Pattern: Burberry Inspired Cowl, by Julianne Smith.
Yarn: Unknown brand superwash merino in cream, beet-dyed. Unfortunately, the ball of yarn sat on my desk in a room with southern exposure. The shades were down most of the time, but it is nevertheless a very bright room . . . . and the dye faded unevenly in the outermost parts of the ball. I don’t mind too much, mainly because the beet dye was an experiment, knitting a cowl was also an experiment, and I was never that crazy about the feel of the superwash yarn anyway.
Modifications: I didn’t want such a wide cowl, so reduced the number of stitches to 46, with the cables reduced to 6 x 6 rather than 8 x 8. I also did 5 repeats for a looser fit.
Thoughts: Kitchener stitch is a royal pain; not hard, but just tedious. The pattern itself is simple but effective, and a very quick knit. The yarn I used, however, was perhaps too “stiff” for the concept. I imagine cashmere or alpaca would give it just the right luxurious drape.