Okay, don’t worry – even though a couple of my latest Smorgasbord Sundays posts have been focused on knitting, they won’t always be.
I’ve just been really obsessed with it lately. (Haha, maybe I should start a separate blog all about knitting! 😛 Swatch And Learn is a very appropriate name, though…)
Today, I would like to show you neon pink yarn I bought from Etsy and the chunky cable cowl I made.
I’ve been looking for neon pink yarn for a while because I wanted to knit yet another beanie, but in a crazy colour since it would be fun to wear in the winter. (I already love wearing neon nail polish in the winter, so I figured I’d also love a neon beanie in the winter, too!)
Although I found some mass-produced commercial yarn, I opted to spend more for a quality hand-dyed indie yarn that I found on Etsy.
Apparently it’s so neon that it will actually glow under a black light. Plus it’s Superwash Merino Wool!
Although this yarn is meant for needle sizes 7-9, I’m going to use it with 10-11.
In case you would like to buy this yarn, here’s a link to the Etsy seller’s store page where I bought it from.
(If you end up buying something, please mention that you heard about the seller from Swatch And Learn. 😀 No, I don’t get any commission, and I doubt the seller even knows about my blog…)
Last Sunday, one of my blog readers, Kinsey, left a comment telling me about how she was knitting cowls for the females in her family for Christmas. She was nice enough to share a link to the free Chunky Cable Cowl knitting pattern.
I took a look, and thought it was something a beginner like me could try. Plus I really liked the pattern, and I think I’ll be making my mother and sister-in-law a cowl each in different colours.
I highly recommend you try making this Chunky Cable Cowl. Not only is it easy, but it’s super fast. I completed it (well, I still need to bind off and seam it) in very little time. I spent about 15 minutes for a few days, and it’s practically finished!
(I should have no trouble completing the other two for Christmas. This ‘test cowl’ in purple is for me. Hehe, I made a few mistakes.)
I used the recommended Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn in a fall-appropriate purple.
(By the way, Michael’s has this yarn on sale for $6.99 CAD until November 2nd. But if you wait for it to go back to the regular price – $9.99 CAD, you can use a 40% off coupon and save.)
These are the supplies I used to knit the cowl. Well, I was going to use the locking stitch markers, but the pattern was so simple that I found I didn’t need to use them at all!
The Chunky Cable Cowl consists of the Seed Stitch (which I just learned for this cowl) and also, of course, the Cable design (which is really fun to do).
Artificial Light Photos
In this poor lighting, it actually shows the stitch definition better.
Are you tired of seeing so many knitting blog posts on the Smorgasbord Sundays feature, or would you like to see more knitting posts? Do you like wearing cowls? Do you see ‘cow’ first when you see the word ‘cowl’?