I found the pattern for the Lowbrow Cowl by Thao Nguyen via Pinterest, and decided that I had to make it for Karen for Christmas. I know they don’t get very much scarf weather in California, but I really liked how it looked 🙂 I used Rowan Pure Wool Worsted in “Candy” color to make the scarf. Wool makes it warmer than she’ll need, but unlike acrylic, it doesn’t tend to create the static in your hair. This yarn was also a superwash wool, which will make cleaning it easier should the need arise. It’s about 48 inches around, so it can be doubled up nicely like an “infinity scarf.”
The pattern looked harder than it was, which was fortunate for me. It’s knit in the round, and had a short repeat on each row, so it was easy to work on during breaks and in short spurts without losing my place. I first thought that the pattern was for cabled knitting, but it’s actually just done with yarn-overs and decreases! The look changed quite a bit once I blocked it, but unfortunately I forgot to take photos beforehand. I love how much better knitting looks once it’s blocked!
It was a bit of an adventure when I got about 20 rows in, and realized that even though I’d knit a swatch, my gauge was way too big, which not only meant a larger scarf, but that I would run out of yarn far too early! A few minutes on Amazon had the proper size needles ordered, and I frogged what I’d accomplished and started over. On both the first try and second try, I had to un-knit a couple of rows to fix mistakes, but it went far better after that. I had also ordered some very small tags so that I could put a tag on the scarf, but according to USPS tracking, the package of my tags departed New Hampshire on December 4th, and haven’t been heard from since.
I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I know it won’t see as much use in California as it would up here, but hopefully Karen will be able to get some use out of it 🙂 She did say that she really liked it, although I’m guessing she’d appreciate it if I don’t post the photo I got of her wearing it while still in her sweats 😉
Edit 1/4/15: Karen sent me a photo today, modeling her scarf. Looks good!