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PB&J Cowl


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When I saw the Hello Purl batts lined up in a neat little cubby at StevenBe's Yarn Garage in Minneapolis, I thought of my mother immediately. Like my mom, these batts had a lot of interesting elements and a little sparkle, too. So, even though I'm just a beginning spinner, I took a chance and brought one home. My mom's favorite color is purple, so I chose the PB&J batt. It's such a cute name, I couldn't help but call this cowl the same thing. The batt weighed 4.75 oz. and contained bits of East Fresian, Falkland, Mohair Locks, Alpaca, Border Leicester, Faux Cashmere, Bamboo and Angelina. I laid the batt out, and tore it into strips that I pre-drafted. I spun with a short-forward draw on 7.25 ratio. It spun up like a gorgeous dream. I turned the singles into a two-ply on the 5.5 ratio. I had about 141 yards, in the end. I knew I had about enough for a hat, but it didn't seem like the right project. So, I cast on and made this very simple bias fabric until I was just about out of yarn. I kept the center stitches in stockinette, with a small garter-stitch edging, to maximize the amount of fabric out of my yarn. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit purl grafting live stitches GAUGE 16 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 16 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Supplies Needed

  • I used handspun yarn that I made from a batt by Hello Purl Any yarn you like that works up at the right gauge will work.
  • #10 needles

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Lara Neel Designs
Lara Neel Designs
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