Cat’s Out of the Bag

I gave my “Under Wraps” project to its intended recipient today, so I can finally share all the details here. Here goes!

The rundown

Pattern: Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland

Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend, 30% silk and 70% merino. I used one skein (150 yds) of colorway Autumn and nearly two skeins (280 yds) of colorway Willow.

Size made: longer version

Needles: US6

Modifications: none except making it a little less deep than the pattern called for–ran out of yarn! Post-blocking measurements were about 47″ x 9″.

Ravelled: here

The pretty

FullSizeRender 83 IMG_3991 IMG_3988Here is a closeup of the “right” side:

IMG_3989And one of the “wrong” side:

IMG_3990As far as I’m concerned, both sides look really nice. Here’s the basic story of how this all came together. I knew I wanted to knit something for my friend, but I wasn’t sure what. Eventually I started thinking cowl but I wasn’t sure what pattern. So I started poking through ravelry, looking at my favorites, trying to figure out what would work. I kept finding a pattern I liked but then not having a suitable yarn in my stash. So then I started picking out yarn that I have but I couldn’t find a pattern to go with it. I went back and forth for a while and put it on the back burner for a bit. Then one evening, while I had the honey cowl pattern up on ravelry, I just happened to glance down at the bag of yarn beside me and picked up a skein of the Manos silk blend and a light bulb went off. I searched all the honey cowl projects and found this one. I hadn’t seen it done in two colors before! It was perfect because I really wanted to use the variegated Autumn but only had one skein of it. So I picked out another color that coordinated and off I went.

The pattern gets its texture from stitches slipped with the working yarn on the right side, which is done on even rows. Odd rows are K. So, using one color for the odd rows and a different color for the even rows leads to the color pattern I ended up with. Since the yarn for the even rows gets slipped every other stitch, it gets used up at about half the rate of the other yarn. So, my one skein of variegated worked perfectly with two skeins of a coordinating solid. I love projects like this–it’s such a simple thing to do, but it looks so complex and pretty.

I would highly recommend both this pattern and the yarn I used. The pattern is very, very simple but the finished product looks polished. If I made it again, I would choose a larger needle size to make a slightly looser fabric. The only reason I used the 6s is because the only good circulars I have in sizes 7 and 8 are 16″, which just wasn’t going to cut it. The pattern is made for madelinetosh yarns and I would think it would look amazing!

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32 comments

  1. bonnyknits · October 11, 2015

    Oh my gosh, this is amazing! I’ve made the Honey cowl a couple of times and love it, but with the two colors? Fantastic idea. I’m totally making another one now. Thanks for the idea!

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    • alexand knits · October 11, 2015

      I know, right? I saw that other project on rav and I was like waaaait a minute…whole new ballgame. Love it!

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  2. Maggienesium · October 11, 2015

    This is gorgeous! I especially like the “wrong side” of the work, I’m off to get this in my queue πŸ™‚

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    • alexand knits · October 11, 2015

      Thanks! It’s a free pattern, so might as well!

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      • Maggienesium · October 11, 2015

        Absolutely πŸ˜€ Right now I want to knit all the things too.
        I owe you a more detailed comment/email on your last post when I’m not on my phone – you’ve totally got the rusty gears in my brain turning πŸ™‚

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      • alexand knits · October 11, 2015

        You don’t owe me anything πŸ™‚ Get there when you get there!

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      • Maggienesium · October 11, 2015

        Thanks πŸ˜€ You brought up a lot of cool stuff to discuss though, so I’m excited to chat about it.

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  3. wolfberryknits · October 11, 2015

    This has been in my queue for a hundred years but you have definitely pushed it up! πŸ™‚ Beautiful work.

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  4. Stefanie · October 11, 2015

    This is lovely. It’s representative of fall.

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  5. Carol E. Herman · October 11, 2015

    Love this! The colors you chose are perfect!!!!!

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  6. Faye Elizabeth · October 12, 2015

    It’s beautiful

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  7. Bekki Hill · October 12, 2015

    Gorgeous! Lucky recipient!

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  8. Bekki Hill · October 12, 2015

    Just wondering how long it took to knit. Is deceptively quick as well as deceptively easy?

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    • alexand knits · October 12, 2015

      It was relatively quick–slipping lots of sts purlwise speeds it up. I finished it in a few days but…I have a lot of time on my hands and I really wanted to see it finished!

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      • Bekki Hill · October 12, 2015

        Thanks for that. Have added to my favourites on Ravelry and will think on before I make any rash decisions to add yet more projects to my life.

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  9. Midnight Knitter · October 12, 2015

    Another project for my queue! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. Paula @ Spin a Yarn · October 12, 2015

    Wow! Just wow!!! It looks just as stunning on the wrong side as it does on the right side. I’m off to check out your notes on Ravelry and put it in my queue πŸ™‚ Maybe this could be a Christmas gift for someone special in my life!

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    • alexand knits · October 12, 2015

      Thank you πŸ™‚

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      • Paula @ Spin a Yarn · October 12, 2015

        I already had it in my library…now it’s in my queue πŸ™‚ Great minds think alike! It’s funny too that when I went in to look at other’s projects, what do I see? One of my “real life” friends just finished hers! Well, she actually finished it in July and just blocked it so it has a finish date of October 2015.

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      • alexand knits · October 12, 2015

        That’s awesome! Clearly the knitting fates are aligning, and they’re telling you to make a honey cowl. Maybe we should start a cowl-along!

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  11. Tamera L · October 12, 2015

    What an interesting stitch, it almost looks like a variation of linen stitch? Lovely, lovely work.

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    • alexand knits · October 12, 2015

      Thank you! I haven’t knitted anything in linen stitch for years and I don’t really remember it clearly. But, I guarantee this is easier and faster!

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  12. Andrea @ This Knitted Life · October 12, 2015

    Wow. Both sides really are gorgeous. What a cool pattern! Nothing like a new, soft cowl for Fall.

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  13. Orange Smoothie · October 12, 2015

    Awesome! I love how the wrong side turned out too! Great idea! I’ll have to queue this up!

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  14. northmelbournemum · December 29, 2015

    This is utterly gorgeous. I’m sure the recipient was delighted.

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