Another Snowdropsy

October 22, 2012

You might have been wondering whether I have doing any knitting on this holiday?  You know I had big plans for lots of socks.  No socks so far, but I have finished another Snowdropsy the COWl.  I have been feeling a little bit guilty that the yarn I used to illustrate the Snowdropsy design was discontinued.  So since, we are in Britain at the moment, I thought I would make it up in an adult size in a British yarn.

I got some yarn from The Needle Works, a short walk from where we are staying in Berwick-upon-Tweed.  They sell Rowan and Drops, a Norwegian owed company producing yarns made mainly in Peru.

Since I am exploring British yarns on this trip, I thought I’d given the Rowan a go.  I know we have it in Australia but it is not something I would usually buy there.  I bought some Rowan Cocoon in the colourway Crag, which is a great name for a colour I reckon.  The yarn is a bulky squishy single (unplyed) in a blend of merino (80%) and kid mohair (20%).  The ball band recommends 7mm needles but that looked a little big to me so I used 6mm.

I cast on 64sts for the adult size cowl and substituted garter stitch bands for ribbing.  I made this cowl a little deeper to with five pattern repeats.  The yarn was very pleasant to knit up but I was suprised it did not bloom a little more in washing and blocking.  Still, it shows the stitch definition very well whilst still trapping lots of air for cosy cowl warmth.  The cowl is ravelled here and you can download the pattern free from my pattern page if you like it.