Sunday, December 3, 2017

Knitting: Mountain Cowl in Magnum

My comically large cowl!


After seeing a fellow crafter making quick work of a hat using some delightfully huge yarn at Burlington's weekly craft night (6-8 pm on Tuesdays in the Local History Room at the Fletcher Free Library if you're interested!), I remembered that I had something similar in my stash!


My yarn is Cascade Yarns Magnum, a super bulky/jumbo weight wool yarn in the colorway "Lime Heather," which is a lime green color with hints of teal and yellow throughout. My sister gave me two skeins of it several years back, but it wasn't until recently that it became relevant to my lifestyle again.


With this yarn in mind, I went on the hunt for an appropriate pattern. This massive beast is made using Purl Soho's free Mountain Cowl pattern (on Ravelry here). 


The cowl is knit in the round on 32 inch size US19/15 mm circular needles, which are almost the size of baseball bats, no joke. Between the giant needles and the giant yarn, this cowl is incredibly quick and easy to knit, which is just how I like my knitting projects.


The pattern is knit in stockinette in the middle/main section, with reverse stockinette edges. It decreases in one spot as it goes up, which gives it a nice shape.


I followed the pattern for the most part, although I added a few rows here and there, mainly in the initial knit section, before the decreases started. I wanted to use up the two skeins of Magnum I had and make the cowl suuuuuper large, comically so. Mission accomplished!


Obviously the finished measurements are bigger than the pattern would have you knit. Mine is about 68" around at the bottom edge and 17 or 18" high when the edges are unrolled. I didn't block it because I can't be bothered. You can see what it looks like unwrapped below, but I'll probably always wear it looped around my neck twice.


I've paired my comically large cow here with my Style Arc Riley Coat, which I love and have worn a ton this fall. It's pretty much reached its maximum usefulness as a winter coat here in Burlington, though. I may have to retire it this week for something a) lined and insulated and b) with closures.


I am totally in love with this cowl! It's ridiculous, but it's also ridiculously cozy. 

12 comments:

  1. I just love love this cowl scarf. It's not ridiculous it's fab.

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    1. Thank you!! Ridiculously fab? Whatever adjective is used, I love it!

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  2. Love your coat too.

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  3. The scale of this cowl is awesome! It must be soooo warm! I keep seeing these jumbo yarns and the resulting giant scale patterns people make with them and they're really cool! This is definitely yarn you have to wear with conviction and attitude. A lady at my church just made little crocheted monkey hats for all of my kids and I'm 65% more convinced that crocheting/knitting would be a fun thing to learn. "The 4 sweetest words in the English language: you wore me down."

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    1. It's super warm! Doubles as a blanket and pillow ;-)

      Crocheting and knitting is super fun- you should give it a go. I am imagining all of the cool things you would do with those new skills... be warned, though, it's addictive. #serialhobbyist

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  4. I love it I love it I love it!!!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  5. Currently living in Italy and France, and judging by the looks on the streets, there is no such thing as too large for cowls, scarfs, or any kind of winter neckwear. So your look is very on trend, I would say!

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  6. I just order two skeins of Cascade magnum in the new Malacite Green because I was inspired by your scarf! I already have the Purl Soho pattern.

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