A Gaptastic Cowl

This may be the last knitting project for a while as it seems spring has sprung around here!  Sunshine, flowers, and warmer temps have me itching to finish up my winter projects and move on to more spring and summer clothes.  DSC_0125

After seeing Kelli’s Gaptastic Cowls (a free pattern, found here!) I wanted to make one for myself- they looked warm, cozy and stylish.  And knit in a bulky weight yarn, it is a pretty fast project.  The yarn I used is from Sunrise Fiber Co. which is hand dyed here in Oregon.  The color is called Peppermint Pattie.  This yarn is called Snuggle Bulky and they aren’t kidding- it is soooooo soft and snuggly!  I don’t know enough about yarn to know why some wool is soft and some is not, but this stuff is amazing.  It comes in some very cool neon colorways too, I’d like to get more of their yarn as it was such a pleasure to knit with!DSC_0173I bought the yarn at my favorite yarn store, Happy Knits!  They have a great selection of super yummy yarn, and they have a play room that will keep my littles entertained while I shop, which is so amazing and appreciated by me.  It is rare that I have a chance to shop on my own, and most yarn stores I have been in are NOT kid friendly…who wouldn’t want to touch all that pretty yarn?  The colors!! The textures!  But obviously letting your kids fondle the yarn is frowned upon 😉  You can purchase from them online too!DSC_0165As I started knitting this I noticed that in spots there was a cool chevron/zigzag pattern happening.  I was about halfway through when I realized by playing with the tension as I was knitting I could make these patterns happen regularly…SO, I ripped it back almost to the start, and tried to keep that pattern going.  I am so pleased with how it turned out!  You can read more about some amazing “planned pooling” of colors here.  DSC_0143 (1)

It has gotten a little too warm to wear this lately, but I know when the cold weather comes back in fall and winter this will be a scarf that I reach for regularly!

I just got back into knitting this winter, and now that it’s warming up I am thinking of ways to keep my skills fresh even though I don’t feel that motivated to make hats/mittens/scarves…my plan right now is to always have a smaller knitting project that I can work on from time to time (right now I have some Rathtrevor mitts in progress).  And after a few more small projects I may try my hand at a cardigan of some sort- I’ve never knitted a sweater before but it seems like if I pick something loose where I don’t have to worry too much about fit it should be doable.  If you are a knitter, do you knit year round?  Or is it more of a winter thing for you?  If you knit year round is it seasonally appropriate or do you always knit winter stuff?  Just curious 🙂

  • I love what you did with the colors! I’ve made a few of these but never thought to use other than a solid. Guess I have new inspiration! I knit year round, only to try and chip away at wips.

    • Kelly

      Thanks! I want to try one in a solid next winter 🙂

  • I LOVE the pooling you got on this! What a great cowl!

    Despite all the sewing going on over here, I have always considered myself primarily a knitter 🙂 And I have always knit year round. I’ve got to get my hands working with fiber in some way, shape or form every day to be truly happy 🙂

    When I lived in St. Louis, I had a routine of starting my Spring/Summer knitting on Feb. 1, and my Fall/Winter knitting on Sept. 1. But now that I live in Chicago, I’ve had to shift my dates by a month! Now I start my Spring/Summer knitting on March 1 and Fall/Winter on Aug. 1. Spring/Summer knits are generally made of cotton (occasionally linen or other plant fibers), and Fall/Winter knits are almost always wool.

    That said, the re-introduction of sewing into my life has messed with my knitting routine over the last couple years. I’m still knitting away on wool items half way through March this year. No problem though, as this winter seems interminable!

    • Kelly

      Yes I feel the same way, that I need to work on something pretty much every day…I need to look into projects for spring/summer- I have a limited view of knitting right now I think that only involves winter things! I’ll have to ask at my local store about cotton and other fibers as I have only looked at the wool yarns.

  • this is gorgeous! i love the pattern it created!

    • Kelly

      thanks Lisa!

  • This is so beautiful! I’m beyond impressed! I have no idea how that twisting works, but I’ll have to read through that post carefully- it’s absolutely gorgeous!

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much! Pure accident with the pattern to begin with- and to keep it going it was just a matter of knitting looser or tighter to get the color to shift left or right. Have a look at that article, it’s pretty amazing the brainpower that went into figuring out how to get different patterns!

  • That’s really cool! I’ve never heard of planned pooling before.

    • Kelly

      Thanks! I had only heard of pooling as a thing to avoid, but stumbled across that article and thought it was pretty cool!

  • Wow, the chevron effect is amazing, I thought it was fair isle or intarsia at first. I don’t usually buy variegated yarn but I’ll look out for some now. Great job! I started a sweater in January and I should really keep going on it so it’s finished for next winter… It’s hard to stay motivated when the weather gets nicer though.

    • Kelly

      Thank you! I am not a huge fan of the multi-colored yarns but I liked this colorway of just the dark brown and cream…the same yarn company has some that are neon and grey and I thought those were pretty cool too! I want to start a sweater soon because I figure it will take me until next winter to finish 😉 But you’re right, I think it will be hard to stay motivated in the warm weather!

  • Love the effect you’ve achieved here! I’ve had this pattern bookmarked for ages now – maybe next winter I’ll start some knitting!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Kathryn! This is a great pattern for a beginner or someone who needs some refresher practice- it’s just knit purl knit purl knit purl over and over again!

  • This is gorgeous! I’ve just started knitting again too, but like you I have the itch to start my summer and spring sewing rather than working on heavy garments. I’m planning to start a cardigan in a fingering weight yarn to work on over the summer. It’s my first cardigan so I probably won’t finish until at least fall anyway!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Katie! That’s my plan too, if we start a sweater now there is lots of time to finish for winter!

  • I just love this scarf! So adorable on you! (loving your whole me made outfit also..) It is so nice an big and comfy looking, for sure something I would wait for next winter to start probably. I really want to learn ho to knit, this might be a great beginner project.

    • Kelly

      Thank you! I try to wear only me-made items but I need to make more jeans- I have been inspired by your instagram pics lately 🙂 This would be an excellent beginner project!

  • Woah, I just scanned that article on planned pooling and my head hurts. So amazed right now.

    This turned out so well, I love the zig-zag effect you were able to get! Thanks for the yarn recommendation too, I will definitely have to get my hands on some of that for next winter. 🙂

    • Kelly

      Isn’t that article amazing? Not something I would get into seriously but I admire the planning and brainpower that she has put into figuring out different patterns that can be made! And yes, if you get some of that yarn you won’t regret it 🙂

  • Jo

    wow! I love how you manipulated the yarn colouring! what a striking outcome!

  • Wow! I am impressed with how playing with tension you were able to achieve the chevron pattern!

  • Katie

    I knit year round, and sweaters are my favorite to knit. I’ve found that I don’t end up wearing my “summer patterns” very often and now avoid them. (I knit a camisole a few years ago, but when would I wear a knit camisole??) In warmer months I generally knit lighter weight cardigans that I can wear in air conditioning at work. There are lots of patterns out there that would be great first sweaters. My advice is to just make sure you swatch and measure it accurately to be sure to get the fit you want!

  • this is gorgeous! i love it so much. i bet you wear the **** out of this once it gets colder. it really is a quick knit isn’t it? i am quite the novice knitter and this was no problem.

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