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Project info
Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham
TBD (7" x 40" depending on yardage)
Needles & yarn
US 5 - 3.75 mm
324 yards = 1.18 skeins
Brooklyn Tweed Loft
36 yards in stash
0.66 skeins = 181.5 yards (166.0 meters), 33 grams
Brooklyn Tweed
February 5, 2013
Brooklyn Tweed Loft
36 yards in stash
0.52 skeins = 143.0 yards (130.8 meters), 26 grams
Brooklyn Tweed
March 25, 2013

Bust the Stash Project 11

Iโ€™ll very likely have make this smaller to meet the needs of the yardage I have - about 70% of recommended amount. Iโ€™m considering whether to do the Inspiration or Free Spirit version.

Note: Iโ€™ve made the Inspiration (the one wherein the stripe pattern is dictated) as long as I can control the yardage as I go (and the pattern instructions indicate that I can). Having said that, Iโ€™ve had to modify the stripe pattern somewhat to meet my suboptimal yarn quantities. Too bad cuz I really like the striping, as instructed. Mind you, I can always make this entirely according to instructions the next time.

So far Iโ€™ve determined that:

  • Clues 1 and 2 will use @ half the yarn.
  • Clues 3 and 4 will use @ half the yarn.
  • Clues 1 and 4 use @ same amount of yarn and Clues 2 and 3 use @ same amount of yarn.
  • I have slightly more of 1 yardage than the other (217 yards of Woodsmoke vs 179 yards of Barn Owl).
  • Apparently the main colour uses slightly less yarn than the contrast colour so Iโ€™ll use:

Main colour = Barn Owl (Darker Beige)
Contrast colour = Woodsmoke (Lighter beige)


OK - Iโ€™ve figured out the nature of the cowl width: The width is the height of the initial triangle (aka the length of one side of the slip stitched edge from the original cast on stitch). By this premise, if Iโ€™m looking for a 7 inch width of cowl, I need to work the initial triangle for 7 inches in height / length from centre stitch to last slip stitch along the edge. Note: Thatโ€™s 56 stitches to work out from the triangle in either direction when working Clues 2 and 3 sections.

I knit the initial piece in Clue 1 (main colour) at 5 inches (as instructed), so if I only knit the 2nd piece of Clue 1 (the contrast colour block) at 2โ€, my cowl will likely look different than the Inspiration version. (Note: Now that Iโ€™ve done this, I can say it doesnโ€™t look strange - barely notable.)


This is such an enjoyable knit. It compels one to keep going. Iโ€™m only going to have enough yarn to make the cowl 39 inches long (vs the 48 that the M Inspriation pattern calls for) but itโ€™s likely block longer and I sense Iโ€™ll be able to wrap it around my neck twice.


Itโ€™s wet blocking now (with pins to give structure). Itโ€™s 49 inches long wet / with pins. Not sure if it will retain that length when dry. I hope so.

This isnโ€™t my best work from any perspective (striping, errors) but Iโ€™m not upset. It was very enjoyable to knit and I know that Iโ€™ll do better next time.


BT yarn is very springy so there was a bit of snap back after I removed the pins from the blocked/dried cowl. Not too much though. Iโ€™d say this cowl is just long enough to wrap around the neck 2x. Iโ€™d def make it longer next time but this was a great stash bust.


Decided to give this to Debra Bell for Xmasโ€ฆ

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  • Originally queued: January 8, 2016
  • Project created: March 5, 2016
  • Finished: March 13, 2016
  • Updated: December 27, 2016
  • Progress updates: 5 updates