FO: Syncopated Stardust Cowl

Just before we went on our family holiday, I finally put the finishing touches to the 'travel project' that had been on my needles for months. With the decorative bind-off finished, all that remained was to wash and block it, ready for photos. I have to tell you that this is a project that really did need washing and blocking - it had done many miles in my handbag, including a return trip to the Netherlands. I'd picked it up and put it down lots of times resulting in uneven tension, and there were a few places where I'd dropped stitches and picked them up on a later row with a crochet hook - in other words, it was some sloppy-looking knitting, as you can probably see here.

Keeping it real: Straight off the needles and onto 'Polly'

Unfortunately I didn't get time to block it before we went away, but as I wanted to wear it, it ended up my bag anyway. Then my daughter - who probably shouldn't be called 'Little Miss' after seeing these photos - tried it on, and wore it in a way I hadn't planned. I wanted to wear it to look like a triangular shawl, but without having to tie or pin the ends to keep it in place, but LM wore it as a small asymmetrical poncho. I think she rocked it and couldn't resist getting some photos - sloppy stitches and all.

She did eventually humour me, and put the point to the front but she preferred to wear it pulled down over her shoulders which wasn't my intention either, but it made a perfect layer for the windy coast. 

From the front (above) and the back (below)

The cowl was made from a single ball of Scheepjes Stardust* in Sagittarius colour (662) - you can read my earlier thoughts about the yarn here.  There are 540m in a ball which is plenty for this size (measurements to follow after blocking), although you'll need an extra ball to make it bigger. 

It was super easy to knit up using 3.5mm needles, being a mix of only knit and purl stitches. It's called the 'Syncopated Cowl' because the stitch changes are indicated by the colour changes in the yarn, but they don't occur at exactly the same time. 

There has already been interest in a pattern for this. As each of the yarn balls will have slightly different colour changes, it'll need to be a recipe rather than a strict pattern, and so I'm happy to share it with you, free of charge. I'll write the details up and post the recipe next week.

* Yarn details (affiliate links included): Stardust is available for £5.80 per 100g ball at Deramores UK / US $6.59 at Deramores US / AU $8.19 Deramores AU, at Wool Warehouse, and LoveKnitting US as well as other Scheepjes stockists worldwide

DISCLOSURE: This yarn was originally supplied by The project was my own improvised use of the yarn and all opinions are entirely my own.

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