When I was asked to do this test knit I didn’t have enough DK weight yarn lying around that wasn’t claimed for another project yet (with my stash size this is quite impressive). Perfect excuse to buy some new deliciousness. Given the relatively few yards needed for a small cowl I figured I could treat myself to some more luxurious yarn, which I’d normally probably pass on because of the price. I chose Fyberspates Vivacious DK, a new to me yarn. I am so glad I spent a little more on getting nice yarn, because it is really spectacular to work with. Not only the intensity of the colour, but also the softness and stretchiness of this yarn worked perfectly for a cabled cowl. I’m already imagining all kinds of new projects I could use this yarn for.
Getting the yarn right was of course great, but it really came to life in combination with this pattern. As I mentioned before, it was a project I was actually hoping would never end, I enjoyed working on it so much. I loved the feel of this soft yarn between my fingers and seeing the cables come to life. The cowl is already getting a lot of wear, it’s perfect to keep the still chilly spring air away, but still being light to wear.
Now if all my gushing didn’t make you excited for knitting a cabled cowl I don’t know what will. And Julie has very generously offered to give away one free pattern of the Hyperballad cowl to one lucky reader of this blog! The pattern includes instructions for two sizes, the shorter one I made and a longer one (you can find examples of the longer version here). All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this post before Saturday 25th of April 12:00 CEST. In the comment let me know what kind of projects you like to work on in the springtime and be sure to include your ravelry id in the comment as well!
The winner will be announced next weekend, good luck!