At least a few times a week I look through Ravelry patterns that are on the “hot right now” or on the “recently added” lists. Sometimes I see something I love and sometimes I admire the work of designers I follow. Since I write the monthly email newsletter for my local yarn shop, Abuelita’s, I also look for designs to highlight.
Recently, I noticed the Circle of Love Lace Cowl by Evelyn A. Clark. The pattern is now highlighted in the February newsletter and I had to knit it. I chose Cascade Kid Seta (not discontinued as per Ravelry) in Blackberry. The yarn is similar to KidSilk Haze used in the original pattern. Previously I knit a scarf out of KidSilk Haze and two different shawls (Dare to Dream and Dancing Crane Stole) out of Silken Kydd. Of the three types of silk/mohair yarns I have knit with I like the Cascade Kid Seta the best and will use it again.
Since Valentines day is around the corner, I thought I “should” use red or pink yarn, but I fell in love with the Blackberry Kid Seta. It is a rich purple and I have outfits in my closet that would work nicely with the color. The finished project is really beautiful and surprising easy to knit (if you know a how to increase and decrease). Mohair is not an easy yarn to knit with, so if this is a concern, this cowl would be equally beautiful in a different yarn.
The only modification I made to the pattern was to cast on 144 stitches vs. the pattern’s 108. Mohair is a bit warm and I didn’t want the cowl too close around my neck. During blocking, the cowl stretched quite a bit so I don’t know if the extra stitches were necessary. When I knit it again (and I purchased ITO Sensai to do this), I will probably cast on a few less stitches.
If you are in Pasadena, the cowl is on display at Abuelita’s for the next couple of weeks then I will enjoy wearing it for the rest of the winter.