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the somewhat cowl


Pattern: The Somewhat Cowl by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca & Silk in Plum from
Needles: addi turbo circulars and bamboo dpns in sizes 3.5mm and 3.75mm
Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows to 4 inches
Modifications: None, really. I knit the second smallest size using the revised pattern with waist shaping. My cowl ribbing is a bit shorter than specified in the pattern.
Blocking: I didn’t block the sweater.
Started: 4.14.06
Completed: 5.4.06
Sweater high. Knitting a sweater top down. Love it! I think this is something I’d find at Barneys. (Sweater high.) It’s stylish and shapely with a somewhat cowl. Back to knitting top down, did I mention how much I love it? I’d be interested in your thoughts on knitting sweaters this way – pros, cons, other good patterns. Did you see the gorgeous Something Red knit by Siow Chin? Also lots of good references on top down knitting there. Maybe Something Red or this pattern in a long sleeve version…maybe in cashmere?

6 thoughts on “the somewhat cowl

  1. looks great brooke!
    i love knitting top down, all of glampyre’s patterns are knit in this way. it just makes fitting so much easier

  2. Gorgeous! Congrats on the BEAUTIFUL sweater!

  3. It’s lovely, Brooke! 🙂

  4. It’s such a lovely fit and gorgeous plummy colour. You look fabulous in this!

  5. the sweater is stunning! you look great.

  6. Hey, your Somewhat Cowl looks absolutely fab, I love the colour.
    In answer to your question: top-down sweaters are my favourite knits, they’re so much fun and you get to try your creation on whenever you want, hence ensuring a much better fit. Cons: I s’ppose any pattern (I’m referring mainly to lacy edgings) which need to be worked bottom-up wouldn’t work, unless you did them as two separate pieces and then grafted them together. That to me would take out the joy of superquick knits with no seaming involved thou.
    Have gone on a bit, I’ll shut up now 😉

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