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Gentille cowl ta-da!

My busy hands have completed a new project: the Gentille cowl!  Available for about $5.74 on Ravelry (click here), this pattern makes a great one-skein wonder!

"Gentille" cowl - a wearable knitted piece with great drape!

The yarn used was awfully hard to photograph properly, even in natural light, but if you’re wanting a pretty accurate representation of color, check the source: KnitPicks Hawthorne in Ladd’s Addition.  It’s essentially a blend of dark blues and purples with a pop of hot pink that has a tail end of bright orange.  Less brown than in my pictures here.  I think it’s gorgeous, but that’s not the only thing about this yarn I love: it may be 80% wool but it’s not scratchy at all, even after a whole day’s wear; it blocked beautifully; the drape is perfect.  This is my favorite yarn of the year so far, for sure.

Gentille cowl draped on a chairAs you can sort of see, there are two “sections” to this pattern: a garter stitch section and a lacy chevron section.  That constitutes 1 pattern repeat, and my 357 yd skein was perfect for 4 repeats total.  Here are closeups of the two “sections:”

Gentille cowl - garter stitch sectionGentille cowl - lacy chevron sectionI like the way the bright pinks/oranges make a sort of zig/zag pattern throughout.  This is called “pooling,” right?  Well, I really like the way it pooled here (I know sometimes it can be a mess)!

In conclusion, even though the pattern was pretty easy to remember, I don’t regret paying for it — I’m sure I’ll use it again someday.  This pattern mixed the mindless garter stitch with interesting [but not difficult] chevrons, and it looks more complicated than it actually was!  This is the sort of pattern you could churn out in a week for a gift, and I think anybody would love to receive one, don’t you?

Well, that’s all for today, but this isn’t the last you’ll see of the Gentille cowl!  Look out for a special knitting tip coming up soon!  As always, thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Comments

  1. Wow! That is amazing. I love the pattern combination. I think i have to add it to my pattern collection. I’ll link it and get it after payday. Yea!

  2. I really like this and can see me making it too! Can I use sock yarn? I’ve got some really posh Rowan Fine Art sock yarn to use up.

    • I don’t see why not! I use “sock” and “fingering” weight yarns interchangeably, for the most part.

      • Ok cool. I didn’t know what weight your yarn was but it looked fine. I haven’t worked out which is finer – sock or lace. I assume lace…. But they’re similar aren’t they?

        • Lace is the finest yarn, and just one step down from sock/fingering. I believe lace weight is similar in weight to crochet thread, although it’s not similar in fiber or structure. I’ve never used lace weight before — I bet making anything with it takes FOREVER! I’m thinking about attempting something small soon, though.

  3. Beautiful 🙂

  4. Belíssimo! Parabéns pelo trabalho.

  5. Beautiful, beautiful scarf! LOVE it! I’m sure your real colors are gorgeous, but it also looks great as brown and dark coral as it looks on-line. I am going to snag that pattern and write down that yarn. I have recently started wearing fashion scarves and would love to knit a few of my own. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I knew I had a Ravelry account, but have not really used it. I went and purchased the Gentille Cowl pattern and it was super simple. I didn’t even know that I could put my purchased patterns right in a library there. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am not sure I will get to knitting one this winter, but I definitely want to make one. And I have written down the yarn you used and the next time I am new a knitting shop, I will stop in and see if they carry it. Love all the colors it comes in.

Trackbacks

  1. […] plain garter stitch as well as lace patterns that do not have purl rows.  The example shown is the Gentille cowl.  This does not work in stockinette stitch.  Look at how the edge looks […]

  2. […] absolutely gorgeous (both the colors themselves and the way it made a pretty zigzag pattern in my Gentille cowl).  Soft to work with and wear next to the skin.  It is a fingering weight/4 ply yarn made up […]

  3. […] love my first Gentille Cowl so much, I had to make another with another lovely yarn (in fact, the same yarn, just a different […]

  4. […] KnitPicks yarn so much and it really looks neat; the colors pooled nicely like they did in my first Gentille cowl.  Once it’s dry and stitched up I’ll share the finished […]

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