Two things: I have a long neck and I'm cold a lot. That's why I love things that wrap around my shoulders and cover that vulnerable neck area between the top of my turned-up coat collar and my chin. But I'm not much of a scarf personthey're too long, too short, too narrow, too wide. And I'm always fidgeting with shawls. They don't seem to stay in place and just when I need to reach for something, I find my arm trapped in a tangle.
Hence, I'm delighted with this new kind of accessory that I'm seeing everywherea stand-alone cowl. This particular version reaches into a hood that is shaped with short rows to fit over the head. And it's worked in a stitch that I never ever grow tired ofhumble, easy, textural garter stitch.
This cowl is best worked in a yarn that's soft and somewhat squishy, something that will feel good against the skin as it fills its role as a shoulder and neck cocoon. Kumara is an excellent choice. Worked as a double strand of yarn, its soft halo and buoyant hand feel plush, light, and warm on the wearer.
85% extrafine merino, 15% baby camel
Kumara is a blend of extrafine merino and baby camel hair. Merino is a warm and buoyant fiber that takes dyes beautifully; camel is a super soft, luxurious fiber that, because of its short staple length, adds a lovely halo. The merino component is dyed before it’s spun with undyed camel hair. The blend of dyed and undyed fibers makes soft, muted colors. Kumara’s six twisted plies yield great stitch definition.
Kumara is available in 15 soft and dreamy colors.
Here is the free downloadable Kumara Cowl Hood pattern.
If you have difficulty downloading or printing the PDF pattern above, try these: page 1, page 2
Pam Allen’s Kumara Cowl Hood is a wonderful pattern to use as an introduction to working short rows. Short rows are usually worked using a wrap and turn technique (see the tutorial). This technique hides the turns for the short rows. If these turns are not hidden, holes or eyelets, appear where the short rows are turned.
Pam forgoes the wrap and turn technique, thus simplifying the short rows, and allowing the eyelets to become a design element in this piece. The simplicity makes this a great first project for someone new to short rows.