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
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.
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!