Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WiP Wednesday - YUM!

Here is my most recent project - and it's not for a baby!  It's a cowl for my future-mother-in-law (for Christmas).  The pattern is the Burberry Inspired Cowl found here or on Ravelry.

The yarn is amazing!!  It's Diamond Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca Sport - nice and soft and so great to knit with!  It sheds a little, the only drawback I've found so far.

I'm liking the way the cowl is looking - I'm just over half-way done.

For this project I had to learn the provisional cast-on and it's also my first time doing cables.  I think they are looking ok so far but there are a couple long threads I'm wondering about - should they be there?

I believe it's the last stitch of the stitches that go on the cable needle.  What I am doing is slipping the stitches to a cable needle (smaller than the needle I'm knitting with) then, when I get to the part where I need to knit those stitches, I slip them back on my knitting needle and knit them.  I'm trying to be conscious of my tension and I even gave them a little 'pull' after I noticed these longer threads.  It didn't seem to help.  So are they unavoidable?  Or am I doing something wrong?

Hop on over to Tami's blog and check out what other people are working on!


  1. I LOVE alpaca and baby alpaca yarn. I have issues with a lot of wool and my skin, but alpaca I seem to have no problem. I do agree though, the only thing that I don't like is the shedding.

  2. Oh, I love cowls!
    The long-ish stitch is pretty normal when you're cabling... after you've knitted a bit, tug on the stitch next to it, and see if you can get that stitch to 'eat' a bit of the extra yarn...
    looks great!

  3. Don't you love learning new skills with your knitting projects? I don't think you are doing anything wrong, the stretched stitch will most likely go away when you wash and block your finished cowl. You can also give your working yarn a gently tug after you knit that last stitch, but it's looking good. : )

  4. I don't know what you are doing to cause that long stitch. I agree that maybe you should give the working yarn a tug right after you make that stitch.

    Love the yarn, it should feel snuggly soft.

  5. That yarn looks lovely! Your MIL is getting a great gift.

  6. Ooh! Pretty! That cowl is in my favorites list and it's been calling me (it's getting a lot louder since the temperature dropped)!

    Don't worry about the long stitch, it's because of the big cables. When you block it, everything will even out. Nice work!

  7. Good to see how you like it. I think I just added that to my queue and think it will turn out well with the yarn I'm thinking about. I really like it.