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Jan 7, 2018

FO | Nearly Neutral Kintra Cowl-Scarf

Clearly, it's impossible to have too many handknits this winter. There's snow on the ground, more is on the way, and it's so cold here, we've been breaking temperature records (some of which date back to the 1800s) almost daily.
Between the frigid temps and my vow to make better use of the many shrine-of-precious yarns that reside in my stash, I've been diligently transforming sumptuous skeins into cowls, scarves or a mix of both (cowl-scarf).


At the same time, I've been striving to create pieces that coordinate with my favorite fingerless mitts in order to build coordinating sets.


Last week, therefore, I focused on finishing this cowl. It features a five-stage gradient, so colorwise, it mimics the mitts on a grander scale:
  • Section 1: Black
  • Section 2: Black and grey
  • Section 3: Grey
  • Section 4: Grey and cream
  • Section 5: Cream
I know all-enveloping scarves and cowls are the trend, but I prefer a narrow profile, which for me is less overwhelming and more versatile. Much like the Colsie cowl, I chose to work this flat with small buttonholes so it can be worn closed like a cowl, open like a scarf, or twisted and draped in different configurations. 


Kintra Reversible Cowl / Scarf
Pattern: In development
Yarn: Tajmahal (Filatura Cervinia & GGH), Charlemont (Valley Yarns)
Needles: US 8 (5 mm)
Yardage: ~400 yards
Dimensions: 4 x 45 ins

This blend of superfine merino, silk and cashmere is delightfully soft, knits up beautifully, and looks good even in its unblocked state, as it is here. The reversible rounded rib is plush and stretchy, and the finished fabric offers the perfect balance of warmth without excessive weight. Plus, the neutral shades blend seamlessly with my equally neutral wardrobe, while the small band of red adds a welcome spark of color.
In other words, I'm so enamored with this cowl right now, I'm ready to make another. All I need to do is spend some quality time with my stash, choose the right yarn and cast on.


Looking for the Kintra Cowl pattern? It's in development and will soon be ready to send to the tech editor.


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6 comments:

  1. I like your cowl designs. I think the little bit of red is the perfect touch!

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    1. Thanks, Deborah, I'm glad you like this design. I debated long and hard, but in the end, the red accent stripe won : )

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  2. Oh that does look snuggly - hopefully it will keep you super toasty warm!

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    1. We're bracing for yet another winter storm as I write, so I hope so, too!

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