|Cowl Shrug by Michelle Porter|
It's simple, it's chic, and I think it has big impact. Most importantly, it's warm!! Winter gets freezing here and I need to keep my core warm. This wooly lady will certainly do that for me, and more.
I used some sport weight Wool of the Andes from my stash and knit with the strands held double. I used 5mm needles for the body and cast on enough stitches for a boxy fit. I wear a lot of layers in the winter and I wanted Clementine to be able to accommodate these easily. I cannot tell you how pleased I am with the end result!
I made sure to stop and stretch a lot during this knit as I do not want to re-injure my shoulder. The yarn held double and big needles helped this to be a really quick knit, which was also a kindness to myself. I love the vaguely 80's cropped sweater look!
The 'lace' in the body and sleeves is just simple knit and purl and eyelet stitches. I did originally have it in the cowl, too, but ripped it back as it didn't look right. I have one precious skein of pure angora in my stash and added it to finish the cowl. I can freely admit I was scared to death to wet block this as I didn't want to destroy the fluffiness of the angora, but it turned out really well.
Now, if it would only cool down enough for me to wear this!!