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Lost Knits: Happy Solitude Cowl


I made this sunny yellow cabled cowl in February for my big sister’s birthday.  It turned out so well, I think I may have to make one for myself next winter.  I’d wanted a quick knit, so chose this bulky weight cowl and as with the baby knits, I decided to choose a bright colour to pierce through the winter gloom.

The yarn I used was Rowan Big Wool and I only used a ball and a half.  As I bought three, there is plenty left over to make another one.  The pattern is Happy Solitude Cowl by Veera Välimäki.  My version turned out a bit smaller than the one in the pattern, but I think this may be because I got bored of knitting the repeat so cast off sooner than I should!


It was a quick knit; it only took me a week or so to complete.  There is no seaming and all shaping is cleverly done using short rows.  The buttons were from Joyafibers on Etsy.  I have ordered a few times from her so far now, and I have been really pleased each time.  It is also very versatile as you can wear it partly unbuttoned to have it covering your shoulders or button it all the way up for a super snuggly neck.