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Annabella's Cowl Project - Alpaca Silk and Kidsilk Haze Version

Annabella's Cowl Project - Alpaca Silk and Kidsilk Haze Version

"Ciao Annabella! Hello lustrous warmth!"

Annabella’s Cowl is one of our go-to accessory patterns. Soft and scrumptious around the neck, its elegant length lets you wear it as a hood, if the need arises! To continue our tradition of a two-stranded version, we searched for yarns with drape, luster and warmth. This quest led us to Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk combined with Rowan Kidsilk Haze. Alpaca and silk are unbeatable for drape and luster, and mohair blends in a feather-weight halo of downy warmth. Mission accomplished!

This is our first solid-colored version of Annabella’s Cowl. We chose similar shades of each yarn and love the way that Kidsilk Haze blends in just a hint of heathering to Alpaca Silk’s richly lustrous hues. The resulting color somehow seems greater than the sum of the parts! We’ve selected some of our favorite colorways below. (If you’d prefer to mix your own, just check out the Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk and Rowan Kidsilk Haze pages for a full selection.)

Approx. 17"/43cm around (slightly stretched) x 29"/74cm long.

Approx. 17 sts = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch, using both yarns held together.

2 skeins Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk (50% alpaca, 50% silk; 146 yds/133m each) and 2 skeins Rowan Kidsilk Haze (70% super kid mohair, 30% silk; 229yds/209m each).

US 9 (5.5mm) 16"/40cm circular knitting needles (or size to obtain gauge).
Annabella's Cowl Pattern (available below).

The simple stitch pattern and knit-in-the-round, seamless construction make this an easy project, suitable for a beginning knitter. When knitting with lace-weight mohair yarn, we prefer pointier needles over blunt–we like the extra bit of control and precision you get with a pointy needle. Also watch to be sure you catch both yarn strands in each stitch.

Make sure you get your cowl joined without a twist. Check when you join, and check again as you near the end of your first round. If you discover a twist at that point, you can fix it at the end of the round, rotating your needles around each other. If you go on and discover a twist after you've begun your second round, or later, there is nothing to do but pull out your work and begin again. It's happened to all of us at some point!

COLOR: Blue - Anthracite.

COLOR: Crabapple - Blood.

COLOR: Garnet - Liqueur.

COLOR: Plum - Blackcurrant.

COLOR: Night - Wicked.

COLOR: Sapphire - Trance.

COLOR: Peapod - Fern.

COLOR: Sand Dune - Pearl.

COLOR: Riviera - Ultra.

Printed Annabella's Cowl pattern. (Requires shipping.)

Digital Annabella's Cowl pattern. (Download)