I saw this cute little cowl pattern on KnitPicks a while ago, and thought it looked like a quick and easy little lace project. Their Shadow lace yarn is a lovely heathered wool, so I ordered some in a nice deep red, to try it out.
Of course I can never let things be simple, so I decided to swap out one of the lace motifs (a zig zag that I didn't really like) for a different lace motif (a sort of leaf or petal design) and rewrote the chart by hand with that substitution. It turned out to be a bit of a complicated pattern, with one motif containing lace on both sides (i.e. no rest rows on the wrong side) and several different motifs across the width, so I never managed to memorize certain parts of it and needed to refer to the chart the whole time.
The website suggests that you can wear it long "for a chic look" but I didn't feel particularly chic with it like that. Maybe it's just me. Of course, one little twist and doubling it up makes a pretty and featherweight cowl that sits like a cloud around the neck and looks lovely, too.
That's one more in the "completed" column.
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