Pattern | Destroyed Cowl by Martha Merzig
Yarn | My handdyed MCN Sock Yarn in Dusk colourway
Specs | Machine knitted on Bond USM, keyplate 1, double stranded
I usually use my Bond USM for knitting up sock blanks for the store but I was inspired by a fellow indie dyer’s work on the cowl. The pattern is just a simple rectangle flat stockinette piece which requires you to drop a couple of stitches in the beginning before heaming. The result in a knitwear that is quick to work up – on a machine (hand knitting this would be boring for me but great for those nights in front of the TV) and still functional while unique. Great for destashing too unless you like collecting yarn and displaying them like soccer trophies.
Colour-wise, I picked the dusky colourway that I did using a new technique which has shorter colour repeats and zero to minimal pooling. Because the Bond USM doesn’t handle fingering weight yarn very well – I found out the hard way when I knitted single strand and had to frog – I double stranded it but was amazed at how the colours turned out. There is still another skein available for sale at the store in case anyone is interested. *hints*
As a result, I’m making a couple more of the cowls in worsted weight for my brother and in fingering weight in one of my own handdyes as well – hopefully the recipients will like the overall look of the cowl, which you could wear as it is or loop around the neck twice for a “tighter” fit.