Intermezzo Cowl Review

Pattern: Intermezzo Cowl courtesy of Skeinwalker on Ravelry

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Monte Donegal Sangria (received as a gift)

Needles: Majestic interchangeable needles (Knit Picks) size US 9, 32” circular

Dates worked: March 23 – April 7

Notes: cowl, one color, lace, in the round, elastic bind off, yarn over, decreases

Difficulty: Easy

First photo as a WIP

This cowl is really easy to knit! The lace pattern is repetitive and easy to pick up. I found that keeping the tension consistent with the lacing was much easier than I had anticipated. Skeinwalker is excellent at writing patterns and if you are a fan of well-written patterns I definitely suggest giving her stuff a long look.

The weight of this yarn made progress very easy to see. I rarely make it up to a size 9 knitting needle, so I felt like this project went by extremely quickly, especially in comparison to other projects I have worked on recently. I am back down to US 4 needles for my next project, which I started right after binding off this cowl and it feels more comfortable, but I also know it will be a longer road.

Almost done! Taken around the middle of the 3rd repeat for the pattern

Whenever I pick out a new knitting project I try to make sure that I am learning a new skill or practicing a recently acquired skill. For this project, the skill was lace knitting. I am in the process of blocking the project as I write this so I am not sure how wonderful the finished product will look, but I do know that upon binding off I was very thrilled with myself. There were a few mistakes throughout the cowl, but I don’t think I could find them if I tried now. This is a first for me. Normally a knitter knows each and every mistake, and this time I just don’t. I was so happy with how well I was doing the whole time with learning how to lace knit and not making it look like trash that the mistakes never really registered with me.

I would recommend this pattern, it is quick, easy, and produces a beautiful cowl. It is fine for somebody who is new to lace knitting, and the recommended yarn weight is greater than most other lace partterns I have found, which is definitely an advantage. The pattern does include purl stitches, slip-slip-knit stitches, knit two together, yarn over, and knit stitches. There is a lot to practice and learn with this project and I think it is absolutely wonderful! I have included pictures here, but check out my Instagram for updates on all my WIPS and more pictures of my Intermezzo cowl!

Done, but not being worn. Picture taken before blocking.

Instagram: brit_gee

Ravelry: begivens

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