I’ve had this little beauty from the Purl Bee on my “Dear Lord I Have To Make This or I Will Die!!!!!” list since last spring––a thankfully bygone era where there was nowhere to publish such lists. That is, until Pinterest changed all that. So now this cotton cowl is on my “Make this with yarn” Pinterest board and it’s burning a hole in my proverbial creative pocket.
It’s such a simple idea: combine one thick piece of neutral cotton with one thin embroidery thread accent. The color comes through in an organic way and makes for a cowl that feels sophisticated, approachable and not hum-drum in the least.
So with this as my inspiration, I’ve decided to take a slightly different route with my project. I’ve got quite a few white-ish colored scarves and cowls, like this Martha Cowl I made last winter (photographed by my bestie McCall from Lucky Malone Photography).
So I thought about using a brown base instead of a cream-colored cotton. Well, turns out I have quite a few brown-ish scarves and cowls too, like this “Just Enough Ruffles” scarf.
So it’s time to opt for a different color scheme. I’ve been thinking something deeper and more rich, but with the same “I wear cotton cowls and use biodegradable dish soap” sort of look. Like if this mood board from Style Me Pretty were to wrap itself around my neck.
Now another key difference between the beautiful Purl Bee number and the cowl I have in mind is that admission to the trail I’m blazing is going to cost you about 60 bucks less than if you whip up the Purl Bee version.
Before tax, their yarn comes out to about $85. Let me say, I am all for beautiful, indulgent, whole-paycheck yarn. And really, if have money to burn there’s really no better bonfire than Purl Soho in my opinion. Talk about a crafter’s dream come true. It’s truly a beautiful, extremely well-currated store. But I like to do LOTS of projects, so at times, I have to sacrifice a little quality (or posh NYC retail experience) for a little quantity. In this case, my yarn sans tax and plus one Michael’s coupon ran about $25.30. It’s honestly not that cheap, but I guess that’s usually hard to avoid when the pattern requires knitting with two strands together because you’re getting less mileage out of each inch of yarn you pay for.
So, here’s what I’ve come up with for my take on the Purl Bee cowl.
1) 4 skeins of Sugar ‘n Cream cotton in Denim
2) 8 skeins of DMC thread (weight 5) in a variety of browns and yellows (each skein is 27.3 yards)
3) 1 skein of Pattens Stretch Sock in Mineral (there’s no reason this needs to be stretchy, I just happened to like these colors and it’s about the same thickness as the embroidery thread)
I’m going to get started swirling this all together tonight. I’ll give you an update on how it is (or isn’t?) turning out very soon. And I’m hoping that if I knit diligently enough, Fall will just barge right in and make himself at home. As much as I don’t mind these 85 degree overcast days, the 93% humidity isn’t really conducive to wearing anything knit. Or really anything at all for that matter.