by Kathleen Cubley February 06, 2020 2 min read

Our shop owner Kelley recently finished Ambah O'Brien's Adventurer Cowl, and during our weekly Technique Tuesday broadcasts on Facebook Live, she demonstrated a few techniques used in the project. 

Kelley's Adventurer Cowl, knit in two colors of Malabrigo Dos Tierras

The Adventurer Cowl is designed to work with mini-skeins, and Ambah specifically intended it for those fun Advent kits that are available around the holidays. But Kelley wanted to knit this cowl with stash yarn, so she choose two colors of Malabrigo Dos Tierras, Teal Feather and Anniversario, for her project.

Now let's get into the techniques!

Adding a Rolled Edge

Instead of doing the garter-stitch edge called for in the pattern, Kelley decided to do an easy slip-stitch edge that makes a nice, tidy rolled edge. Here's how she did it:

 

Knitting a Provisional Cast-On

The Adventurer Cowl is started with a provisional cast-on so it can be seamed together at the end. Kelley used the crochet provisional cast-on, which is my favorite, too. So easy and effective! Below, Kelley shows you how to work this technique.

Three-Needle Bind-Off vs. the Kitchener Stitch

The Adventurer Cowl is completed with a 3-needle bind-off, but Kelley decided to do Kitchener Stitch instead. Either is okay, but I thought I'd show you a clip of her doing both so you can decide which method you like better.

This project is really gorgeous, no matter if you choose a bunch of mini-skeins to work with, or just two colors like Kelley did. 

And with so many techniques to practice, it's a great pattern for stretching your skills. Ambah wrote the Adventurer Cowl for advanced beginners and beyond, and if you're a beginning chart reader, the pattern includes both written and charted instructions for the lace.

Don't forget to join us every Tuesday at 9:30 Pacific on our Facebook page for Technique Tuesday! You can see from the clips above how much valuable information Kelley shares. 

Cheers,

 

 

Kathleen Cubley
Kathleen Cubley



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