FO: Fluted Cowl

Written by Sarah on March 13th, 2013 Posted in DIY, FO, gift, knits

I don’t often knit for other people. That probably sounds selfish but every sweater pattern I like, I want to wear. I’ve also found it tough to make sure things fit for someone who isn’t standing in front of me. Mostly, I like to wear the things that I put time into. I should really break that habit since I’m a process knitter. I could really be working on anything for anybody and be happy. But I mainly knit for myself.

Well I made this cowl and it wasn’t for me.

fluted cowl

A few weeks ago, Jon’s grandmother saw a hat that I made (pattern coming soon!) and she just loved it. She was asking me a bunch of questions about it. She also asked me to give her a recipe for cookies that I’d baked and I was just so flattered that Jon’s grandmother who makes that delicious Israeli coffee meringue cake was asking me for a recipe, I just about died. After she left, Jon turned to me and said, “You should really knit something for my grandma. She’d really like it. Her birthday’s coming up. I can buy the yarn.”

To which I replied, OKAY. (I mean, he’s such a good boychick, am I right?!)

fluted cowl 2

I had a few ideas in mind but I needed something that was simple and quick since I had about a week to make the whole thing. I decided on the Purl Bee Fluted Cowl which is freaking gorgeous. (I love the drama of the sample on their site!) And I used Purl Soho’s new Supersoft Merino which is the squooshiest, softest, most delicious yarn ever. (You can probably tell that since the photos where I’m modeling it it just looks like a big blob of yarn porn. It’s fantastic.) This is the second thing I’ve knit with the peacock colorway. It’s fantastic.

fluted cowl 3

It took me a long time to get used to the stitch pattern but it’s simple. It’s hard to tell where you left off just by looking at it. I think most of my trouble came knitting on size 17 needles. (And then I went back to knitting my colorwork sweater on size 3s and, boy, were my hands confused! It’s like after you ride a bike for a really long time and then try walking but your legs still want to pedal.) I decided to cast on 128 stitches for a shorter cowl since I didn’t have time to make the longer version. Shorter seemed more practical, too. I was terrified I’d twist the stitches when I joined in the round. But I didn’t! I really love how both sides are different but work together. I really want to make one for myself. It’s so soft and warm!

Happy birthday to Jon’s grandmother! I hope she wears the cowl in good health (as my grandpa would say).

Do you like to knit for other people or yourself? Have you tried out the Super Soft Merino?

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Comments (5)

  • March 13, 2013 at 11:46 am |

    Gorgeous, squoosy cowl! I used to knit primarily for myself. I’ve made enough socks for myself, so I don’t mind handing those out to loved ones sometimes. A sweater is another thing…much more expense and time! Those I make only for myself, my baby, and I’m in the process of making my first men’s sweater for my husband.

  • March 14, 2013 at 8:43 am |

    It’s beautiful! I tend to knit mostly for me and my daughter, mostly because I am so SLOW. I’m sure Jon’s grandmother will love this.

  • Mom
    March 14, 2013 at 11:56 am |

    I’m SURE Jon’s grandma will love it – and the color is gorgeous! Be sure to take a picture of her wearing it and post so we can all enjoy!

  • Heather
    July 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm |

    I ADORE Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino, it is exactly how you described it and more 😉 I have OCD thoughts running through my head ever since I bought some of it, that say to myself, I will never knit with anything else! I just want to run it through my fingers! Alas, I can’t afford to only knit with yarn that is $20 a skein 🙁 Would you have any suggestions on yarns that can compare to it, at a nicer price?


    • July 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm |

      I know! It’s a beautiful yarn! I used it for my Olivia hat pattern.

      It’s tough to come up with good substitutions since this yarn is so yummy. I’d suggest a Madeline Tosh (though toshmerino is worsted not super bulky) but it’s probably similar in price. I’ve enjoyed working with Berroco Peruvia which is inexpensive but has that light and soft feeling. Francesca test knit the hat in Grignasco Tyrol.

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