Materials List: You will need the heart of a lion, but if you can knit, this you already have.
Cost of yarn for original Inspira………………………a few bucks
Time taken for 1st photo shoot…………………….about 5 minutes
Seeing evvvie’s cap for the first time………………….priceless
Inspired by evvvie’s sweet pompom hat
March 2013: evvvie’s pom pom hat, & inspiration for Inspira Cowl, is now available as a fully charted & written pattern in two sizes! (pattern link)
January 2013: A Lovely Video KAL!
Yellowdog has a series of brief tutorial videos from the Inspira Cowl Big Delight KAL, held last summer on the knitting blog portion of yellowdogknitting.com. Step-by-step guidance is offered for her own cowl project, Inspira Video KAL, Mesa Rock version. Various techniques are demonstrated, including stranding options for knitting the corrugated rib. No matter which of the three versions you knit, the elegant and succinct video KAL is helpful.
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Inspira Cowl is worked in the round on circular needles. Corrugated ribbing is used, where two different coloured yarns are stranded across each round. The ribbing height varies throughout for each of the three cowl options. After two plain knit rows, the corrugated ribbing pattern shifts, or is staggered, i.e., previous knit columns become purl columns. This graphic shift of colour & texture is what gives Inspira it’s dynamic flow.
A gauge swatch is recommended. Noticing among the projects the fit & particular CO numbers others have successfully used for their cowls may help beyond what is noted in the pattern.
Wishing you fun knitting your own unique Inspira Cowl.