Saturday, April 6, 2019

Hasukai Cowl

Ready for another "finished project" post? I introduced this project in this post at the end of September. I finished it the next day.
Look at all that plush garter.
I'm not the biggest fan of garter stitch,
but sometimes....mmmh.
You're right--it does help that it's cashmere.
So why did I not write about it until six months later? Well, I had plans to dye the finished piece. I find this red a little flat and I was hoping to add some depth and variation with a dip in some dye. But I wasn't confident in how to do it and haven't (yet) felt adventurous enough to try. So I started wearing it like this and then it seemed a little after the fact to blog about it. But here we are.

If I ever dye it, I'll let you know. (I'll try not to wait six months.)

The scarf is a tube of garter stitch with increases on one side and matching decreases on the other so that the rows end up running diagonally. Then the ends are finished with a ruffle.
Each end is the same except that the long point on one side lines up with the short end on the other side.
The scarf can be worn as a basic scarf, just wrapped behind the neck:
or wrapped around the neck:
But the reason this pattern caught my eye is that it can be worn as a cowl too. To get there, you have to configure the scarf as follows:
Put your hand inside the scarf and hold the other edge.
Pull the one edge over the other, like you're
turning something inside out.
Line up the "inny" and "outy" points and
arranged the scarf so it is folded roughly in half.
Open up the center of the tube.
Stick your head through the hole.
Now you have a cozy cowl that pools around your neck and drapes over your shoulders:
No cold is sneaking between this cowl and your shirt's neckline.
Or you can pull all the bulk to the front if you don't want your shoulders covered:
If you want to be able to move your arms, this is also what you have to do if you're going to wear it under a coat:
But you can wear it outside the coat too:
I really love throwing this cowl on. (I don't really wear it as a scarf.) It was great to wear inside on the cold, cold days we had this winter when the woodstove was throwing out heat but couldn't stop the cold drafts that were suddenly noticeable. On the milder days we're having now, it's great to wear out of the house like a wrap or poncho.

If you want a simple project that is way more interesting than a long rectangle scarf, definitely give this a go.

Since the scarf is worked in the round in garter stitch, the pattern instructs you to knit one row and purl the next. I applied the same "no purl" method I used on my Honey Cowl to avoid all that purling, especially as it is easy to do so.

I used one end from the outside of the yarn cake and one from the inside for my two strands since I started this for a trip and wanted to be able to travel light(er). (This way I only needed to carry one ball of yarn instead of two.)

Project Stats
: 7 Aug '18
Finished: 30 Sep '18
Pattern: Hasukai Cowl by Hiroko Fukatsu (¥2 JPY, which is currently ~$1.85 US)
Materials: 135 grams cashmere raveled from a Patrick Clark sweater, held double ($2.50 for the whole sweater, 228 grams)
Ravelry project link: Hasuki Cowl for Iceland

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