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December 16 2011
December 24 2011
Project info
Smooth Edge(s)
Smooth Edge by Veera Välimäki
Gma B. and Kathleen
Needles & yarn
US 10 - 6.0 mm
687 yards = 6.25 skeins
Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist
65 yards in stash
3.05 skeins = 335.5 yards (306.8 meters), 152 grams
Crazy Girl Yarn Shop in Coralville, Iowa
Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist
none left in stash
3.2 skeins = 352.0 yards (321.9 meters), 160 grams
Crazy Girl Yarn Shop

I scored some black and white Baby Twist at the shop and had no idea what to do with it until I remembered this pattern. I’ll make a cowl out of each color. I’m not sure how the dk weight will affect the length of the cowl, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it!

Is the yarn Veera used dk or worsted…? We’ll see if my yarn will work on the 10s.

The projects are about half and half dk and worsted. The dk yarn I’m using is the perfect density in the herringbone stitch. I’ll be surprised if the cowl’s circumference is anywhere near 53.5”, though. It’s really tricky to keep track of what row I’m on between the front and back of the cowl, but I think I’ve managed so far. I’d recommend using row counters at the beginning of each herringbone section (I would if I had any that weren’t already in use :P). Knitting the black one first was probably also a mistake, but the white one will be a breeze, eh? :D In all, loving this project. It’s a challenge I don’t find in knitting very often anymore.

I’m really afraid this thing is going to be MASSIVE. :S

After finishing the first one, I am super skeptical. I’ll block it the way everyone recommends, then try to figure out how to wear it, then decide. All the others look great, so it must be the magic blocking I need.

Blocking is working well. I will need to steam it to get a tiny bit longer and a lot flatter, but it’s much better already. I’m about halfway through the white one. I should have started with it. It looks amazing and makes me feel much better about the whole project. I’m knitting it a touch looser, so it should block better and with less force. I was iffy about having one of my own, but the white one…!

Both are beautiful and cozy, but have some issues I’ll have to solve to get it to work the way I think it should. Worsted weight yarn may solve most of my problems, of course. The garter on the black one was perfectly fine after blocking, but the white one showed every wrap and turn. The herringbone sections blocked smaller than they measured (which turned out okay because 14” would have been too big). I never did figure out how to wrap it around my neck and keep the big herringbone section at the front and the little one at the back of my neck. Is that not how it’s supposed to be worn?

Complaints aside (they certainly stem from my own misunderstandings and preferences), they really did turn out beautifully and I’m going to make one more to try to figure it all out. :)

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by Alpaca with a Twist
100% Alpaca
110 yards / 50 grams
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  • Originally queued: November 26, 2011
  • Project created: December 16, 2011
  • Finished: December 25, 2011
  • Updated: April 7, 2012
  • Progress updates: 4 updates