Updated: Aug 8, 2020
Originally written to work well with a color-shifting yarn, this pattern works just as well with people who have the patience to weave in ends. Here's my version of Joanna Cosgrove's pattern the Pipevine Cowl.
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If you don't usually do lace, don't worry, this is one of the best intros. It uses yarnovers and one direction decrease that, once done a couple times, is easy to remember. The lace sections are interspersed with regular stockinette, worked back and forth, using simple increases and decreases. I had some lovely silk cotton skeins that I've been trying to find a project for. If I hadn't, I would probably have gone shopping for a great color-shifter just to avoid have to weave in all the bits.
First off, I used aran weight yarn. (Yes, I know, do I ever use what the pattern calls for? Almost never.) The pattern calls for fingering weight. What I used was a combo of King Cole Finesse Cotton/Silk in Denim, Antique Lilac, and Glacier with a basic Caron Simply Soft in off white.
Also because I changed the weight, the gauge changed again. I used Knitter's Pride size 7 cable needles, which is slightly smaller than what the yarn calls for. I typically have to size-down my needles for every project since I tend to have a loose gauge. So my version is much wider than the original, perhaps double. But that also means it's thicker and warmer. Good for me in the bitter winters of South Dakota; probably not what a Texan is going for.
BUT DOESN'T IT LOOKS LOVELY AND WARM!?
The pattern is free on Ravelry and can be found here.
Do you always follow yarn recommendations, or do you find a yarn you like and make it work with little adjustments here and there? Hit me up in the comments with your WIPs!