What it is: The Sartorial Cowl by Star Athena

Why I made it: I found this handspun-looking yarn on the swap table at Common Cod a few years ago.  Intrigued by its production (windspun and dyed with natural dyes in Maine) and the gorgeous rusty shade, I brought home with me two fat skeins.  A few weeks later I found the Sartorial Cowl pattern, and bereft of anything else to knit, cast on.  The slightly thick-thin texture had a rustic look to it that I thought would work nicely with her more polished pattern.

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Assets and liabilities: The yarn texture outshone the stitch work.  I think this pattern needs a smoother fiber so that the stitches can really sing.

Frogging or donating? Frogging.  I’d like to make Alana Dakos‘s Sprig Cloche with the yarn.  That is, if I can find the woven-in ends…

Lessons learned: While I was making this I learned a lot about how to knit slipped stitches.  For a bigger picture lesson, I also figured out that knowing your yarn — and knowing whether it’s truly suitable for a pattern — is an important skill when sitting down to work on something.

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