great to knit with and great to wear after too.
I love the colourway.

nadinefawell.net said...

I am so feeling the love for that cowl. Also, for your awesome plaited hair...

Kristin said...

Oh I love it!

Kristen said...

That is so lovely!