Quick Gifts 5: Easy Lace Loop & Cowl Set


It's finally published!  I just wanted to make sure you knew in case you wanted a quick weekend project.

Recently I've been trying to tie up long-time loose ends and this is one of them.  A few years ago several of our local SnB members (myself included) purchased these beautiful variegated skeins of Malabrigo Silky Merino.  A few years passed, and we still had no idea what to make with them.  Each is so different from the other, and each is beautiful in its own way.  So, after fiddling with  many many stitch patterns and needle sizes, I finally came up with a good combination of yarn, needle size/gauge, and pattern!

Here's what resulted from the effort:

I'm quite happy with the results, and if you'd like to try your hand at the pattern, it's available here on Ravelry.  It makes a really quick knit in the DK weight, and different yarns react differently to the pattern.  Some pool others stripe, but I'm happy with the end results of both combinations.

Details on the pattern...
The pattern is for 2 sizes: Cowl and Loop. 

Instructions are given for 2 yarn weights: DK and Fingering.  It’s a great pattern for stash-busting and using up variegated yarns.
Cowl: ~24-26” / 61-66 cm circumference 
Loop: ~44-48” / 112-122 cm circumference 
Cowl: ~22” / 61 cm circumference 
Loop: ~44” / 112 cm circumference
All have height ~10.5” / 26.5 cm
• knitting in the round 
• slipping a stitch, dropping a stitch 
• passing a slipped stitch over live stitches 
• yarning over
DK/8ply Yarn 
Cowl – 150 yds / 137 m DK/8 ply yarn 
Loop – 300 yds / 274 m DK/8 ply yarn 
Fingering/4ply Yarn 
Cowl – 275 yds / 229 m Fingering weight / 4ply yarn 
Loop – 550 yds / 457 m Fingering weight / 4ply yarn
1 stitch marker, tapestry needle
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