I knitted the Garter Ridge cowl pattern from Knit Cowls and I don't know if I have enough space for all the good things I want to say about it!
Firstly, there is quite a bit of garter stitch. I love garter stitch.
|Look at these stitches! LOOK!|
Secondly, the pattern calls for super bulky weight yarn and #13 needles. So fast! So glorious!
Also, this is worked flat and seamed together when you're finished. Sometimes, I'm completely in the mood to work in the round. But I wasn't when I cast on this project and knitting flat just sounded like the best idea in the world.
And this is a dang fine stash-buster. Whoa Nelly. Stash. Buster.
The model in the book is knit with two skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, but I had some partial skeins of Patons Roving in Low Tide and Pacific Teal. Yarn in colors that make me think about the ocean?! That's fantastic! I'm not sure why, but it just was. Also, those two colors looked beautiful together. I had some left over from when those two colors looked beautiful in an arm knit cowl and I thought the two colors would be lovely in a simple knit cowl.
And they are. This is a simply lovely cowl. It was fun to work on, knit up quickly, and this is a fantastic addition to my gift stash. Actually, it's a fantastic beginning to my gift stash. I've been a little panicky once I had to flip the calendar over to June and started thinking about how close Christmas is and how unprepared I am. Seriously, there are no scarves! No cowls! No hats! No anything unless you count dishcloths! And for the purposes of more personal gift-giving I am not! This cowl is the first step in bulking up my gift stash, and it's an excellent place to start.
And finally! Another nice thing I'm going to say about this cowl pattern is that it would be a fantastic knit-in-public project. It's World Wide Knit in Public Week! I'm always a fan of knitting or crocheting in public, but it's fun to participate in something official. If you're joining any local groups, or just initiating your own one-person consciousness-raising yarn event, this would be a fairly simple bit of knitting to work on as you patiently respond to statements like "I could never do that" or "What would it cost for you to make me a sweater?"
Whether or not you can keep a straight face through that is solely up to you. But you will be able to knit your way through with this pattern. Good luck and godspeed.