March 4th, 2012
Cowls always seem so chic and trendy to me; they look cozy without looking disheveled. As a mom of three small children, cowls are so much easier than keeping a scarf on! I love that I can still look stylish and not have to worry if it was tied just right when on the go, don’t you?
So naturally I started looking for a cowl pattern that I liked. The Loom Knit Ridged Cowl pattern really struck me. The rich, deep Red Dahlia shade of Martha Stewart Crafts Lofty Wool Blend that is featured in the design was beautiful & soft but wasn’t quite the choice for me. I needed a date cowl; one that is soft and luxurious but stylish for a night out, one that pulls attention to the face.
What I needed was Luxe Fur. It seemed that this yarn told me to make it into the Ridged Cowl. Does your yarn tell you what it wants to be, too? I imagined it to be like making a stylish muff for the hands but instead around my neck for that accessory that just makes an outfit work!
I’m a loom knitter. I can knit with needles but prefer my looms for less stress on my carpel tunnel and no dropped stitches. So I set out to work on my cowl and after some planning, just in GoodKnitKisses style, I made a video from start to finish. You can find it on my YouTube channel; click here to loom along with me. This pattern is made on the Martha Stewart Crafts Lion Brand Yarn Knit & Weave Loom Kit.
The Luxe Fur was easy to use on the loom. What I especially loved was that the fabric wasn’t too heavy; it was surprisingly lightweight. Although I could have knit the cowl in the round rather than flat, making it flat let me see how the pattern could be re-imagined into other items. I think that is one of the best things about trying out a new style of yarn. Adding 9 more stitches at cast on could make it a cute shrug with a statement pin, broach, or even a handmade button at the top. Or you could cast on fewer stitches and use the two semi-circles included in the kit to knit a matching muff or even matching cuffs! The possibilities go on.
The pattern calls for two skeins of the Martha Stewart Crafts Lofty Wool Blend, but I only ended up needing 1 entire skein of Luxe Fur. I found that it knitted up shorter in this yarn than expected, which can happen when you try using a different yarn with an existing pattern. If I were knitting this pattern again, I would add length with two more sections of ribs to make it even more stunning.
I received so many compliments on this cowl and my husband loved it! I hope you’ll join me in trying out Luxe Fur and knitting the Loom Knit Ridge Cowl. Don’t be afraid to use a loom; it is simply another knitting tool to produce the same beautiful knits your friends and family (…and YOU) will adore!
Happy Looming! -Kristen at GoodKnit Kisses.