Ravelry is a great site for inspiration and free patterns, and this one is by Jen Geigley and is called the GAP-tastic Cowl.
I did take this pattern with me on our trip and managed to find a few knitting shops but I didn't manage to find any wool that really appealed to me or that I couldn't purchase at home. One of the things I was really after was a soft snuggly yarn as this would be worn around my neck.
It wasn't until I got back home and saw Heidi's post from Sewing Daisies about her Honey Cable Cowl and the gorgeous Morris & Sons Maya 14ply 100% Baby Alpaca that I knew this was the wool that I was looking for.
|Inspiration from Heidi|
The pattern does suggest a width of 15" but I thought this would be far too wide for my frame, so my cowl is 9" wide and this sits comfortably around my neck.
I purchased 7 balls of wool and have 3 and a bit left over, now to work out if I want a matching beret!
I cast on the stitches on Friday afternoon and cast off on Monday on the way home in the car!
This is the full length and I don't think I will wear it like this.
This is how I will wear it the most, looped over my head twice and I can't wait to mix it with my print tops!
And for those cold days have it looped over my head 3 times. Perfect for when you need your coat and something to keep your neck warm this is definitely the way to go!