You might (or might not) have noticed that I’ve been quiet for about a week – to celebrate the last of the Brothers Grimm embroidery patterns going up in the etsy shop, we – wait for it – took A Whole Week Off. It was awesome. I mean, not like I don’t love the pattern designing, both knitting and stitching, and not like I didn’t spend the whole week knitting and stitching anyway, but it was so nice to not think about any of it, you know? Just kind of go with it and play with things I don’t normally have time for.
So I want to tell you all about what I did on my Big Week Off – but first I just wanted to quickly show off my Big Herringbone Cowl. I’m sorry I don’t have a full or modeled photo – trust me when I say it looks exactly like all the others. Mine is slightly less big – it ended up being about 58″ long and 9.5″ wide. This was a stash project, using up three skeins (about 270m) of the now (sadly) discontinued Noro Cash Iroha. Perfect use for it, if I do say so myself, and this is a perfectly reasonable size even though I had much less yarn than the pattern calls for. It’s big enough to wrap around my neck three times, slouchily, and not suffocate me in the process. Just right.
Now, loads of people on Ravelry seemed terribly unhappy with this stitch pattern, so I just want to mention it quickly. If you look at the pattern carefully, you’ll see that the whole thing is basically made up of K2tog and K2tog TBL (through the back loop). Sure, you do a dropping-only-one-loop thing, but that’s just details. Assuming you have the basics down, this pattern should not be a problem. I suspect people were more bothered by the giant needles, which can be very tiring on your hands, than the stitch pattern itself. I only mention this because I’d hate to see newer knitters put off by the comments – just think of it as K2togs and K2tog TBLs and be prepared to give your hands a rest from time to time.
In fact, I’d totally make this one again with some big squishy yarn (especially a single-ply, it just looks so perfect in a single-ply yarn, dontcha think?) — but I would not do the bind off as suggested in the pattern. A lot of people also mentioned this problem in their notes on Ravelry, and on this one I should’ve listened. I stupidly went and did it anyway and, even though I went down a couple of needle sizes, it was still very floppy and doesn’t match the cast on edge that well. Blocking sorted out the floppy thing, which was the only part I really cared about, but I’d still try to find another bind off next time. But otherwise, a fast (took me exactly one week) and wonderfully squishy knit!