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Old 11-21-2012, 11:57 PM   #1
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FO: Red-Tail Hawk Cowl
Red-Tail Hawk is the color of this Twizzle yarn by Mountain Colors. It's left over from a cardigan I knit last Spring. (Perry Cardigan)

My cowl isn't blocked yet and it definitely needs it...to widen, lengthen and pop the pattern stitch! At the moment, it measures 7" x 45"...and it's supposed to grow to 8" x 60", which will be a much better fit around the neck. I won't have the space to block it until Tuesday.







The "Garland Cowl" is a free pattern over at Ravelry. It is written out, line by line,
and the cowl is knit in 49 rounds x 126 stitches each. Very easy to follow. Worsted weight yarn and big needles (US 10.5).

The designer recommended a particular cast-on (very stretchy)...which I tried and failed at. Instead of it, I was able to use a stretchy cast-on of my own.

She also recommended a particular stretchy bind off, Elizabeth Zimmerman's Sewn Bind Off...
which is demonstrated on You Tube. It was very easy indeed, and worked like a charm.

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Old 11-22-2012, 07:02 AM   #2
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Mmm, beautiful mix of colors. I love the combinations that Mountain Colors produces. What a great cowl and yes, even better with blocking. Thanks very much for the EZ bind off video.
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Oooh, that is really cool looking. I love it!
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That looks lovely, warm and cozy. Pretty colors.
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The cowl turned out very nice! Thank you for posting the video as well.
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So pretty! That should be great for the chilly weather you get up there!

I haven't tried Jeny's cast on, just the bind off.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
So pretty! That should be great for the chilly weather you get up there!

I haven't tried Jeny's cast on, just the bind off.
Jeny's cast on was waaaaay too futzy for me....and over 126 st cast on???? No way, no how! I knew how to work a perfectly loose, stretchy LT cast on, so why cause myself unnecessary aggravation??? For a COWL???? No way.
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Jeny's cast on was waaaaay too futzy for me....and over 126 st cast on???? No way, no how! I knew how to work a perfectly loose, stretchy LT cast on, so why cause myself unnecessary aggravation??? For a COWL???? No way.
I tried that cast on once and futzy is a nice word for it.



I've not been convinced I need it badly enough to try again. Knowing you chose not to use it makes me feel better.
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I tried that cast on once and futzy is a nice word for it.



I've not been convinced I need it badly enough to try again. Knowing you chose not to use it makes me feel better.
I'd rather cast on 500 stitches using longtail, or even 'knitted on', than 126 Jeny stitches.
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The cable cast on seems plenty stretchy to me and not nearly as futzy. I'm not good at guesstimating the length of yarn needed for long-tail cast on and I hate ending up just a little short or waaaaaaaaaaay too long. Sometimes I think just because something is more complicated people think it's better.
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