Tan Ribbed Cowl
Pattern | Adapted from Cream Ribbed Cowl in Knitting in No Time
Yarn | Plasard Louinie (Tan) & Sirdar Demin Sport Aran No 615
Needles | 5mm 40cm & 4mm 75cm circulars
Tell you something. Knitting is NOT easy.
I never had so much trouble with a pattern before! *frowns* It’s annoying how I have to convert this adults-only cowl into a cowl that will fit a 1 metre tall little girl. The first time I cast on, I ended up making it too small so I had to rip the damn thing apart but because it’s mohair mix, I had no choice but to snip some bit off. After that, I made it a bit tad bigger. Then it hits me.
“Will it fit?”
Nil obviously is of little help and I couldn’t very well ask him to call his sister just to find out the girl’s measurements. So desperate was I that I resorted to digging up pictures of Nil’s niece to see how the pattern I had in mind would fit on the girl. It didn’t help that I had only ONE decent picture and it was just crazy. Absolute madness, I tell you.
Then there was the issue of “do I have enough yarn”? The yardage on Plassard is not much and I only had five balls to work with. I could very well get Nil to buy more for me since I wanted to make a matching hat to go along with the cowl but then I realized that by the time he sent it over, it would be too late for me to send it to France as a Christmas gift. So I had to improvise a little. Instead of using Plassard alone, I matched it up with this fabulous, soft Aran yarn from Sirdar. The only problem is this: it was the only ball left in the store.
On the side, I do like how the colour combo turned out…not to mention the texture – now that you’ll have to touch it to know what I mean.
Initially, I wanted to continue with the Sirdar Aran for the cable-rib hat but after three swatches/gauge, I decided it wasn’t chunky or stretchy enough. I’ll just have to use the remaining yarn for another pair of fingerless gloves. Godforbid you wear anything white or off-white like cream! Seriously, it’s so hard to maintain that pure, spotless colour!
So now for the matching cable-rib hat, I bought two balls of this 100% pure wool from a store in IOI Mall, Puchong – similar colour, of course. Am in the middle of the second cable row and wondering if it’ll fit at all. This is horrific. Honestly!
I really need to get this yarn substitution, tension, needle sizing and what-not down to pat! Bah.