That title is not hyperbole. This cowl is glorious.
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Remember when I said I wanted to cast on a hat with this yarn?
I changed my mind. Or just shifted it a little bit. I wanted an accessory in fall colors that featured some twists. So I picked the Berry Twist cowl pattern from Hats & More. And I finally found the perfect pattern for this Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica that I bought back in March!
|I'm sensing a theme in my yarn preferences.|
The Berry Twist calls for bulky weight yarn, and the yarn I used was bulky weight--even though it's thick and thin. My gauge was fine with it, though (even with the recommended needle size! It's a sign from the heavens that I needed to make this cowl!). BUT: using the thick and thin yarn with a cable pattern completely changed the look of the cowl. And I love it. It's so....rumpled! Kind of like leaves on the ground.
I was a little worried that using variegated yarn in a cabled pattern would look too messy or muddy, but I think it's fine. The knitted fabric is a bit more jumbled-looking than if I'd knitted in a plain stockinette, but I'm going to keep stretching the fall leaves comparison even more and say that it's what I was planning for. It's actually not what I planned, but I'm completely delighted with what I got.
|Twisty cables with thick and thin variegated yarn! All my wool-related dreams are coming true.|
You can knit the Berry Twist in two sizes, which I love. Sometimes I see more snug-fitting cowls that are only available for very small wearers--or very large wearers--and it's inevitably not the size I want to make. So yay for options! I cast on the number of stitches for the smaller version, but then knitted it to nearly the height of the larger cowl. It's not quite the larger version because I started to run out of yarn and had to finish this up before I completely ran out. I'm a short person, but I wanted my cowl to have a little extra height because I like scrunched up cowls. Also, as much as I love crafting beautiful and stylish accessories, I love cowls best when they're warm. And the Berry Twist is wonderfully wooly and warm.
But I have to also say that it certainly is beautiful and stylish and fall-like. I know there's only a few weeks left in fall, but there's nothing to stop me from wearing this glorious creation well through this winter and into next spring.