Just a few stitches can make a difference

Kate recently finished two cowls as a bit of an experiment.  She knit up two Climb and Swirl Cowls designed by Craig Rosenfeld.  This FREE pattern is perfect for beginner knitters or those looking for a fun social knitting project.The pattern calls for an odd number of stitches at the cast on edge.  This means that the knit two, purl two rib spirals around the cowl because it is offset by the odd number of stitches. climb and swirlFor the version of the cowl shown above, Kate cast on the called for 75 stitches using two strands of madelinetosh Merino DK held together using a US 9 needle.  She continued knitting until she had justenough yarn remaining to cast off loosely with a larger needle.  This resulted in a cowl whose finished measurements are 20 inches in circumference and 15 inches tall.It has a snug fit surrounding her neck with soft folds of warmth.Kate then cast on for a wider version of the cowl that would be less snug and more flattering for larger figures.  She cast on 99 stitches using the same yarn and needles. cowl  b02This cowl has a finished blocked circumference of 26 inches and 11 1/2 inches tall.  The looser fit means that she can wear it further back on her shoulders and it acts to provide a stunning pop of holiday color instead of snuggly warmth.Which fit would you prefer to wear?This pattern will look terrific knit up with bulkier yarns held singly.   And may be a perfect pattern for a few last minute holiday gifts.We hope that you can stop by the shop to try on both versions of this cowl and find a yarn that you'd like to work with.  We look forward to seeing you soon.