One of my friends at work is a huge Seattle Seahawks fan, but since I’d be hard pressed to come up with Seahawks-type gear that she doesn’t already own, I went a different route on this cowl 🙂 I reused the same pattern I used for my Secret Santa Cowl (Suzana Davidovic’s Calm Cowl pattern from Ravelry), but went with a crimson and gray theme. It only made my UW Alumni self shudder a tiny bit to be buying yarn in such colors (give me purple and gold, thank you!) but my friend’s granddaughter cheers for a high school team with the colors crimson and gray, and I thought something school-spirit would be fun to wear when she goes to watch her granddaughter cheer!
I soaked this cowl before gifting – I found out on the last one that blocking doesn’t change the drape or size of it as far as I could tell, since most of the cowl is done in single-crochet-chain-one, but after how much the Secret Santa cowl bled, I wanted to make sure to check this one! Happily, it didn’t bleed at all when soaked in warm water with a little soap, so it was good to go! The yarn options for a crimson and gray variegated were very slim picking. I ended up choosing Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection: Everyday Soft Worsted in “lava”. I wasn’t sure if I liked the yarn or not – it can be so hard to tell how variegated yarns will knit or crochet up when they’re in the skein, so I also bought a skein of Red Heart Team Spirit in “red/gray”. I’m sure glad the Premier Yarns color worked out – I tried a few stitches on the Red Heart to compare, and it felt like a Brillo pad!
I gifted the cowl today, since both my friend and I are off work until after Christmas, and she really liked it 🙂 There was a mention that there will likely be an attempted theft by the granddaughter, but she seems pretty determined to keep possession of her cowl!