Today is one of those August days in which you can feel the first hint of Fall in the air. For the first time in the morning, you think “perhaps I should have brought a sweater.” Everywhere you look, stores have adorned their window displays with lush, cozy garments in anticipation of autumn. And, if you’re into fashion, you’re counting the days until the Vogue September Issue is released. In other words, it was the perfect day to finish my first Fall accessory: a long cowl with deep, warm colours.
I named this project ”Once, Twice, Three Times a Scarf” because you can wrap it around one, two, or three times (or none at all) depending on your style preference, or how chilly it is outside.
Here it is in its full glory. I’ve included this shot so you can get a sense of the scarf’s overall size – I can’t see myself ever venturing out like this – too impractical: I’d catch it on something or it would end up in my coffee.
Here it is wrapped once around my neck, so that it doubles as a headscarf. (I know there’s a proper name for this style, but my vocabulary is temporarily failing me.) This style I will actually wear, as the wind tunnel between my office and the courthouse is pretty wicked, and this should help me to avoid looking completely disheveled (I always look partially disheveled, and I’ve come to accept this over time).
Here it is wrapped around my neck twice, which is how all the kids are wearing cowls these days. Worn this way, a cowl can be a nice way to liven up a winter turtleneck, especially if you have a cold office. Also a great option for those lovely Fall walks I can’t wait to go on.
Finally, when Winter hits, you’ll likely opt for the “triple wrap” or “Canadian” option. With the scarf wrapped around your neck three times, it’s very difficult for any snow, wind or other atmospheric debris to get inside your coat. Nothing makes one shiver quite like a giant snowflake that has managed to sneak by your scarf.
This project was an absolute joy to knit, from start to finish. It took just over a week, and just under three balls of Noro Silk Garden (colourway: 20/F), knit in the round on a 5mm needle. The cast-on is a bit daunting (280 stitches), but the four row pattern is easy to memorize and results in a scarf that is both eye-catching and elegant. The Pattern, available on Ravelry for free, is the Twisted Rib Neckwarmer, by Michelle Johnston. It’s a keeper. This scarf would be a great Christmas gift project (I know knitters are still mostly in a state of denial about this, but we’re creeping up on the holiday season sooner than you think). Given how large the scarf is, I find it really surprising that it only took 300m of yarn. You know what that means? A cashmere splurge is totally justified. As this is one of those patterns that looks completely different depending on the yarn you use, I may knit another one in a plain colour, maybe a rich neutral. As it’s knit on circulars and the pattern is so simple, this project also ranks high on the portability scale, which is in part why it flew off my needles (that and I used Noro, which is self-striping, so I would keep knitting just to watch the colours change. It doesn’t take much to excite me.)