Sometimes I wonder why I knit for members of my family at all? Non of them seem to take care of the items that I spend so much time constructing, let alone consider the amount of money I spend on good materials. But they keep asking for more.
Laura's new cowl is a good illustration of what I mean. I spent a lot of time and effort making her a hat and cowl. She really liked them. Took them into the bush on an expedition and then lent them to a some one, who hadn't brought enough warm clothing. This person then lost them or forgot to pick them up when they moved on. Now there was a request for a replacement but could I make one "with no holes in the pattern?" In other words not use a lace pattern.
This is the result. It isn't as pretty as a lace cowl but it will be warm. I made it in an 8ply wool called "Rustic" from the Bendigo Woollen Mills. (The best quality wool at the best price bar non in the whole world.) I'm sure it would work in any 8ply (double knitting) and as it doesn't need to fit like a cardigan or hat the gauge isn't really critical.
I have written out the pattern as a free download. Download Laura's Cowl
N.B. The method I used to cast on was to make the stitches by knitting between the stitches.
This gives a nice solid edge. I replicated this at the cast off end by knitting into the back of the stitch .