Friday, January 21, 2011

holy cowl!

meet the chickadee interpretation of polar bear wear. super soft and snuggly like the furry coat of the arctic animal, it manages to be warm without being overwhelming and functionally fit for the elements. the pattern is idlewood (ravelry download) from cecily glowik macdonald and it jumped to the top of my knitting queue the moment it came out.

of course, it had to wait a bit before it was actually cast-on. and in the meantime there was plenty of wandering the worsted yarn section at work to find an appropriate yarn. berroco vintage chunky hit the shelves at just the right time and worked out perfectly for the pattern. it is 50% acrylic/40% wool/10% nylon which makes it machine wash and dry. certainly a factor for a white sweater. and forget what you know about acrylic yarns, this stuff is soft and super easy to work with.

does that cowl look gigantic? that's because it is. it is almost the entire length of the body of the sweater! but it drapes beautifully below the neck when you need it to be out of the way. and when you get suited up to brave the winter winds, just wrap it around your neck and you don't need to bring along a scarf. it is built in!

this was a quick, fun knit that has gotten a lot of wear this season. it makes the winter bearable. polar bearable.


Pang said...

so pretty!!! i would buy it!!

Meaghan said...

Hello blog makeover! I think I might attempt this as my first sweater. There's a person on Rav who is plus size and made it, which gives me the confidence to do it too. I hope you don't mind if we have the same sweater. I do promise, however, to not make a winter white version as I do not endeavor to look like a cowled marshmallow. ()