Quick and fun smaller projects, and giant complicated sweaters- that's my jam right now! After finishing my beautiful and consuming Zweig sweater (sorry, I haven't blogged about that one yet), I really wanted something fast that showcased two colors- specifically a tonal and a speckle yarn.
I have been eyeballing Black Magic and Mavis together since the triumphant return of Mavis but wasn't entirely sure which direction I wanted to go. Fades are fun, but I really wanted to stick with the two colors rather than pulling in a third.
(FYI, I probably would have gone with Speckled Time Travlers if I did go with a third).
I was considering colorwork, but Mavis has a lot of hard violet speckled in it that are very similar to the body of Black Magic, so I wouldn't get clear lines on any colorwork motif.
I decided to stop speculating and take it to Ravelry's advanced Pattern Search- which is my all time favorite feature EVER. Instead of typing in specifically what I wanted to knit (i.e Hat) I just select the different details I am looking for (i.e. worsted weight yarn, 2 colors, 300-500 yards, 5- star review, knitting).
I love searching like this, because different designs pop up that I might not otherwise pay any attention to, let alone search for.
In the end I decided on Stryped Cowl by Vanessa Ewing. She used solids for her original design, but I thought the solid/speckle combo that I wanted to use would create a fun effect. The original design is also a bit longer than what I wanted, so I decided that I would cast on fewer stitches, but otherwise keep the pattern as written.
I ended up casting on 120 sts, which ended up being the perfect cowl width- it has a little flop, but you can pull it up over your face for the colder months.
I had originally intended this cowl to be a quick weekend project, casting on Friday night and having an FO by Sunday. Unfortunately, the weekend just didn't pan out that way. Friday night I crashed out super early and Saturday I worked all day, leaving me with little desire to sit down and kit Saturday night. So, my weekend project never really got going until Sunday afternoon.
After I finally got it started, it did actually come together in three days since I finished on Tuesday morning. So, I can honestly say this COULD be a weekend project, if you actually knit it on the weekend!
All in all, I really enjoyed knitting this cute little cowl! I love the way the two colors play together, and Everyday Worsted is soft and bouncy and feels great next to my skin.
I feel like the mark of a good project is when you want to cast another one on immediately, and I definitely had that feeling with this one!
Stryped Cowl Pattern available on Ravelry, here.
Yarn : Everyday Worsted in Black Magic (mc) Mavis (CC).
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