Stash Enhancer Liz here to introduce you to the newest member of the shop sample family, the Turbulence Cowl!
Pattern: Turbulence Cowl by Laura Chau
Yarn: Shibui Merino/Alpaca in Suit and Ash
Modifications: Why, oh why am I always running out of yarn?! I aimed to knit this cowl in one skein of each color, but I ran out of the main color (Ash) with 4 rows left of the cowl. Instead of breaking into a second skein for 2 rows with that color, I bound off 4 rows early. I think the culprit was using a yarn that is more dense than the suggested yarn. At any rate, if I hadn’t pointed out that there were 4 rows missing, I doubt anyone would notice.
The Shibui Merino/Alpaca is a dream to knit with. Since it’s a cable-ply yarn, it feels like it has a fairly tight twist in the skein, and that it might knit up kind of stiff. In reality, it knit up into a wonderfully squishy fabric with a little bit of drape. The cowl calls for a larger needle size than the ball band, but even knit at a tighter gauge it would retain it’s squishy quality. It did grow a bit when I wet blocked the cowl, but I expected that with the garter stitch.
The pattern was very well written and easy to follow. The cowl is knit in the round with the use of short rows to complete the wedges. Now…don’t go running and screaming at the mention of short rows. There is a clear and concise explanation in the pattern about how to do the short rows. The good news is that there is surprisingly little purling since the short rows take up a good portion of the knitting. This would be a perfect instant gratification knit. I finished it in about 4 sittings and it was really fun to watch all the wedges form as you knit and the stripes make it even more interesting (without being difficult).
Now for the really fun part…other color combinations!
Shibui Merino/Alpaca from L–>R: Velvet & Artichoke, Abyss & Bordeaux, Ivory & Blush
Shibui Merino/Alpaca from L–>R: Artichoke & Blush, Velvet & Ash, Abyss & Artichoke
We also have some other yarns that would look great knit up in a Turbulence Cowl. If you want a lighter-weight and springy cowl, how about Knitted Wit DK (85% Polwarth/15% Silk)?
Knitted Wit DK, Top Row L–>R: Grass is Greener & Stellar, Bobbin Blue & Yellow Brick Road
Bottom row L–>R: Stellar & Azurite, Grass is Greener & Yellow Brick Road
Or how about some of the new colors of Baah Sonoma, a DK weight merino yarn?
Baah! Sonoma, Top Row L–>R: Burmese Ruby & Grey Onyx, Azurite Machurite & Grey Onyx
Bottom Row L–>R: Midnight Sky & Grey Onyx, Winter Purple & Pink Tourmaline
If pure luxury is what you’re looking for, try some Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia DK (75% merino/15% cashmere/10% silk):
Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia DK L—>R: Vitals & Celadon, Espresso & Purple Haze
We’re excited to see what other combinations you’ll come up with!