There are the projects — like yesterday’s — that take a little time to evolve and there are those that have a more Athena-like birth. They emerge with their destinies clear and fully formed. Joji Locatelli’s 3 Color Cashmere Cowl was pretty much as close to an Athena-knit as it gets for me. I saw it. I knew I wanted to knit it. I got the pattern and yarn. I knit it. And today I’m wearing it. There was no mussing about any aspect of the project, just simple & straight-forward unquestionable knitting.
For this cowl, I used 3 skeins of Miss Babs’ Sojourn, an insanely luxurious 65% cashmere – 35% silk blend.
And you can bet…
That every last second of knitting this was pretty much like knitting clouds in heaven. I won’t say this was a quick knit for me. I think mentally it took me a bit of a leap to knit a cowl that is so incredibly long. You know how you start a project and you kind start an internal timer — a cowl should take me a couple days or maybe a week or socks should take me 1-3weeks or a sweater should take a month or two. That timer ebbs and flows as I take on random projects here and there, but if things start to lag I start to feel it. In any case, this project tested that internal clock and I actually think it was good for me. New things keep us on our toes, right?! In any case, despite working on it at the same time I was speeding toward the finish line with a sweater I whipped this up in just under a month.
And that little bit of lace — it’s inspired. Those familiar with the pattern will note that those two stipes of pink at the upper edge just after the lace and before the ribbing are supposed to be the light grey, but unfortunately I ran out. To tell you the truth, I am kind of glad I did. I love that little pop of pink in the deep grey.
I say it a lot here, but all in all I couldn’t be happier with this finished project. Like every Joji Locatelli pattern I’ve worked with, I found it to be very well-written and easy to follow. This cowl would be great for a beginner who wants to take just an extra little step up in difficulty as there are some very nice advanced beginner techniques involved. Striping (and she includes a quite note on working the jogless jog), some basic textured stitch patterns, and the little section of basic lace are all great ways to expand a new knitters’ repertoire. For those of us who’ve been at it for a while, it’s definitely fun in that it changes up enough to keep things interesting. And then there’s the whole wearing heaven clouds around your neck thing that can’t be beat.
Perhaps my favorite part of this cowl is that it’s incredibly warm. In my experience, it would take a small, structured bulky or super bulky design in wool or wool/alpaca blend to be as cozy as this cowl. When worn, the extreme length creates layers of warmth that just can’t be beat. I didn’t realize it when I started out on this project, but it is proving to be the best late winter treat ever. Soft, super warm heaven clouds certainly help me to love every last minute of this winter, I think. So go ahead and bring on more of these subzero temps or bring me three feet of snow, I’ve got my 3 Color Cashmere Cowl and I’m going to wear the heck out of it.